As much as I’d like to say that I make everything for my little peeps from scratch, it simply isn’t the case. I generally keep a stash of healthy snacks in the pantry for those times I just need to quickly grab a few quick snacks to pop in my handbag for the kiddos when we are heading out and about. One of our favourite pre-packaged snacks, that I haven’t paid enough attention to the label, is the LCM bar.
Unfortunately, whilst they are super tasty, they are expensive and have over 13 ingredients…. and at least 7 are sources are sugar!
Homemade Healthy LCM Bars
Thankfully, the lovely Holly Tickner at Taste Buds Feeding Therapy came to the rescue! Holly is a qualified paediatric Speech Pathologist who specialises in the area of baby, toddler and child feeding difficulties.
We made her wonderful recipe last weekend and Julian and Orlando just loved getting involved in making these! Getting kids involved in the cooking process is fabulous especially for fussy eaters, as it exposes them to new foods, textures, and getting messy!
Here’s why we love Holly’s Homemade Healthy LCMs Bars recipe:
- Great value for money
- Contain only five ingredients (six if you add sprinkles as we did!)
- Most of the sugar come from the natural sugars in the dried fruit
- Source of fibre
- Allergy friendly as they can be made dairy and gluten free
- 100% kid (and mum!) approved!
- 1 1/4 cups dried dates, chopped
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 90g butter / Nuttlex / coconut oil
- 4 cups rice bubbles (use GF to make this recipe gluten free)
- 1/2 cup dessicated coconut
- OPTIONAL – Sprinkles!
- Place the dates, sugar & butter/Nuttlex/coconut oil into a small saucepan.
- Cook on a low heat for about 15min, stirring regularly, until dates soften. (Note: if you use medjool dates, it will take about half this time.) Don’t let it boil.
- Remove from the heat, and combine with the rice bubbles and coconut in a large bowl.
- Press firmly into a lined slice tin.
- Sprinkle some colourful sprinkles on top if you want to add to the fun!
- Put in the fridge to let it set (couple of hours).
- Remove from fridge and allow to reach room temperature before cutting (it’s nicest eaten at room temp too).
Store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to four days or freeze for up to three months. Best eaten at room temperature.
Take a look at What to pack in a healthy lunchbox for more healthy kids snack ideas!
Rachel Cassidy is the founder of Little Peeps Eats. She is a passionate food blogger and brand ambassador, but her most important job is being a mum! Little Peeps Eats helps families take the stress out of mealtimes by providing healthy, kid approved recipes, as well as fussy eating tips and tricks. Their website hosts a directory of nutritionists, resources and mealtime products to ensure that you have everything you need at your fingertips when it comes to feeding your family.