Instant Pot Blueberry Maple Oat Bites – the Perfect Toddler Snack!
These Instant Pot Blueberry Maple Oat Bites are the perfect snack for your active toddler! Healthy, refined-sugar and dairy free, and full of fruit and fiber, they’ll keep your little one full and happy!
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Camden will be 1 in a few days, and he’s slowly starting to back off on how much milk he drinks. He’s down to 4 feedings a day, but he is crazy active. So even with breakfast, lunch and dinner, he’s in need of a small snack or two each day to stay full and happy. It is amazing how much a one year old can eat.
I buy him puffs, creamies, and baby rice cakes, but I wanted something with a little more substance to give a hungry, active toddler to snack on. And I wanted it to be healthy, because I’m a crunchy mama like that. He’s started eating puffs in his snack catcher, and he brings the empty catcher to me, asking for me to put more puffs in it. That tells me it’s time for something with more substance!
So I created these Blueberry Maple Oat Bites. They’re full of fruit – blueberries, bananas and unsweetened applesauce – and packed with healthy oats and flaxseed. There is no refined sugar (and only 1 tbsp. of pure maple syrup), no dairy, and no eggs. Basically, these Blueberry Maple Oat Bites are free of junk, full of healthy foods, and they still taste great too!
Camden loves them, and they’re great for snacks or for quick breakfasts or lunches on the go.
Making the Blueberry Maple Oat Bites
I made these bites using just my blender and my Instant Pot. It made mixing, baking and cleanup so stinkin’ easy!
To make the bites, pulse the old-fashioned oats in your blender. Add the flaxseed and pancake mix and give it a couple quick pulse.
Peel your bananas, break them up, and add them – along with your vanilla, applesauce and maple syrup – to the blender. Blend the mixture until it’s nice and smooth.
Remove the blade, then stir in your halved blueberries by hand.
Pour into a greased/sprayed silicone egg bite mold. Fill each mold almost to the top – it should just fill all 7 molds. (Alternatively, you could cook it in a 6- or 7-inch round pan, but the cook time would be longer.)
Cover the mold loosely with foil. You want to leave room for the bites to puff up a bit when they cook.
Pour 1 1/2 c. water into the bottom of your Instant Pot. Place the trivet in the bottom, and set the egg bite mold on top. Close the lid, seal, and set to ‘manual’ for 7 minutes.
When the timer goes off, quick release the pressure. Remove the mold from the IP, let it cool for a few minutes, and then pop each bite out!
Storing Your Blueberry Maple Oat Bites
I find that these stay best when I store them in the refrigerator. I just pull one out when I need it, and Camden either eats it cold, or I toss it in the microwave for 20-25 seconds.
TIP: If you heat these in the microwave, the blueberries get very hot very quickly! I cut it into pieces after I heat it and let it cool a bit.
These delicious blueberry maple oat bites are the perfect toddler snack - egg/dairy/refined sugar free and little ones love filling their bellies with these!
- 1 1/2 c. old fashioned oats
- 1 tbsp. ground flaxseed
- 1/4 c. all-natural, no sugar pancake mix
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 very ripe bananas
- 1/4 c. unsweetened applesauce
- 1 tbsp. pure maple syrup (NOT imitation)
- 1 c. halved blueberries
In a food processor or high-powered blender (I use my Ninja), pulse the oats until they are the consistency of instant oats. Add the flaxseed and pancake mix and pulse a couple times to combine.
Peel the bananas and break into thirds. Put in blender along with vanilla, applesauce and maple syrup. Blend for 1-2 minutes, until well combined.
Stir in blueberries by hand (I removed the blade from my blender and then stirred in the berries).
Spoon evenly into greased egg bite molds. Cover mold loosely with foil.
Pour 1 1/2 c. water into the bottom of the Instant Pot. Place the trivet in, and put the egg bites mold on top of the trivet.
Put lid on, seal, and set to 'manual' for 6 minutes. When the timer goes off, quick-release the pressure. Remove the egg bites mold, let cool for a few minutes and then pop the oat bites out!