Cooking with a 14 month old may not be everybody’s cup of tea. It can be messy…..very messy, but that is part of the fun.
This week we used a recipe that a friend of mine shared in my mum’s group. It is so simple and E really loved mashing the banana’s (when she wasn’t eating them) and playing with the oats. I like it because they taste good and they are pretty healthy as cookies go. It is about as baby friendly as cooking gets as it is all one bowl and baby safe ingredients.
2 large over ripe bananas
2 cups of oat flakes (or whizz whole oats in the blender until finer)
Raisins (I added a handful)
Desert spoon of coconut nectar or honey (optional)
First preheat the oven to 200 C
I break the bananas up into a bowl (I used the top from our now defunct microwave steriliser as I realised, super mum that I am, I don’t own a plastic mixing bowl!) I put E in her highchair and pull it up to the table without the tray in place. She mashes the bananas with a potato masher (cue much squealing and mess). If they have not all been eaten then we mix in the oats and raisins with our (clean) hands squishing it all together. I gradually add the oats until it is a nice cookie dough consistency (you may find you don’t need all of them).
Generally this is where we stop then I mix in the honey or coconut nectar if I am using it (it really depends on if the bananas are sweet or not). I use coconut nectar because of all the sweeteners available it has the lowest glycemic index, so in English it has less effect on your blood sugar/insulin. It is, I guess, better for you. I am not a no sugar freak, I just don’t want to load my daughter with unnecessary added sugars day to day.
Then I roll the dough into about 8-10 balls and pat out until half a cm or so thick on a greased baking tray.
Bake in the oven for 20-25 min or until golden.