“Bananoat” (Banana Oat) Cookies

If your family is anything like mine, you probably hear, “can I have some fishies?”, “can I have some raisins?”, “can I have a cookie?” about a hundred times a day. Pippin is a prolific snack monster. I’m forever trying to find a good substitute for goldfish crackers, fruit snacks, and all the other processed foods that are prevalent in today’s toddler diet.

Here’s one that really works for Pippin and I. I love it because it has no added sugar, it keeps well for about a week in the fridge, and it’s so unbelievably easy to make, Pippin could do most of it by herself. Pippin loves it because it tastes good. It’s also another great first food for baby led weaning. Merry’s only had one so far but I think it’ll be one of her favourites as well.

Here’s how to do it:

Pop the two bananas in a bowl and mash them up. This can easily be done by a toddler with a potato masher. Word of warning: nothing in this recipe looks very appetizing.
Pop the two bananas in a bowl and mash them up. This can easily be done by a toddler with a potato masher. Word of warning: nothing in this recipe looks very appetizing.
Add in the oats and mix until combined. Still not very appetizing but I think it's a step up from mashed banana.
Add in the oats and mix until combined. Still not very appetizing but I think it’s a step up from mashed banana.
Now throw in your raisins or other dried fruits, and your spices. Mix it all up. This is another toddler job! Be sure to have extra raisins available so she doesn't eat all the ones in the bowl.
Now throw in your raisins or other dried fruits, and your spices. Mix it all up. This is another toddler job! Be sure to have extra raisins available so she doesn’t eat all the ones in the bowl.
Form into cookies or whatever shape you like. I am no Martha Stewart. I just make them and bake them. It all looks the same when it comes out anyway.
Form into cookies or whatever shape you like. I am no Martha Stewart. I just make them and bake them. It all looks the same when it comes out anyway.
Bake for 15-17 minutes in a 350 degree F oven. Let cool and serve. They still don't look appetizing, but who cares? They're full of real ingredients with no added preservatives or refined sugars! Win!
Bake for 15-17 minutes in a 350 degree F oven. Let cool and serve. They still don’t look appetizing, but who cares? They’re full of real ingredients with no added preservatives or refined sugars! Win!

In case you were put off by my bad food photography, let me explain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up:

“Bananoat” (Banana Oat) Cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • A handful of raisins (You could use any dried fruits, really. We love to use dried cranberries in the winter.)
  • A pinch each of cinnamon and nutmeg (You could use more, use less, use none at all, or use different flavourings!)

Procedure

Mix all ingredients in a bowl, form into cookies or bars in a greased baking dish, then bake at 350 degrees F for 15-17 minutes. Store in an airtight container on the counter if you’re eating them quickly, or in the fridge to eat throughout the week.

Try it out and let me know how it turns out!

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