Naturally sweetened with pear and raisins, these soft sugar free baby flapjacks are a tasty baby led weaning snack, perfect for little hands to hold. They are an easy and healthy snack that toddler and kids enjoy too!
These healthy oat bars are packed full of oats, peanut butter and pear and are a great snack on the go. Alongside these baby banana muffins, they were my son’s favourite baby led weaning snack.
Why we love this flapjack recipe
- Delicious baby led weaning snack – that toddlers love too!
- Sugar free – the sweetness comes from pear and raisins.
- Handy portable snack, with minimal mess.
- Tasty finger food, perfect for little hands to hold.
- Pear – I have made these flapjacks with Packham or Beurre Bosc, if you are in the UK, Conference pears will work well.
- Raisins – you can also use sultanas.
- Oats – I use quick cook oats as smaller and softer, you can use rolled oats and blitz, or if making these flapjacks for toddlers or older kids, leave whole. Blitz them in the food processor.
- Peanut butter – use smooth peanut butter with no added sugar and salt.
How to make flapjacks for babies
- Blitz oats to desired size.
- Cook the pear with the raisins until soft. Mash or puree.
- Mix the oats with the pear puree, melted butter, peanut butter and cinnamon.
- Spoon in to a lined tin and press down.
Check your oats are gluten free. The other ingredients are gluten free.
Current thoughts are that introducing peanut butter to a baby at a younger age such as 8 months, is beneficial. Please consult your doctor before introducing allergens to your baby.
My recipe tips
- When making these flapjack bars for babies, blitz the oats in a mini food processor, but if making them for toddlers or older kids, feel free to skip this step.
- If your peanut butter is thick, add it to the melted butter in the warm pan to soften.
- These oat bars are dryer and much less sweet than traditional flapjacks, and I found them slightly dry for my tastes, but my son has loved them for years – from baby led weaning, to toddler snacks, and now as a 4 year old.
- For dairy free flapjacks – use dairy free spread in place of the butter.
Storing baby flapjacks
As these flapjacks are made with pear puree, they are best eaten within 24 hours.
However you can freeze these flapjacks: wrap well then freeze. I find it best to wrap individually and freeze in an airtight container then I can take out one at a time. They defrost in under an hour at room temperature.
More baby led leaning snacks
These portable snack recipes for blw are all kid friendly too:
- 1 large pear, peeled, cored and diced ($0.80 / £0.15)
- ½ tablespoon raisins or sultanas ($0.08 / £0.02)
- 75 g quick cook oats ($0.15 / £0.12)
- 20 g butter, melted ($0.26 / £0.14)
- 1 tablespoon smooth peanut butter ($0.20 / £0.08)
- Pinch cinnamon ($0.03 / £0.01)
- Preheat oven to 170˚C/340˚F
- Optional step if giving these flapjacks to a younger baby: blend the oats to a flour. For older babies that can cope with texture, leave oats as they are.
- In a small saucepan, cooked the pear and raisins in a splash of water until soft. Depending on age of baby, either mash it with a potato masher, or blend it to a smooth paste.
- Mix the oats with the pear mixture, melted butter, peanut butter and cinnamon.
- Spoon into a lined tin, pressing down to around 1 cm thick.
- Bake for 20 minutes.
- Leave to cool in the tin, then cut into squares.
- Best eaten within 2 days, or freeze.
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