Four Ingredient Banana Peanut Butter Oatmeal Toddler Cookies (Egg Free, Dairy Free, Added Sugar Free)

°Want a treat for your toddler you can feel good about giving them? These 4 ingredient cookies will have them fooled into thinking they are eating a sugary cookie (but they’re not!), and you can enjoy your Oreo in peace 🙂

It seems like no matter what I am eating, my toddler HAS to have a bite – and 99% of the time he doesn’t even know what it is! Am I alone in this?! Awhile back I decided he needed to have something that he considered a treat but was also healthy because I was feeling a little bit of mom guilt for letting him have a bite of my chocolate chip cookie every time I had one (in my defense, I’m pregnant so yes, I do have a cookie (or four) every day!). He loves these and has no idea that they are in the “healthy” world because let’s be honest, he doesn’t understand what healthy is except that he doesn’t like most veggies because they are green (we’re working on it).

The four ingredients in these are all pantry staples – oatmeal, peanut butter, honey, and a banana. Plus you have another recipe in your pocket for using up those browning bananas on your counter – this recipe is perfect because it only needs one banana which it seems is about all I can ever get to make it to the baking stage without getting eaten. Not complaining, just saying that my kid likes bananas so I get a little bit less banana bread making these days.

I hope you enjoy these quick and easy snacks for your kids or you! Please feel free to add any other goodies you like to them – chocolate chips, chia, flax seeds, M & M’s, etc. ♥

 

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Four Ingredient Banana Peanut Butter Oatmeal Toddler Cookies (Egg Free, Dairy Free, Added Sugar Free)
Quick, easy, and healthy cookie alternative for you kids or you! Throw in some chocolate chips and they will really think they hit the jackpot!
Course Dessert
Cuisine Dessert
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Servings
cookies
Ingredients
Course Dessert
Cuisine Dessert
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Servings
cookies
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a cookie sheet lightly with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, mash the banana until smooth.
  3. Stir in the oatmeal, peanut butter, and honey. Mix well.
  4. Spoon cookies the size of a Tbsp onto the cookie sheet. You can flatten them if you want them to look more like cookies - they won't change shape much at all while baking.
  5. Bake for 12 minutes. Let cool and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

You can add any of the above mentioned mix-ins to your cookies to change it up. I occasionally add 1 Tbsp of chocolate chips for more sweetness but they are just as good without.

Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week on the counter or in the refrigerator. These would freeze very well too.

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Peanut Butter Banana Muffins with Chocolate Chips

Sorry for the week long hiatus! I really have no wonderful reason behind it besides being on the job search and to be quite honest, not feeling the inspiration bug for recipes last week. Sometimes you just don’t feel it. I did try out a few recipes last week though that weren’t blog worthy, but definitely will be in the future with a little tweaking (coming soon: Mexican fried rice and Thai peanut noodles).

My husband and I made our first trip back to the Midwest this last weekend to celebrate our niece’s second birthday. She had sooo much fun, and it’s awesome to see them get excited about every little thing. She got this My Little Pony – the purple one – and apparently it can fly on the TV show so she went around throwing it up in the air. Haha, it was ridiculously cute.  We had a great time, but coming back to Boulder made me realize that Colorado is kind of starting to feel like home as bittersweet as that is.

When we got back to our apartment, I looked at my counter and saw 4 mushy, brown bananas which might gross some people out but to me it screamed “time for something bread-y”! Usually banana bread it my go-to but this time I was feeling something a little different, and I was craving peanut butter. MMMM, you really can’t go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter. Plus you get to pretend these are healthy because they have bananas in them.

 

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Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Banana Muffins
Moist, delicious breakfast on the go treat
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
muffins
Ingredients
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
muffins
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Peel and mash the ripened bananas
  2. Mix egg, butter, brown sugar, sugar, and vanilla with the bananas.
  3. Add the baking soda, baking powder, and salt with the flour. Slowly add to banana mixture.
  4. Add in chocolate chips.
  5. Scoop into muffin pan lined with baking cups. Fill until 3/4 full.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool and enjoy!
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What a Wonderful Day

Happy Friday Eve everyone! Not being in my normal work routine right now kind of throws off my sense of days. It’s like being a kid during the summer, you know? This morning I woke up though and realized it was September 29, SEPTEMBER 29. Okay, I realize that doesn’t mean anything to anyone except the few people I am about to write about (and I accidentally missed one of the anniversaries by a few days, whoops!) First of all, it was on this day 4 years ago where I saw my best friend get married to her high school sweetheart. My friend Jessica was the one who helped me get through PT school, who stayed up all night studying with me, who climbed through the trunk of my car to get my iced over door open when I had to get to work, who let me stand by her side on her big day, and who stood by my side on mine.  You could definitely say that my life would not be the same without her.

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Jessica has the greatest heart, and her husband Steven is just the same. They had a beautiful wedding in September of 2012, and I know that they have a marriage that is just as wonderful as that day.

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The other wonderful thing that happened in September (technically the 25th) was my husband proposed to me exactly one year ago. To quote my mother-in-law, it was “one of those best days of my life”. I don’t tell this story often, and I don’t know if it’s because I like to keep things like that close to my heart or if it’s because it gets me emotional, maybe a little bit of both.

Flashback to one year ago: I was just getting home from work on a Friday afternoon, running late as usual, and probably slightly grumpy from a long week. Nick and I had tickets to the Chicago Cubs game that weekend so we were going to leave as soon as I got home. When I pulled into the driveway, Nick met me by the door, which wasn’t unusual, but he said “put your bag down and come inside”. I walked in, and he had strung white Christmas lights all around the living room, and he had a sappy song playing over the speakers. At first, I thought maybe he was just being sweet and wanted to show me how romantic he could be. Then he started to tear up (sorry Nick for telling everyone that) and tell me how much he loved me, and before I know it he was reaching for the ring and asking me to marry him. I thought I couldn’t love him any more than that day, but I was wrong. It’s been a crazy year, but I wouldn’t change anything.

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Engagement day!

I don’t have an overly exciting recipe for you today, but I’ll leave you with a quick snack idea for days when you feel more like day dreaming about those great days than you do cooking. 🙂

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Quick and Easy Granola Bites
Easy 10 minute healthy snack. It will last in the freezer for up to 3 weeks (before drying out) and up to 10 days in the refrigerator. Kids will love!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
bites
Ingredients
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
bites
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Grind walnuts in food processor
  2. Mix all ingredients together
  3. Form into golf ball size balls and place on wax paper lined cookie sheet
  4. Freeze for up to 1 hour or until firm
  5. Enjoy! Refrigerator or freeze remaining bites.
Recipe Notes

*Not safe for anyone with a nut allergy.

I used chocolate PB2 for the peanut butter component, and it worked great 🙂

You can probably substitute almonds or pecans for the walnuts, but I have not personally tried this so I'm interested to see what you all think!

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