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For the Toddler and/or Celiac in Your Life

May 20, 2009
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I recently stumbled upon this cookie recipe that essentially contains nothing that makes a cookie a cookie. (butter and sugar, namely) But I tried it anyway because I like to live dangerously.

They do a pretty good job of being a cookie. And it’s another one of those recipes where you can slip in all kinds of nutrients that would otherwise make your toddler or celiac balk.

Healthy Banana Cookies

3 ripe bananas, mashed.
2 cups of rolled oats
1 cup of dried fruit, chopped (raisins, apricots, cranberries, dates etc)
1/3 C vegetable oil, or a combo of apple sauce and oil
1 tsp vanilla extract

Additions, if you so desire:

peanut butter (this also helps to hold the cookie together)
oat bran
nutritional yeast
hemp/flax seeds
chocolate chips (in case the utter healthiness of this baked good is just too much for you)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large bowl mash the bananas. Stir in rest of the ingredients. Allow to sit for 15 minutes.
Bake 20 minutes in preheated oven until lightly browned.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. May 20, 2009 12:52 pm

    One thing you could try to make the cookie even healthier is to use yogurt instead of oil. I’ve found that there is very little difference, at least in cakes, so cookies would probably work too. Thanks for the recipe, I will be trying it!

  2. May 20, 2009 1:05 pm

    sounds wonderful!!

  3. May 26, 2009 5:22 pm

    Well I tried making these and the kids just wouldn’t eat them. For our taste, they need to be sweeter. I didn’t have any dried fruit and I substituted Sunbutter for peanut butter. They are just too bland for us. I think if I were to make these again I would add honey.

  4. Claire permalink*
    May 27, 2009 8:35 am

    Dried fruit is definitely essential to this recipe. Otherwise they’re just balls of bland oat goo.

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