These work really well as oatmeal on the go, and it is very toddler friendly, although they may just try to eat the raisins out… Charlotte loves them as a quick car ride snack or breakfast. They have a lovely, subtle banana flavor and the cinnamon adds some complexity and spice. And they can be made gluten free and vegan to boot! The recipe was modified from a self.com recipe.
Quick and Tasty Banana Oatmeal Cookies
3 ripe bananas
2 c. rolled oats (gluten free optional*)
1/3 c. applesauce
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tbsp honey (optional**)
1 tbsp. ground flax
1/2 c. raisins
1/8 c. sunflower seeds or slivered almonds
2 shakes of cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Using a fork, mash the bananas in a bowl. Stir in oats, applesauce, raisins, honey, cinnamon, sunflower seeds, flax and vanilla extract. Mix batter well.
Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto a lined cookie sheet. Just to note, they don’t rise much at all, so shape them the way you’d like them to come out. Bake for 20 minutes.
Makes 24-30 cookies
*Oats are gluten free naturally, but may be processed in a facility with wheat, so if you have are cooking for someone with a gluten intolerance, purchase gluten free oats that are made in a separate facility.
**Honey is not technically vegan since it comes from an animal
Image from Self.com