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This morning found my family in our usual rush to get out the door. I should say, the husband and I were rushing; the child was doing what children do when the adults are in a hurry… taking sixty-five years to put on a pair of shoes.
In our hurry I did not have time to make breakfast for my daughter, so I suggested a little bag filled with the new cereal she had picked out at the grocery store as a treat. She agreed so I filled a little bag, grabbed a bottle of water, and we were off.
A few minutes down the road and my daughter said from the back seat “can you take the rest of my cereal? I’m done.” She handed the little bag forward to me. That’s when I discovered that she had eaten all of the little marshmallows out of the bag and none of the oat cereal. Nice.
I insisted that she eatthe actual cereal and she insisted that she was full. I was’t in a mood to force the issue, so yes, my four year old ate cereal marshmallows and drank water for breakfast. #Winning
The above mom fail aside, I really do try to feed my child well. One of my favorite food tricks is to turn unhealthy treats into much more nutritious snack options. Today I want to share with you two wonderful recipes that are delicious, healthy versions of kid favorites: Oat Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies & Apple Cinnamon Oat Cookies
Both recipes are much healthier than traditional cookies. The Apple Cinnamon Oat Cookies are so nutritious you could absolutely feed them to your kids for breakfast! About a million times better for your child than cereal marshmallows…
During our grocery shopping trip to Walmart, we found the new Sir Bananas™ Bananamilk. (Be sure to check out that link for recipes and other fun stuff!) Sir Bananas™ has all the nutrition of 2% milk plus real bananas in adorable packing that kids will love. This delicious drink is a good source of protein, calcium, and potassium plus it comes in two flavors: bananamilk and chocolate bananamilk.
The Sir Bananas™ Bananamilk was so perfect with our healthy cookies! My girl and I spent a few minutes mixing up the Oat Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies and Apple Cinnamon Oat Cookies and sipped our Chocolate Bananamilk while the cookies baked.
The Oat Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies were especially fun to make. The coconut oil, eggs, sugar, and vanilla come together and form a really interesting consistency before being added to the dry ingredients. Once the batter is all stirred together, we added dark chocolate chips. The dough is then refrigerated until well chilled before being rolled into balls and baked. The result is awesome! The cookies are puffy with soft, gooey chocolate chip yumminess in the center.
The Apple Cinnamon Oat Cookies are so easy to make, you can whip these up in minutes any time your kids want a snack. They’re made simply with quick oats, banana, apples, and cinnamon. That’s it!
Two yummy cookies + Sir Bananas™ Bananamilk = perfect snack!
Oat Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted and cooled
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cup oat flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup dark or semi sweet chocolate chips
- In a medium size bowl, combine the melted coconut oil, brown sugar, and vanilla extract. Add in the coconut oil and stir well.
- Stir in the oat flour, baking soda, and salt until combined.
- Add the chocolate chips and stir gently.
- Refrigerate the dough for 1 hour.
- Roll the dough into 1-inch balls and bake on a greased cookie sheet at 350 for 8-10 minutes. Cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes then remove and cool on a rack or on paper towels.
Tip: keep the dough chilled until it goes into the oven. If the dough becomes soft when you form the cookies, refrigerate them again for about 5 minutes before baking.
Apple Cinnamon Oat Cookies
- 1 cup quick oats
- 1/2 cup mashed banana
- 1/4 cup peeled, diced apple
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- Mix all ingredients together in one bowl.
- Form 6 cookies with your hands and place on a greased cookie sheet.
- Bake at 350 for 10 minutes.
Don’t these look delish?! And which Sir Bananas™ Bananamilk flavor would you like to try?