Thursday, June 13, 2013

Healthy Banana Peanut Butter Oat Breakfast Cookies

I'm always looking for healthy snacks I can make for my son, so he can have some variety in what he eats. These can probably be made in the form of muffins too, but I knew my son would like them if I called them 'cookies'. :) He absolutely LOVES these! They are so easy to make, and the best part is I don't feel guilty letting him have more than one.

Landon is 21 months old, and not talking much yet, but I'm proud to say he said his first two-syllable word after I made these! I said, "Do you want a cookie?" and he said clear as day, "Cookie". Yay! Proud mama right here. He's been trying to repeat much of what we say, but his word formation isn't quite there yet. Hearing him say 'Cookie' so clearly made me beam. :) 

Banana Peanut Butter Oat Breakfast Cookies 

2 ripe bananas, mashed until smooth 
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
2/3 cup unsweetened applesauce 
1-2 tbsp honey 
1 tsp vanilla extract 
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg 
1 1/2 cups oats 
*Optional: 1/4 cup chopped nuts of your choice 

Note: I used my food processor to make this recipe. It was so fast! You can also follow the same method using a large mixing bowl and hand mixer or spoon. 
1. Break bananas in half, add peanut butter and blend until smooth
2. Add applesauce, honey, extract, cinnamon and nutmeg and combine 
3. Add in oats and blend until all ingredients are combined 
4. Place batter in the refrigerator and allow to sit for at least 10 min. 
5. Drop batter by the spoonful onto a foil-lined cookie sheet (or use parchment paper), and flatten cookies into circles (if you decide to add choc. chips, sprinkle them on top now) 
6. Bake at 350° F for 20-30 minutes, or until golden brown (test out the time and decide what works best for you) 

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