Healthy Toddler Cookies
I do have “cookies” in quotes for a reason, though; these are NOT sweet, chewy cookies. They are cakey, naturally sweetened snacks that are perfect for little hands. But if you’re craving a real cookie, these aren’t going to cut it.
Yield: 12 "cookies"
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: about 20 minutes
Healthy Toddler "Cookies"
These nutrient-dense "cookies" use pantry staples, are simple to make, and a favorite with little ones.
- 2 really ripe bananas
- 3 tablespoons raw nut butter (I like almond or peanut butter)
- 1/2 c. applesauce
- 2 c. oats (quick or old-fashioned)
- 1 tsp. real vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 c. finely grated carrots
- 1/3 c. dried fruit (raisins, craisins, blueberries, etc)
- 1 T. chia (optional)
1. Preheat the oven to 350.
2. In a mixing bowl, smash the banana with a pastry cutter or a fork.
3. Stir the nut butter into the smashed banana, followed by the applesauce.
4. Add all of the other ingredients and stir well.
5. Using an ice cream scoop, drop the dough onto a cookie sheet. The dough won't spread much during baking, so lightly flatten the cookies if you'd like. Bake until firm, about 10 minutes. Add about 5 minutes to bake time if you're using old-fashioned oats.
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