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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.

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/854013

      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!
        http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/eat...

        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.

            1. Challah bread or soft pretzels. Once dough is made you can have fun shaping and adding toppings ( choc chips, sprinkles, rolling, etc

              1. Several recipes for edible play dough are really fun. My kids loved to make them.

                Older toddlers would probably love anything that you have to roll out -- cookies, pie dough, etc.

                Also, you probably know, kids love normal things that are made small: small loves of bread just for them, rolls, muffins, in interesting shapes.

                Smitten Kitchen has a recipe for home-made goldfish crackers that I would make if I had a toddler...

                1. My recipe for Healthy Hummingbird Muffins was a finalist in a CHOW recipe contest: http://www.chow.com/recipes/29597-hea...

                  Also google: Nikki's Healthy Cookies. As vegan recipes are not my concern, I add an egg, which makes them hold together better.

                  Use the cookie recipe on a container of oatmeal - it will have the maximum proportion of oats.

                  However, I would suggest you use this opportunity to introduce the kidlet to some non-starch snacks. You can make your own jello using various fruit juices and plain Knox
                  gelatin packets, one of which will jell two cups of liquid. Things like fresh berries in jelled ginger ale or lemon-lime soda are pretty, easy to make, and refreshing.

                  1. What about simple crackers?
                    http://www.marthastewart.com/333818/s...
                    This Chow cornbread recipe is simple
                    http://www.chow.com/recipes/30498-eas...

                    1. I second the recommendation for soft pretzels. For sweet things that have some benefit, would also recommend banana bread, for savory, make cornbread muffins.

                      1. my twin toddler neighbors love making pizza dough -- you could do whole wheat and make dough one day, then portion out to make mini snack pizzas as needed/desired, and she has the fun of topping them as well.

                        what about making yogurt? or yogurt cheese to eat with fruit?

                        or baked fruit? like apples or peaches cored and stuffed

                        graham crackers

                        oat or whole grain waffles

                        whoopie pies
                        http://www.parenting.com/article/heal...

                        oatmeal snack biscuits http://www.parenting.com/article/oatm...

                        breadsticks
                        http://www.parenting.com/article/quic...

                        orange cranberry muffins
                        http://www.parenting.com/article/oran...