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"
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!