10 October 2006
munch a day late
today's recipe is a big favorite around here. i know. i always say that. but it's true! i'm trying to start with all the foods that have been a hit with at least one toddler. then i'll have to get into experimenting. but for now i give you:
BANANA OATMEAL cookies! as i have said before, i'm definitely a health food mom in that bb eats hardly any refined sugar. he eats organic when we can afford it. i bake with whole grains most of the time and he drinks soy milk rather than cow. so, i love this recipe because there's no wheat, no dairy, and no sugar AND he loves them! what more could i ask for?
it's funny when he asks/begs for a cookie and i have to be all, "well, only if you finish your lunch." when really he could eat them FOR lunch and that'd be fine with me.
so here goes:
BANANA OATMEAL COOKIES
2 cups rolled oats
2/3 cup of almonds or almond meal (if you have a Trader Joe's nearby you can get almond meal there. i go once every few months and stock up because the nearest one to me is an hour away.)
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1 1/2 cups mashed bananas (about 3, very ripe)
1/4 cup canola or safflower oil
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 cup raisins (you can also use chocolate chips or carob chips)
1. preheat oven to 350. lightly oil a baking sheet (or use parchment).
2. grind oats and almonds to coarse powder in food processor or blender. pour them into large mixing bowl. stir in baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.
3. in food processor beat together oil, bananas and vanilla (also add half of the raisins if you want).
4. add banana mixture and remaining whole raisins to oat mixture. mix well.
5. drop cookie dough by tablespoons onto prepared baking sheet. bake for 13-16 minutes or until bottoms are golden brown.
credit where it's due: the recipe comes from Simply Natural Baby Food by Cathe Olson