These healthy oatmeal banana cookies allow you to cut out store-bought cookies, and are easy enough to allow your toddler or preschooler to bake them with you!
I’m always looking for easy toddler snack ideas, and nothing says “easy” like these 2-ingredient oatmeal banana cookies! Now, I don’t mind making complicated snacks for my son. But with a newborn around, a business to run, and a house to keep decent, there’s just no time at the moment.
These have been a total lifesaver these last few weeks, and they’re delicious! Seriously, I think I’ve been eating more than my son. They almost taste like little mini banana bread bites.
These healthy toddler cookies can help you cut out store-bought cookies.
I’ve been on a mission to find a good cookie recipe for toddlers with no sugar or added junk. We’ve been eating entirely too many processed foods during my pregnancy, and my son became a total cookie junkie. I didn’t want to take away cookies completely, but I wanted a healthy version to make at home that saves money and has no artificial ingredients.
Plus, they’re so healthy, you won’t even feel guilty letting your toddler eat them as a breakfast cookie. They’ll think they hit the jackpot, and you’ll feel like a total #pinterestmom. Win, win.
They’re simple and easy to make. Bake them in batches and freeze, or make them once a week and store in an airtight container or in the fridge!
On my quest to find healthy cookies for toddlers, I came across a ton of awesome ideas. Unfortunately, most of them involved a lot of prep work and complicated ingredient lists, and I knew it would be too much to add to my workload at the moment. As much as I love hidden veggie recipes (like my hidden veggie oatmeal I make for my son), I needed a quick and easy cookie recipe that I could whip up once a week.
Healthy baking for kids: Make them together to get your toddler or preschooler interested in cooking.
Perhaps my favorite thing about this recipe is the fact that I can make them with my toddler with very little cleanup. It’s simple enough to let them do most of the work, but “real” enough for them to feel like they’re really helping mama out in the kitchen. Finding recipes to cook with preschoolers isn’t always easy, especially if you don’t have time to clean up a huge flour and egg mess afterwards. It’s always good to allow our kids to explore cooking from a young age, and this recipe gives them that freedom without taking up your entire afternoon on cleanup!
Healthy cookies for babies: If you have a baby in the house as well, these can double as a wonderful healthy treat for them too!
Once my daughter is over 6 months old, you can bet she’ll be munching on these cookies too! They’re soft and sweet, and what baby doesn’t love bananas? It’s an awesome BLW snack.
2-Ingredient Toddler Cookies
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- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1 banana, mashed
I definitely recommend doubling or even tripling this recipe if you want to make a solid batch. This is just the ratio I go by. Typically I’ll actually use at least 2 bananas and 1 cup of rolled oats. If I’m trying to make enough to last the entire week, I use at least 4 bananas and 2 cups of oats.
If you feel like adding extras:
- Chocolate chips
- Raisins or other dried fruit
- Vanilla extract
- Peanut butter
- Coconut flakes
How To Make Oatmeal Banana Cookies
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a medium sized bowl, mash the banana with a fork.
3. Add the rolled oats and mix well. (Add any extra ingredients after mixing the oats and banana together).
4. Grease a baking sheet with coconut oil, and arrange cookies about an inch apart. Press down lightly with a fork to flatten each cookie.
5. Bake for 15-17 minutes.
These can be stored in the fridge or kept in an airtight container on the counter for a few days. Of course, you can always freeze them and reheat later. I usually keep them in a glass jar on the counter, but sometimes I store them in the fridge to extend the shelf life by a couple of days.
Have you made these oatmeal banana cookies before? What are your favorite add-ins? Let me know in the comments below! I’d love to hear from you.
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