We all know that our baby’s health and well-being is of top priority for any parent. Having said that, as a busy parent it’s not always possible to find the time (or energy for that matter) to provide healthy and nutritious meals for our children. This proves even more difficult for busy, on-the-go parents, which means it’s easy to resort to pre-packaged snacks for the kids.
I’ve been making this homemade puffed rice cereal for my kids since they were babies. They’re now 2 1/2 and 4 years old but they still love this healthy, naturally sweetened, wholesome cereal.
Although many companies have jumped on the ‘all-natural’ and ‘organic’ bandwagon it’s important for parents to be aware of the ingredients that these products contain. One of the only ways to know what actually goes into your baby’s food is by making it yourself. In the last few years a variety of packaged finger foods have turned up on the market. Although they offer variety for baby they also contain a ton of hidden unhealthy ingredients and just aren’t as healthy as you might think. Here’s why;
My kids love this simple recipe but I often add other healthy ingredients, such as;
In a medium frying pan, heat the coconut oil, honey and almond butter on low heat until melted, stirring to combine until smooth.
Turn off the heat then add the puffed rice. Mix with a large wooden spoon or spatula until the puffed rice is completely coated with the wet ingredients. Remove immediately from the heat and set aside to cool.
Serve warm or at room temperature as a quick grab n’go snack or with milk for a hearty, healthy breakfast option for baby.
Store in an airtight container or zip-lock bag in the pantry for up to 3 weeks.