Bake up a nourishing snack to share with the littles with this super easy Baby Cookies recipe. With a few flavor options—and a chance to use up lingering baby food purees including sweet potato, apple, and banana!—these are both nutritious and yummy.

baby cookies in three flavors on wire rack

Baby Cookies

Made with just a few wholesome ingredients, these little nuggets are a great baby snack. They’re also a perfect way to use up purees, which can be handy if you find yourself with extras.

I have three main flavor options—banana, sweet potato, and apple—but you can really use any flavor of puree that you or baby likes.

With a simple method and quick cooking time, you can meal prep this snack to have on hand (in the freezer, even) for babies and one year olds.

TIP: I recently bought the “wrong” flavor of applesauce pouch for my kids and used them up in these cookies. Hooray!

Ingredients You Need

To make this recipe, you’ll need:

ingredients in baby cookies

TIP: You can really use any baby food puree, pouch, or flavor of applesauce you want. As long as it’s about the same consistency as applesauce or mashed banana, it will work.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Here’s a look at how to make this recipe. Scroll down to the end of this post for the full recipe.

how to make baby cookies step by step
  1. Mash the banana or sweet potato, if needed.
  2. Stir the dry ingredients together.
  3. Stir the dry ingredients together with the wet ingredients.
  4. Portion out into balls and press flat. Bake

TIP: These cook quickly, but don’t brown much. Expect them to feel firm to the touch.

baked baby cookies on parchment lined sheet pan

Frequently Asked Questions

What purees are best in this?

You can really use any puree that you like the flavor of, as long as it’s about the same consistency as applesauce or mashed banana. You can use leftover baby food pouches or flavored applesauce pouches too. (We prefer them with sweet flavors.) Try Sweet Potato Puree, Apple Puree, Pear Puree, and Applesauce.

What’s the best way to store these?

Place them into an airtight storage container and store at room temperature for up to 3 days. You can also freeze the batch and pull out one or two, and let them thaw at room temperature as you need them. They soften a little as they’re stored too.

What age are these best for?

If you want to serve them to a BLW-baby starting after 6 months, I’d recommend that you flatten them a little more or make each one with 2 tablespoons of batter so they’re larger and a safer size. You can serve to a baby over 9 months and encourage them to take bites and/or cut them into small pieces. And they’re great for one year olds too.

Can I use regular rolled oats?

Sure, just grind them briefly in the food processor or blender to great a finer texture. (You can likely use them whole if you want to save a step, but the overall texture will be much less smooth—which may be fine!)

baby cookies on pink plate

How to Store

Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days in the fridge or at room temperature. Alternatively, let cool to room temperature, then freeze for up to 3 months in a freezer bag. Thaw at room temperature.

Best Tips for Success

  • Be sure to use very ripe bananas with a lot of brown spots for the best flavor. 
  • If you’d like to make these cookies a little sweeter, you can add 1-2 tablespoons maple syrup to the batter.
  • You can use an egg OR nut or seed butter that’s at room temperature (or warm it very briefly) so it’s easy to stir. The only difference is that the egg version is slightly softer.
  • If you only have old-fashioned rolled oats, you can grind them briefly in the food processor or blender to make quick oats.
  • Serve with a drink and dice up if needed for your child if they need help taking bites.
  • Gluten-free: Use certified gluten-free rolled oats.
  • Nut-free: Use sunflower seed butter.
  • Egg-free: Use a nut or seed butter.

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I’d love to hear your feedback if you try this recipe, so please comment and rate the recipe below!

baby cookies on wire rack

Favorite Baby Cookies

You can use any puree that you like the flavor of in this recipe—it works best with purees that are the consistency of mashed banana or mashed sweet potato.
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Cuisine American
Course Snack
Calories 31kcal
Servings 15

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1/2 cup mashed banana (about 1 medium very ripe banana)
  • 1 egg (OR 2 tablespoons or almond butter, sunflower seed butter, or peanut butter at room temperature so it's easy to stir)
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Mash the banana or sweet potato as needed. Add all ingredients to a bowl and blend well with a fork.
  • Scoop and drop 1-tablespoon-size balls of the batter onto the prepared baking sheet. Press slightly to flatten to about 1/2-inch thick.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until cookies are lightly golden brown around the edges and firm to the touch. (Do not over bake.)
  • Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack.
  • Serve immediately or store.

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Notes

  • Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days in the fridge or at room temperature. Alternatively, let cool to room temperature, then freeze for up to 3 months in a freezer bag. Thaw at room temperature.
  • Be sure to use very ripe bananas with a lot of brown spots for the best flavor. 
  • If you’d like to make these cookies a little sweeter, you can add 1-2 tablespoons maple syrup to the batter.
  • You can use an egg OR 2 tablespoons nut or seed butter that’s at room temperature (or warm it very briefly) so it’s easy to stir.
  • Substitute sweet potato or applesauce for the banana. You can also use pumpkin puree, but do add a little maple syrup to ensure it’s sweet enough.
  • If you only have old-fashioned rolled oats, you can grind them briefly in the food processor or blender to make quick oats.
  • Gluten-free: Use certified gluten-free rolled oats.
  • Nut-free: Use sunflower seed butter.
  • If you want to serve them to a BLW-baby starting after 6 months, you can make them a little larger by flattening them a little more or make each one with 2 tablespoons of batter. You can serve to a baby over 9 months and encourage them to take bites and/or cut them into small pieces. And they’re great for one year olds too!
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Nutrition

Serving: 2cookies, Calories: 31kcal, Carbohydrates: 5g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 14mg, Potassium: 45mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 3IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 15mg, Iron: 1mg
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This post was first published September 2021.

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    1. I haven’t tested them that way so I can’t say for sure. I might try them with the same amount to start.

  1. 5 stars
    If I wanted to add something to increase the fibre, what would you suggest? (constipated toddler who would love these for breakfast)

    1. I would actually recommend serving them alongside a smoothie so that there’s liquids and fats in the mix—fiber on it’s own may not help and fat and liquids often help a lot. You can check this smoothie out: https://www.yummytoddlerfood.com/constipation-smoothie/ OR a side of blueberries or strawberries could help too. (There is some fiber in them already from the oats—I think if you added something like flaxseed they might be too dense.) I hope that helps!

  2. 5 stars
    These look lovely! How much almond butter would you use instead of the egg? The recipe doesn’t specify that (unless I’m not seeing it?)