Published by Amy Snyder.

If you’re a parent, then you already know that snacks are one of the highlights of a child’s day and that it’s a constant battle to keep the unhealthy ones out of little hands. Everywhere you look, Dora or Mickey is plastered on food packages, making it nearly impossible to convince kids that they don’t need those snacks. When children see a Dora snack, all they know is that they want it—now.

Many children’s snacks aren’t very good for them, and I believe that less-processed homemade vegan snacks are a lot healthier. One of my favorite kids’ snacks at the moment is homemade oatmeal snack bars—one batch of these yummy treats will last for days. The following recipe is sugar-free, but your children will never know it.

This recipe was adapted from a sugar-free cookie recipe on the Dr. Oz website.

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Snack Bars
2 ripe bananas
1/3 cup peanut butter
2 Tbsp. soy milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 Tbsp. agave nectar
Ener-G Egg Replacer equivalent of 1 egg
2 1/2 cups quick-cooking or rolled oats
1/4 cup whole-wheat flour
1 dash ground cinnamon

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9-inch-by-9-inch glass baking dish and set aside.
  • Place the bananas in a large bowl and mash with a fork until smooth. Add the peanut butter, soy milk, vanilla, agave nectar, and egg replacer and whisk.
  • Add the oats, flour, and cinnamon and stir until well combined.
  • Press the mixture into the greased dish and bake for 13 to 16 minutes, or until pale golden brown. Cool before cutting into bars.

Makes 12 servings

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