Wait until 6+ months of age
Rich in protein, iron
These cookies are a real hit in our home! We found this recipe on The Engine 2 Diet’s website — so even though they were originally designed for a load of hungry firefighters, they are filling and delicious for even toddler-sized kids.
Packed with the goodness of bananas and oatmeal, and with a hint of sweetness of maple syrup and chocolate chips, there is no added sugar, and they make a great snack. And, because these cookies are vegan, you can even lick the spoon before the cookies have gone in the oven.
You really don’t need precision when it comes to this recipe. You can substitute the peanut butter for any nut butter of your choice, and we like to add chia and hemp seeds too. Oh, and we add a few extra chocolate chips, of course! If you don’t have chocolate chips on hand, you can use raisins, cranberries, or any other goodies you happen to have at home.
3 ripe bananas, mashed (mashing the bananas is the best part — your toddler will have so much fun doing this!)
1 Tbsp of vanilla
3/4 cup peanut or alternative nut butter (smooth, all natural, organic, if possible)
3 Tbsp pure maple syrup
2 C old fashioned oats
1/2 C flour (preferably whole wheat; substitute with coconut flour, or any flour type you have on hand)
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt (optional, of course)
1/2 C vegan chocolate chips (this is where we take some liberties and add a few more:)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, or if you don’t have parchment, use a silicone cookie sheet or grease with vegan margarine
Mix all wet ingredients together
In a separate bowl, mix dry ingredients
Add wet ingredients to dry and stir until sticky
Fold in chocolate chips — encourage your toddler to use their hands to help combine
Form balls and place on cookie sheet — depending on how big you like your cookies, you’ll yield a varying amount of cookies. We like to make 2-Tbsp sized, cookies, but some might like to make them smaller. Keep in mind that the larger the cookie, the longer it takes to cook.
Place in oven for 15-20 minutes.
These are great cool, but taste the best fresh out of the oven!