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Jul 19, 2013 09:55 PM

Toddler friendly baked goods

I'm a novice baker equipped with a brand new kitchenaid artisan stand mixer that I'm dying to use.

I made the brilliant decision of pulling my toddler out of daycare this summer so that we could spend some quality family-time together, not realizing that this also means I have to come up with a plethora of healthy treats for her (as she's become accustomed to the variety of homebaked goods at daycare... sigh)

So please share your tried and true HEALTHY toddler-friendly recipes please. Bonus points if they are easy enough for her to help me bake them. So far, we've made the yogurt cake from Bringing up Bébé and sorbet with much success :-)

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  1. Cookies are always good for toddlers and they are typically easy enough for a toddler to help with. The important thing is that you are spending time with your little one.

    1. Here's an easy recipe for oatmeal bars that tastes great and is sweet, but has healthy stuff in it, too.
      Don't overbeat it in your new mixer. Just a quick stir so the butter is incorporated evenly, but not so much that it turns into a ball of dough.

      1. We love zucchini bread. I start with Eating Well's recipe, adding nuts, dried fruits, chocolate chip, etc. We keep finding stealth bags of zucchini on our porch, but it's too hot to turn on the oven, so I've been shredding and freezing the zukes to use later.

        eta-forgot the link!

        1. How about bread? Honestly most of the sweet "healthy" baked goods I make (whole grain, lower sugar / fruit or vegetable loaded muffins or quick breads) are best done with a whisk and mixing bowl. But there are lots of interesting yeast breads that could put a stand mixer to work. The other idea that came to mind was meringues... Seems like fun food for a little one!

          1. How about granola bars? I like baked ones but there are some nobake recipes perfect for little hands to smush into a pan.