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Banana-oat baby bites

They have a surprising benefit for new parents.

“Many snacks for babies and toddlers don’t contain much nutrition,” says Marissa Lippert, RD, a New York City-based nutritionist and founder of Nourish Baby. Her no-cook bites deliver protein, complex carbs, and healthy fats. “This balance keeps blood sugar levels steady, which can fend off tantrums,” she says. Plus, kids love the banana-coconut taste and texture. Whip up a batch for children and babies age six months and older.

Yields 20 bites

Prep time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

1 very ripe banana
1/2 cup oats
1/2 cup pecans
3 to 4 dates
1 tablespoon hemp seed
1 tablespoon chia seed
1 tablespoon shredded unsweetened coconut
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

1.
In a food processor, blend all ingredients until slightly chunky, but smooth and malleable.
2.
Form 20 one-inch balls using your hands. Serve, or transfer to a parchment-lined freezer-safe container. Store in freezer for up to three months.