°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. ♥
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 🙂
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!