Before I pour you a bowl of my milk and cereal bites, I want to take a moment to announce my role as a dairy ambassador for Milk Means More— a partnership with the United Dairy Industry of Michigan! I’m a proud supporter of Michigan agriculture, especially food products that I feel strongly about feeding my growing family. Nothing changes here on the blog other than I’ll continue sharing nutrient-rich recipes that often include dairy foods. Capeesh? Capeesh.
I’m sure you’ve seen “power bites” “energy balls” “snack bites” all over Pinterest. I know I have! I’ll admit I’ve tried a few of the “bites” recipes and they’ve been enjoyable for me— not so much for my toddler. He’s all about the classics when it comes to snacking: keep it simple, make it easy to hold, add peanut butter, and the snack gets bonus points if it comes with milk. When thinking about his go-to snacks, milk and dry cereal immediately come to mind. I’ve tried the milk and cereal in a bowl thing [like we humans eat it], but most of the milk ends up spilled in the high chair or on my floor. And yes, this Momma cries over spilled milk!
Because I’m conscious of my toddler’s snacking habits and keeping the floor somewhat clean, I came up with a compromise recipe: milk and cereal bites. Paired with fruit and a glass of milk, 1-2 of these bites makes the perfect toddler breakfast. I’ve even served them as a snack and enjoyed a few myself.
- 1 cup of old-fashioned oats
- 1 cup of whole grain O’s cereal
- ¾ cup of peanut butter
- 3 tablespoons of honey
- ⅓ cup of whole milk
- 1 cup of Greek yogurt, vanilla flavored
- In a medium-sized bowl, combine the peanut butter and honey. Microwave for 15 seconds. Stir, and microwave for 15 seconds more.
- Add the oats, O’s, and milk to that same bowl. Stir to combine.
- With a large ice cream scoop, form the bites and place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
- Dip each bite into the yogurt, coating half, placing back on the baking sheet. Place the yogurt-dipped bites into the freezer for one hour. Remove from the freezer and sit out at room temperature for 10-15 minutes before enjoying!
- Bites can be stored in your freezer in an airtight container for up to one month.
Mom likes hers with coffee and Joey likes his with milk. And “sheepy” had to be a good boy and sit on and watch while we devoured a few…