My favorite part of trying new recipes is when my 13 month old daughter eats it. I'm extremely happy if she eats it a second time around. Lately, Sydney has been loving all things banana and although banana is a great source of Vitamin B6, Manganese, Vitamin C and Potassium, I want to make sure to leave room for other healthy foods. Enter Sweet Potato Banana Bites. These little bites of goodness contain a variety of nutrients - Vitamin A, C and more from the sweet potato, the benefits of banana mentioned above, and healthy fats from the egg and nut butter. Up until the age of 2, toddlers should be getting about 50% of their calories from fat. I added chia seeds into mine, for a little extra DHA punch. These are also great on the go and seem to freeze very well. Snacks can be hit or miss in our house and I love when I hit a home run!
Sweet Potato Banana Bites
I modified this recipe to create my very own bites
1 medium banana
1 medium sweet potato, cooked and mashed
1/4 cup nut butter like peanut, almond or sunflower seed butter
Additional mixins (optional): chia seeds, ground flax seed, apple sauce, pureed vegetables like spinach or carrot, ground nuts like walnut or pecans (just be sure these are ground as whole nuts are a choking hazard for toddlers)
1. Mash banana in a medium bowl with a fork until smooth
2. Add mashed sweet potato
3. Add eggs and wisk until combined
4. Stir in nut butter and add any mixins.
5. Place one tbsp of batter into a well oiled mini muffin tin
6. Bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees
7. Enjoy immediately or freeze for 2-3 months