We have a love/hate relationship with sweets in this house. I can take them or leave them most of the time -- except during this pregnancy which is another story -- but Macie on the other hand, she LOVES them. She rarely gets sugar but the girl would live on it if we let her. She cracks me up with her love for sugar. Lately she has been on a kick where she asks for ice cream and cookies every chance she gets. The way she asks, you would think she gets it daily but it's a rare day when she gets that sort of treat.
The other day Macie was being good, and that includes a trip to the grocery store (miracle), and she asked for cookies. For some reason I came up with the bright idea of telling her that I would make her some while she was taking a nap. She seemed happy with that and we went home. We played some, had lunch and she went down for a nap -- and then I debated the cookie promise. I know, I hang my head in shame. I debated keeping a promise to my 2 year old. I was just SO tired.... but yeah, shame. After finding that if I halved the recipe, I had enough ingredients to make some toddle cookies that I had spied from Toddler Tastes. They are rolled oat, banana, honey goodness - no sugar.
These really didn't take long to make, even with the changes that I made. I baked up a quick batch just in time to hear Macie waking up and yelling "mommy... mommy-sita ... mommy!" Yup, Allen has taught her to call me Mommy-sita for some reason and she is all about it. As soon as I got up to her room, do you want to guess the very first thing my 2 year old asked me? "Mommy cookie now??" The kid has a steel trap of a memory. She never ever forgets, ever! Luckily I had my cookies all ready and she was thrilled.
I love that she considers these a special treat and a good cookie. They fill her up a little bit because of the rolled oats and don't have any sugar so I don't feel bad giving her one or two. And side note - it turns out that these cookies aren't just for toddlers. It seems that the 30-something male in the house thought they were quite tasty. He almost ate my plate of cookies before I could get a shot of them for you!
Toddler "Breakfast" Cookies
adapted from Toddler Tastes
1 1/2 ripe bananas - mashed
1 1/4 cup quick oats
3 Tbsp honey
3 Tbsp apple sauce
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup dried cranberries (or raisins or something else)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and let sit for about 10 minutes. Line a cookie sheet with parchment or a silpat and drop cookies by tsp onto the cookie sheet. Flatten cookies if needed. Cook for 20 minutes or until brown.
And FYI - there are only three cookies left in this house. They have been a huge success, I think I may have to make more.