“So, I am Batman and you are Robin… okay, Momma?  Or wait, no… I want to be Spiderman with powerful webs, and if I am Spiderman, then you can be Superman.”

Welcome to the mind of my wonderfully creative and active 4-year-old, Jack.  Every day is a new adventure, and I feel so grateful for the opportunity to experience life through his lens. If you couldn’t already tell, Jack constantly wants to play superheroes and literally take on a character in dress, voice, behavior —  a future actor perhaps? I understand the attraction. Superheroes are magical and they possess super powers! Who wouldn’t want super powers?

As a working mom of two, a holistic health counselor, and someone who is passionate about nourishing my kids, I feel like I’m constantly searching for creative and “magical” recipes to fuel my children. With the recent superhero drama in my house, I decided to play with the idea of making Superhero SuperFood Bars for kids. Why not create a whole food bar that literally includes “superfoods” and embodies characteristics of a superhero?  Superheroes represent incredible strength (the Hulk), extra stamina (Spiderman), rapid healing powers (Wolverine), flight (Superman), super speed (the Flash)…the list goes on…

So, on a recent rainy afternoon, while Sadie was napping, Jack pulled his chair up to the kitchen counter, grabbed his mixing spoon, and helped me stir up a delicious, whole food Batman bar. What is a Batman bar?  Check out our simple recipe:

1 ripe mashed banana 1.5 cup oats 1/4 cup ground flaxseedsM 1/4 cup chia seeds 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut 2 scoops hemp protein 1/2 cup raisins (or other dried fruit) 1/2 cup peanut butter (or a nut butter of your choice) 1/2 cup Enjoy Life dairy-free chocolate chips 1/3 cup maple syrup 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp vanilla extract

(These are all estimated amounts since, with Jack, I tend to be a little more lenient about exact measurements 🙂 It makes the experience more authentic and fun. Plus, you can’t really go wrong with banana, peanut butter, coconut, and chocolate in the mix 🙂 )

We threw the dry ingredients in a bowl and then added the wet ingredients, stirred and stirred, taste tested, transferred into an 8×8 baking dish, covered and put in the freezer for an hour or two. The Batman superfood mixture hardened in the freezer enough so that I could cut it into little bars, wrap them individually, and then save them for those emergency moments when we need an extra boost of strength or stamina, or when we want to fly :).

Jack was super excited about how they turned out and told all of his friends about gaining Batman strength from eating these homemade whole food bars. I look forward to our next magical concoction… already thinking about making one with quinoa and dates.

What superhero power would you want to possess? And what would be in your superfood bar?

Annie Wagoner