These crispy berry bites use 4 ingredients and take about 10 minutes to make if you’re working slowly with a toddler on your hip. You might be thinking that they closely resemble another recipe on Don’t Panic Mom. Am I lazy or smart? Probably both depending on the day. But the truth is Moms don’t need to have a million tricks to feed their children well. Find healthy recipes you can make without a headache and then add a bit of variety. This recipe is easy to memorize and then you can enjoy switching things up by adding different dried fruits and serving them in different shapes. I love these because everyone in my house will eat them and they store well in the fridge.
Next, choose your add ins. For a festive Valentine’s Day or Christmas theme, choose some red dried fruits like dried cranberries, tart cherries, or freeze dried raspberries.
The “glue” for this recipe is equal parts of nut butter and honey. I heated a half cup of each in the microwave for one minute, just enough time to melt. Pour over 4 cups of cereal and 2/3 cups worth of dried fruit.
Once you’ve incorporated the “glue” into all of the dry ingredients, dump out onto a cookie sheet covered in a piece of parchment. Make sure your parchment is long enough to fold over the mound of yumminess.
Fold the parchment over the top of the mound and press down with your hand. No, really. Press down firmly until you hear a bit of crunching. You don’t want your bites crumbling into a million little pieces. This step is important only if you’re using cookie cutters. If you are making round shapes, skip ahead.
If you’re making ball-shaped bites, check out this version of the squish. Eyeball a heaping tablespoon worth of mixture into your parchment covered hand and SQUISH! You will unveil a wonderful bite sized treat ready for a lunch box or serving tray. The parchment helps keep the little bits of brown rice from sticking to your hands. (Believe someone who has experienced this sticky phenomenon, it is a pain. A prickly, sticky, pain that yields zero cute shapes and naughty words.)
If you’re not going the ball-shaped route because your kids prefer squares or kangaroos, I totally know where you’re coming from. After you’re done squishing on top of the cookie sheet, use your hands or spatula to form your canvas. Mine looked like this. (Is that Nebraska?)
Here you go. A gorgeous, whole grain treat.
These are the perfect crunchy snack or addition to a lunch box. Ingredients Instructions Notes No parchment paper? No problem. You can use wax paper.
These are the perfect crunchy snack or addition to a lunch box.
No parchment paper? No problem. You can use wax paper.