I try to keep a relatively healthy home, cook at home a lot, severely limit processed foods while not starving the (not-so-) littles. I have an added challenge of avoiding gluten for health reasons. So finding snacks that work for our whole family is a challenge!
Since moving to Curaçao, my family has doubled our love for bananas. I honestly can’t tell you why, but I buy about 20 bananas a week! The other day two bananas were ‘dying’. I told the winey child to just leave them on the counter and I would do something.
I mashed up the 2 bananas, mixed in 1 cup of oatmeal (just the regular quick oats that we had), one tablespoon-ish of natural peanut butter, and a sprinkle of raisins. I mixed it all up as much as possible and then formed them into cookie shapes on a nonstick tray. It was a sticky mess. I put them super close together, after all, there was nothing that was going to cause them to grow while baking. I baked them at 300°F for about 12 minutes. I just watched until they were browning a bit.
I put raisins in, but you could leave them out, you can put in anything else you like; chocolate chips, nuts, shredded coconut (not in my house), dried cranberries, etc.
Truth: They are not a “real” cookie. There is not any sugar, egg, flour, etc. So they are good if you’re not expecting a sweet, decadent, dessert. They are a relatively healthy and very satisfying snack.
From the Critics:
Total: 2.5 Stars out of 4
Jack (17) – They’re good! I will definitely eat these again.
Cole (15) – No way will he even try. He’s not a huge fan of oatmeal and he can’t stand peanut butter. (I chose not to remind him that he lived on PB&J sandwiches as a kid.)
Rhys (12) – (AKA the biggest critic) claims they’re okay. He will eat them, but would rather a “real” cookie.
Cody (aged to perfection) – Loves them! He prefers it with chocolate chips instead of ‘sad raisins’.