I’m not too proud to admit that my first TWO attempts at this recipe weren’t very successful…I guess that comes with the “invent-your-own recipes territory”, right?
It’s a good thing I’m passionate enough about cooking to admit my mistakes and to try again (and again…and again!). Well, in this case, third time’s a charm!
Boy am I happy I made one more attempt at tweaking this recipe because the end result is pure deliciousness! These are sweet, chewy, moist, and crumbly all at the same time…and not to mention MUCH healthier than regular cookies. (Having said that, if buttery, super-sweet, super-rich cookies are your thing I’ll admit defeat in not being able to convince you to try these!). On that note, I’ll just say that these ARE worth a try!
(Yields about 30 cookies)
3 large ripe bananas
1 cup pre-cooked quinoa
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1 cup gluten-free (or regular) instant oats
2 tbsp. extra-virgin coconut oil, unmelted
*2 tbsp. maple syrup (or regular sugar)
*1/2 cup carob or chocolate chips (or substitute with dried fruit)
1 tbsp. ground flax seed
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla
1/8 tsp. salt
*Omit ingredient or use substitutions appropriate for children under one year old
Heat oven to 350 degrees.
Mash bananas in a large bowl then add coconut oil and maple syrup. Mix with a large whisk until well combined.
Add all the remaining dry ingredients and mix again until combined.
The batter will be very sticky but should come together easily enough to form small patties.
Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Using a tablespoon, scoop the batter onto the baking tray, leaving at least 2 inches in between each cookie. Flatten each cookie slightly with the back of the spoon.
Cook for 12 minutes or until the underside of the cookies is golden brown.
Chewy…moist…the perfect texture for little children to nibble on!
Mid-afternoon snack…cookies and milk!
After patiently waiting…and waiting…and waiting…
First time drinking milk out of a straw…
Worth the wait!
What are your children’s favourite homemade snack?