Refined sugar-free - this raspberry oat bake is deceptively sweet!
Healthy baked treat anyone? Two weeks into homeschooling and we're getting loads of requests for healthy baked treats.
I am so passionate about good, simple food. And taking lovely sweet bakes and making them healthy is something I LOVE to do.
With all the kids at home, I'm sure you're inundated with snack requests. "I'm hunger" is the most uttered phrase in our house this past two weeks.
Kids love to snack. And sometimes it can feel never-ending. From a nutritional standpoint, snacking is essential for children. Our little ones have smaller stomachs than we do. They need to eat more often to fill nutritional gaps and keep energy levels up.
The tricky part for us parents is finding a snack that’s nutritious, quick & easy to prepare and appealing to kids.
What Makes A Healthy Snack
When it comes to snacks there are a few things to consider:
- Always check the sugar content on the nutritional label - 4g of sugar equals 1 teaspoon. Children should be consuming no more than 6 teaspoons of sugar per day. High-sugar foods tend to contain fewer vitamins, minerals and fibre. And they may start to replace the nutritious foods children need to grow and develop. So if you're picking a snack that has a nutrition label, check this and aim for ones that have less than 4g of sugar.
- Focus on fibre and protein - both protein and dietary fibre provide many health benefits individually but one benefit they have in common is that they both provide satiety (fullness). They take longer to digest and break down than carbohydrates, so they make your kids feel fuller longer. And they help to stabilize energy levels, blood sugar levels and appetite.
- If you are purchasing snack bars etc for your kids - choose ones that have 5 ingredients or less.
- Better yet - get busy in the kitchen with them and bake some yummy, healthy treats, like this gorgeous raspberry oat bake, where you control the ingredients and the sugar content.
Raspberry Oat Bake
This raspberry oat bake is delicious and couldn’t be simpler to prepare. Just pop the ingredients into a food processor and blitz. And literally, that's it. So simple.
This recipe makes 20 squares that will vanish all too quickly. And my favourite - this recipe is refined sugar-free! Sweetened by a couple of ripe bananas and medjool dates, these bites really hit the spot.
My kiddos enjoy these tasty bites as an afternoon snack. Served with some Greek yogurt and fruit - these also make a delicious balanced breakfast.
If you love to bake, then I have a feeling you'll love these other sweet treats too:
- Super Fudgy Brownies
- Healthy Courgette Bread
- Blueberry Scone Cake
- Healthy Chocolate Banana Bread
- Raspberry Lemon Muffins
Be sure to let us know if you try this recipe - your feedback is much appreciated!