My toddler eats cookies every day of his life. Or at least, he thinks he does. Ben is an oatmeal fiend. He would eat it for three meals a day if he could. This is fine, of course. Oatmeal is pretty darn nutritious. What isn’t great, however, are the mix ins I have to add to make it a little bit more palatable. Sometimes it’s honey and sometimes it’s jam. I’m not nuts about the added sugar that comes with either of these. I could certainly just add a bunch of fresh fruit, but I’d prefer to use our fruit for snacks throughout the day. Luckily, I discovered banana oatmeal cookies.
It doesn’t get any easier than these cookies. They take less than five minutes to make and about fifteen minutes to bake. That’s the length of a toddler tantrum!
Preheat the oven to 350°. Smoosh your bananas until they are pretty smooth. Don’t make purée, though; a few chunks are good.
Add 1/2 cup of oatmeal for every banana, and mix well. You can also add dried fruit, nut butters, chia, or flax at this point. I found that almond butter takes away from some of the sweatness, though. Also, for every two tablespoons of nut butter, add another 1/2 cup of oatmeal.
Plop your “dough” (about a tablespoon) onto a cookie sheet. I recommend that you use a Silpat or parchment paper; these are sticky.
Bake for fifteen minutes, or until the bottoms are brown. Let cool on a wire rack.
Do you see why I love these? They are so simple, my kid devours them, and he isn’t eating any unnecessary sugar. Even a young toddler can help with these cookies. We have worked them into our weekly routine, and make them every Tuesday morning (yes, I know Friday is the official Waldorf Oats Day but Friday is playdate day and also I like to live on the edge). After Tuesday breakfast, I pack the rest up, store them in the fridge, and let my toddler eat cookies whenever he wants. Win-win.
What’s your favorite toddler snack? Please share in the comments!
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