Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Strawberry Banana Breakfast Cookies

This is yet another Pinterest find.  I spend far too many hours on Pinterest while wearing Colin asleep in his sling. I should be reading.  Or bettering my mind.  Or doing something other than looking at recipes that make me hungry all the time. 

While I've gotten pretty good at cooking and eating with him in the Baby K'tan, it's not always ideal, and I don't want to be smashing pots and pans and waking him up.  That's why the food I eat during the day is mostly whatever can be eaten quickly, usually while standing up in the kitchen, and without utensils.  That's where these cookies come in.  They are nutritious, made with whole grains, fruit and some spices.  More like a breakfast bar than a cookie, except without preservatives and added sugar.  They are perfect for snacks, and I'll also keep the recipe for Colin's breakfasts and lunchboxes once he gets teeth.   

Strawberry Banana Breakfast Cookies
makes 14 cookies

recipe inspired by A Sweet Simple Life

2 small or 1.5 large bananas
1 cup oats
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ginger
pinch nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon chia seeds or ground flaxseed(optional)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup strawberries, chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with a non-stick liner, parchment paper or cooking spray.

In a medium bowl, mash the bananas.  I find a wooden spoon to work best.

Add remaining ingredients and stir until combined.

Using a cookie scoop or a tablespoon, portion onto a baking sheet.  These won't spread so you can fit the entire batch on one sheet.

Bake for 20 minutes or until lightly browned on the edges.

Allow to cool on cookie sheet.


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