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Kid Friendly Snacking "Cookies"

Posted Feb 20 2013 2:39pm
      My 21-month-old, Violet, has reached the picky-eater phase of her tot years. I have been in search of a way to keep healthy foods going in and not giving in to her demands for the sweet treats she wants.  Violet has recently discovered the awesomeness of one of our favorite Sesame Street monsters, none other than Cookie Monster.

     As you can imagine, the very sight of her blue furry friend has her throwing out sign language for "Eat", "More" and "Please" while crying out "Co-coo! Co-coo! Co-coo!" In spite of the fact that this is one of the cutest things I have ever heard or seen, I know that giving in to her desire for the normal sugar-laden variety will do her no good in the long run. What's a natural mama to do?
     I turned to my Mrs. Field's Cookie Book, which I've had since my own childhood and found a moderately healthy recipe called "Peanut Butter Oatmeal Ranch Cookies"...that didn't sound so bad, but I thought I could do even better to make them into a snacking food that I could feel comfortable giving Violet several times per day if it came to that. Hence the reasons why I put cookies in quotation marks in the title of this post, I feel that my version came out great, they are shockingly delicious (even though I made them healthier, which for some reason we often assume means boring or bland--not so!) Try them out on your tot, she may think they're cookies, but you'll know that they are a nutritious, protein rich and fiber filled snack food. You'll notice their are lots of "or"'s (and lots of mix-ins like dried fruit and seeds), feel free to adjust, fiddle, omit or add as you wish and make them your own.

Tamar's Snacking "Cookies"Ladies Holiday, 2013

3/4 Cup Teff flour3/4 Cup all-purpose flour1/2 tsp baking powder1 Cup Oats (old fashioned or quick)1/2 Cup Stevia (or just skip it!)1/4 Cup Earth Balance Spread1/4 Cup Olive Oil1/2 Cup Creamy natural peanut butter (or almond, or cashew, or sunflower)1/4 Cup Agave
(or honey, or maple syrup, or more stevia)2 Flax "Eggs" (to make 2 flax eggs: 6 Tbs water to 2 Tbs Flax meal, let set until it gels a bit)2 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract1 Cup Dried Cranberries (or raisins, or date pieces)1/2 Cup Sunflower seed kernals2 Tbs Chia seeds1 Tbs Flax seeds
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. I'm not fancy so...throw it all in a bowl and mix it up, get in their with your hands and smush the wet with the dry thoroughly. Form into teaspoon sized balls and gently smush down onto cookie sheet. Bake 23-25 min, let cool on pan for a minute or two then transfer to a cooling rack. Eat and Enjoy!
Bon Appetit!Tamar

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