Nut Butter Date Bites

Nut Butter Date Bites

I recently took a trip to visit my family in Northern California. On that trip I was able to catch up with all my cousins who also have little ones of their own! As we sat at the park while our kiddos played, one of my cousins, Lea, who also happens to be a registered dietician, was feeding her one-year-old these date bites. I tried one and loved it, and knew The Kitchen Cub would, too.

You can read more about the amazing work my cousin does for the Bariatric community here.

Bite3

After the dates soaked for an hour, we started by having the cub help us take the pits out of the dates and chop them up. This is something she loves to do!

Bite2

She’s extra careful and working on watching her fingers while she chops.

Bite4

The cub helped us add all the chopped dates to the food processor. Next, in goes the oats.

Bite5

Then the chia seeds.

Bite6

And lastly, the nut butter. We used Trader Joe’s Mixed Nut Butter, which is a mixture of different nut butters. You can use peanut butter, almond butter or any nut butter you fancy.

Bite7

Put the top of the food processor on and pulse the mixture until it forms a ball of dough and all the ingredients look blended.

Bite8

Transfer to a bowl and start scooping.

Bite9

Grandma DiDi shows the cub how to roll them into balls between her palms. The cub is fascinated by this process!

bite10

“Now I try”, says the cub! She was so proud of her work. After you have rolled all the dough into balls, store them in the refrigerator.

bite11

But don’t forget the best part – eat one!

bite1

As you can see these are SIMPLE and easy to make. They are full of protein, vitamins, minerals, fiber, Omega 3 fatty acids, antioxidants, iron and calcium! They are easy to pack up for a snack and taste delicious!

 

Nut Butter Date Bites

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dates
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 2 tbs chia seeds
  • 2 tbs nut butter (Can be mixed, peanut, almond, cashew or any nut butter you like)

Directions

  1. Soak the dates in water for an hour.
  2. Remove pits and chop dates.
  3. Add dates, chia seeds, oats and nut butter to the food processor.
  4. Pulse the mixture until it forms a dough and all ingredients are mixed together.
  5. Transfer the dough to a bowl and start rolling the mixture into small bite-sized balls.
  6. Once you’ve rolled all of the dough into bite-sized balls, eat one, then store the rest in the refrigerator.

 

 

 

 

Berry Veggie Popsicle

Berry Veggie Popsicle

Did I mention we eat a lot of popsicles? We’re definitely on a popsicle kick with this heat! The cub helped Grandma DiDi create the perfect berry (with greens) popsicle. As always, no added sugar!

Popsicle2

Four whole ingredients, that’s it! Strawberries, blueberries, kale and broccoli.

popsicle4

First, we had the cub help us tear the kale off the stem. Drop the kale leaves in a bowl of cold water and clean the leaves thoroughly. Wash strawberries, blueberries and broccoli.

popsicle5

Have your cub add all the ingredients into your blender (or Vitamix in our case).  Add water or juice if you want it to be sweeter and blend.

popsicle6

The cub watches as Grandma DiDi pours the mixture into the Koji Popsicle Mold.

popsicle7

Have your cub help place the holders in each mold making sure that just a tiny bit squishes out the sides. Pop in the freezer for two hours and enjoy!

popsicle17

They are fruity and delicious and the perfect treat for a hot summer day. There is no easier way to get your little one to eat their veggies. Our cub has been eating these from day one and has no idea popsicles don’t usually include vegetables . Hoping to keep it this way for as long as possible!

 

Berry Veggie Popsicles

(Makes approximately 8 Koji popsicles)

Ingredients

1 cup strawberries
1 cup blueberries
1/4 cup raw broccoli
1/2 cup lightly packed raw kale
3/4 cup water (or juice of choice)

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender or Vitamix.
  2. Blend and add more liquid if necessary.
  3. Pour mixture into popsicle mold.
  4. Drop popsicle handle in and make sure you can see through mixture lightly squish out the sides of the handle.
  5. Place in the freezer for two hours and enjoy!

*If you have extra mixture left over, serve it as a smoothie!

Piña Colada Popsicles (virgin, of course!)

Piña Colada Popsicles (virgin, of course!)

Summer is here and that means lots of popsicles in our home! We’ve been making our own popsicles since our little cub was teething. It’s a great way to sneak in some greens and of course, skip the sugar!

Grandma DiDi dreamed up these piña colada popsicles in a yoga class a few months back. She truly never stops thinking about food. 😉 We are thankful she had that moment in yoga because these are delicious! Not to mention they only take 10 minutes to make.

popsicle8

Seven ingredients, that’s it. Almonds, dates, pineapple, banana, coconut, yogurt and lime. Easy peasy!

popsicle9

We started with the cub cutting the dates in half and taking the pits out. Every little chef needs the right tools and we think Curious Chef makes great kitchen accessories for toddlers. They are not paying me to say that – I truly like them!

Back to the recipe – Pulse the almonds and dates until they are blended into a fine crumble.

popsicle10

We found the perfect popsicle mold at Target and they are just the right size for the cub. If you are in the market, they are called Koji Ring popsicle mold. You can also use an ice cube tray with popsicle sticks or your own favorite popsicle mold.

Grandma DiDi shows the cub how to scoop the almond and date mixture into the Koji Ring popsicle mold. The cub is excited to show Grandma DiDi which hole is next. After all the molds have a teaspoon of almond mixture, use the back of a spoon and press the crumble tightly into the form. Set aside the rest of the almond and date mixture as you will need it later.

popsicle12

Using your food processor again, have your cub help add the rest of the ingredients. Squeezing the lime juice was a fun and a new experience for the cub. Blend together until all ingredients are well-mixed. The pineapple can be in small chunks.

popsicle14

The cub scoops a teaspoon size dollop of the yogurt mixture into the mold. Repeat a layer of the almond and date mixture and then another layer of yogurt mixture.

popsicle13

Stop and taste your creation!

Lastly, place the mold handles on the top and make sure just a small amount of mixture squeezes out of the sides. Pop them in the freezer for two hours and then enjoy!

popsicle15

They are as delicious as they look. Hurry, go make some – your cubs will love them!

popsicle16

This cub sure does! Do you have a favorite popsicle recipe? We want to hear about them.

Piña Colada Popsicles

(Makes approximately 8 Koji popsicles)

Ingredients

1/2 cup nonfat greek yogurt
1 small banana
1/4 cup pineapple
1/2 tsp lime juice
1/8 cup sweetened coconut
1/2 cup slivered almonds
3 dates

Directions

  1. In a food processor combine dates and almonds. Process until mix is a fine crumble and set aside.
  2. Fill base of the popsicle mold with thin layer of almond/date mixture. With the back of a spoon, press the mixture down packing it tight.
  3. In the same mixer, blend yogurt, banana, pineapple, lime juice and coconut. Pineapple can be in small chunks.
  4. Layer with a scoop of yogurt mixture. Repeat the layers one more time.
  5. Drop popsicle handle in and make sure you can see the yogurt mixture lightly squish out the sides of the handle.
  6. Place in the freezer for two hours and enjoy!