Log in: Kristin Meier

I love kid-friendly recipes that are filled with wholesome ingredients.  

Getting kids in the kitchen allows them to be active participants in creating a delicious product. Insodoing, cooking with kids allows them to “buy-in” to the concept that healthy food can be tasty. 

Kids take pride in knowing they created something scrumptious, but it is not the product that is the goal, it is the process that is key! 

Cooking with kids affords an excellent opportunity to participate in a dialogue about healthy food choices. When you cook with your kids, you have a captive audience which you can educate about fruits, grains, and other nutrient-rich foods. 

When I cook with my kids, we talk about how we can substitute ingredients to make food more healthy,  omitting or adding certain ingredients to make the recipe more nutritious, while not compromising on taste. 

These “A-B-C-D Bars” are the perfect treat to get your kids in the kitchen!  My kids loved the process and the product!     

  • 8 Medjool dates, pureed in food processor
  • 2 C organic apple sauce
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed or pureed
  • 2 T cinnamon
  • ½ allspice
  • ½ pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ c coconut
  • ¼ c ground flax
  • ¼ sunflower seeds
  • ½ walnuts, chopped
  • ¼ raisins
  • 4 C Old Fashioned oats

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Puree pitted dates with applesauce, bananas, cinnamon, allspice, and pumpkin pie spice in food processor. Transfer mixture to large mixing bowl and stir to combine all remaining ingredients. Spoon mixture into greased baking pan. Bake for about 20-30 minutes. Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes, then use a knife around edge of pan before turning upside down to cool on cooling rack.  Cut into squares when cool.  Enjoy!