°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!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a cookie sheet lightly with cooking spray.
In a medium sized bowl, mash the banana until smooth.
Stir in the oatmeal, peanut butter, and honey. Mix well.
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.
Bake for 12 minutes. Let cool and enjoy!
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.
There has been a drastic change in our lives since the last time I posted – we welcomed our son (surprise! although I had a feeling it was a boy) on June 22! He is wonderful, and I remember reading all of the cliches about motherhood prior to actually becoming a mother without thinking twice about them, but now I actually get a little teary-eyed thinking about “how fast they grow” and how “he’s the center of my world” and “I don’t know what life was like before him”. It is truly hard to imagine not being a mom now that I have been one for a month. Don’t get me wrong, life is not sugar coated all of the time. We have had our fair share of sleepless nights, difficulties with breastfeeding, crying bouts that you think will never end, blowout diapers, and across room pees that could land in the record books. Now I know why my parents always joked that I was the guinea pig of the family since I was the oldest.
I am exclusively breastfeeding, and it has been a roller coaster ride from the beginning. The only advice I can give to new mothers is that if it is important to you, don’t give up. It won’t be a walk in the park (unless you are one of the lucky ducks), and there will be many times where formula sounds much nicer (like when the mere thought of your baby latching on actually makes your boobs hurt). My husband and I have transitioned to a one bottle a day routine at the recommendation of our pediatrician to get us a little more sleep at night since our little guy has a hard time breaking through the 2-3 hour barrier. I know everyone’s family dynamic is different but here is the schedule that has been working well for us: I feed the baby in the evening and then we put him down. He has been sleeping for 4-5 hours at a time now (Hallelujah!). When he wakes up for the first time, my husband changes his diaper and feeds him a bottle that I pumped earlier in the day/week. I get to
sleep lie in bed and hope the ounces in the bottle are enough through this feeding. After that, the babe usually sleeps in 1.5-2 hour increments, and I am in charge of the changings/feedings the rest of the night so my hubby can sleep and feel rested for work. It has been working out well, minus a few hiccups when the first round of sleep wasn’t as long as anticipated, but overall we each get sleep in 5-7 hour bouts which is WONDERFUL!
Back to my point, since I am exclusively breastfeeding, and my supply isn’t always top notch I have been trying to eat a hardy breakfast to start the day off right. My favorite thing lately because 1) – I can prepare it the night before and 2) – it’s easy to eat while breastfeeding – is overnight oats. I have been eating these in spurts since graduate school, but lately I have found it fun to experiment with flavors (and sneak in a little chocolate at breakfast). Here’s a quick recipe for them. You can add ingredients as you wish, just keep the oatmeal:milk ratio the same.
Sorry for the rambling today – I’ve spent a lot of hours the past 5 weeks with an infant and a dog, so blogging feels like I am communicating with adults. You’re a trooper if you stuck with me until now. Stay tuned for some of my “Weekend Winners” aka favorite things in my upcoming post; including baby products that I give two thumbs up.
Overnight Oats - Chocolate Peanut Butter
Two minutes to an easy grab-and-go breakfast
Add everything to a mason jar or any other container that you can add a lid to. Mix together, place in refrigerator overnight. Enjoy in the AM!
This recipe is so versatile. All you really need is the oatmeal and milk to begin with, and you can personalize it from there. It is doable with any type of milk as well - vanilla soymilk is great with this! My other favorite variation is the same as above except add Butterfinger baking bits instead of chocolate chips, and add pecans or almonds instead of walnuts. All of you mamas out there can also add Brewer's yeast or ground flax seed for a little boost in your supply. Have fun and enjoy!
Seriously though, this is a quicker breakfast than a bowl of cereal - and so much better for you (minus the chocolate).