To be honest, I didn’t give much thought to food allergies with my first son. Of course I was nervous the first few times he tried new foods, especially something with peanuts because that’s what people cautioned me about.
However, those fears quickly faded away and I didn’t pay much attention to allergen labels.
Life has a funny way of making you pay attention
My second son was diagnosed with dairy and egg allergies at 4 months old. Soy has tested out okay, but dairy and egg will be something we reevaluate with his allergist as he gets older.
The day I picked up the EpiPen from the pharmacy and learned how to use it on a 4-month old was life changing and also something I am grateful for. It’s allowed me the opportunity to explore new ideas and recipes when it comes to making food.
Giving one child a treat and not the other is heartbreaking for me as a parent. I always try to be mindful about where we go out to eat or what we bake at home so that my son can have fun food too!
Traditional treats can still be challenging at times, but I have been slowly building a recipe collection of treats, cakes, snacks, and other fun goodies over the last year that have been toddler taste tested (and mommy) approved!
Today I’m sharing one of my favorite snacks for the whole family: a quick, 5-ingredient way to add in some fun deliciousness both of my kids enjoy, minus dairy and egg! (If there is a gluten allergy be sure to use a labeled gluten-free brand of oats and other ingredients!)
These banana oatmeal protein bites are a fun way to add a blend of carbs, protein, and healthy fat into your day. I enjoy trying to find ways to include a little bit of everything for a well-rounded, delicious snack that the whole family can eat.
While I’m no Betty Crocker, I do get satisfaction out of making yummy things for my kids to enjoy. I hope you like them also!
Banana Oatmeal Protein Bites
Makes Approximately 16 gobble-them-up fun-size bites.
Original recipe adapted from How Does She Facebook page found here.
- 2 ripe bananas
- 1 ¾ cups of quick oats (there are gluten-free kinds available) Always check your labels!
- ¼ -½ cup of dairy-free chocolate chips (I use Enjoy Life dark chocolate chips or you can find a similar product here.) Always check your labels!
- 1 ½ scoops (measure with scoop from protein) of non-dairy protein powder (your favorite plant, cricket or beef protein should work!) (I use Equip Foods, chocolate-flavor Prime Protein, a beef protein isolate which only has beef protein, cocoa, and stevia. More information here or for other protein options click here.) Always check your labels!
- 1 ½ tablespoons of melted coconut oil
- Mini muffin tin or a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. (If you don’t have a mini muffin tin, spoon some into a cookie size portion on a baking sheet!)
- Sprinkle of cinnamon, salt, or other fun spices as desired!
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Mash bananas
- Add protein powder and spices
- Melt coconut oil (dab a paper towel into oil and then grease the muffin tin to keep your treats from sticking or use a non-stick cooking spray of your choice!)
- Mix together (I’m fancy and use a fork)
- Add in oatmeal
- MOST IMPORTANT STEP: add chocolate chips! I use around ½ cup, but I’m pretty liberal there – sometimes more come out. Sorry not sorry!
- Stir together; everything should be sticking together at this point
- Take a spoon and place into mini muffin tin
- Bake for 18-20 minutes
- Let cool (if you can) and ENJOY!
My son gobbles them up right away!
I hope you enjoy these dairy and egg free treats as much as we do.