Holiday Monday baking project

19 May

If your house is like mine, bananas are an absolutely essential staple to have around.  Jade might decide all she’s going to have for breakfast is 250mL of milk and six grapes, but she can almost always be persuaded to supplement that with at least half a banana.

It seems, though, that an inevitable side-effect of having bananas around is that there are always one or two that get too mushy or too brown for snacking on.  I used to make banana bread pretty regularly, but it just seems like too much for me these days.  (Just ask Michael; he threw out about a dozen black bananas when he cleaned out the freezer last month.  I just never got around to using them…)

I was flipping through a cookbook my mother-in-law gave me called Feed Me I’m Yours (subtitled Baby Food Made Easy!) and came across this recipe for banana oatmeal cookies.  It only uses one banana, but it seemed simple and I figured I could use the resulting cookies as a snack for Jade’s lunchbox. (Snacks are always the hardest thing to come up with, and these have quite a bit of fruit in them with my added applesauce and raisins.)  The whole project took about half an hour, perfect for doing with a two-year-old, and the cookies came out almost muffin-like and quite tasty.

Ingredients for Banana Oatmeal Cookies

  • 3/4 cup butter or margarine (I decided to use 1/2 c butter + 1/4 c applesauce instead)
  • 1 cup brown sugar (I used 3/4 c and still found them plenty sweet)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 -1/2 cups flour (white, whole wheat, or a combination)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 cup mashed banana (oh, oops, I guess I should’ve used more than one banana!)
  • 1-3/4 cups oatmeal, uncooked
  • optional: raisins (which I used), nuts (not allowed in the daycare), wheat germ (good idea), sunflower seeds, grated orange peel

Directions

Cream butter or margarine (and applesauce) with sugar.  Your toddler can do this while you beat the egg.  Add the egg and mix well.  Remind your toddler to stir gently. 

Go to the flour bin and get your toddler to help you measure out the flour.  Don’t cringe when some of it spills on the floor. 

Gather up the baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and measuring spoons.  Measure out the ingredients into the flour and show your toddler how to tap the side of the bowl so that all of the spices go in.  Put the nutmeg and cinnamon away so that she stops trying to stack them on top of each other. 

Add flour, baking soda, cinammon, and nutmeg into the creamed mixture.  Stop your toddler from picking out the lumps as these get mixed together.  She might think they’re peas, but it’s not a good idea for her to eat them at this point.  Blend until smooth.  This probably requires a little more muscle than your two-year-old has. 

Add mashed banana and oatmeal next.  Blend.  Remind your toddler again not to put her fingers in the batter. 

Now you can add the optional ingredients.  Your toddler may decide it’s nicer to eat raisins than to add them to the batter.  Give her her own bowl. 

Drop batter by teaspoonfuls onto a greased baking sheet while your toddler eats raisins and asks for Cheerios.  (I use parchment paper instead of greasing my baking sheets.  This is the greatest invention ever.  No greasy fingers, no extra grease in your cookies, and no having to clean up the cookie sheets!)  

Bake at 400°F for 12-15 minutes.  I think I’ll use 375°F next time, though because by 11 minutes the cookies were done, and some were overdone.  Makes about 30 cookies.

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3 Responses to “Holiday Monday baking project”

  1. MommyTime May 20, 2008 at 8:56 pm #

    We either can’t eat enough bananas in our house or won’t touch them with a ten foot pole. Right now they are verboten, but I’m sure they’ll come back into fashion at some point so I can make these delicious sounding things! I can’t wait. Thanks.

  2. McMommy May 21, 2008 at 10:46 am #

    Banana oatmeal cookies are a huge hit in our house! I usually use the recipe in Jessica Seinfeld’s book….and last time I did something really illegal and used Raisinettes in mine!!

  3. Tine May 23, 2008 at 2:20 am #

    Sounds delicious !!

    I always make milk shakes out of mushy bananas, though (actually, I use soy milk, since I’m not allowed to have any dairy products, & add a little honey – but it works with regular milk, too: My friend Tannja’s little girl, Johanna, just LOVES it 😀 – so there’s some hope Jade might like it, too 🙂 ) !!

    Love from Germany !!

    ♥ ♥ ♥

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