Whether you're looking for a make-ahead breakfast option for your toddler or you'd like to try making lactation cookies at home, this easy recipe fits the bill!
I've been trying to stock the fridge and freezer with grab-and-go snacks to make it easier for myself to offer wholesome snacks to L...and to feed myself well without much effort. These cookies are my favorite sort of a snack: They are nutritious enough to have for breakfast (try slathered with some nut butter!) but they are naturally sweet enough to taste like a snack time treat. And, they mix up in just one bowl, which makes the method and the clean up a snap.
The other lovely thing about these cookies is that they contain a lot of oats, which are one of the most well-regarded foods for helping to increase milk supply in nursing mamas, which makes them a great snack option to have on hand if you're caring for a baby and a toddler. Make a batch and stick half into the freezer and half in the fridge and consider snack time covered for the week.
Banana Raisin Breakfast Cookies
This recipe is inspired by the Banana Coconut Cookies in the awesome cookbook Flourless. To make this gluten-free, simply use certified gluten-free oats.
3 very ripe (with brown spots) medium bananas
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1 1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup almond meal
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup raisins
2/3 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1. Add the bananas to a medium bowl and mash well with a fork. Add the rest of the ingredients, stirring well to combine. Put into the fridge for 15 minutes while you preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Use a 1/4-cup measuring cup to portion out mounds and flatten slightly until about 1/2-3/4-inch thick. Bake for 25-28 minutes or until firm and slightly golden brown around the edges. Remove from oven and let cool on the rack. Serve or store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Use chocolate chips instead of raisins.
Try dried cherries or cranberries instead of raisins.