Healthy and cookies aren’t words that usual go together. However, there are some recipes that exists for healthy cookies. For toddlers this is music to their ears. There is something magical about the word cookie. And for parents a toddler the magic is a toddler that will actually eat his breakfast! Believe you me, we know all about the morning breakfast struggle in our house.
What qualifies as a healthy toddler friendly cookie
- Your toddler actually has to like them. So basically there need to be enough flavor there so that the buzz word “cookie” wins out over the buzz word “healthy”. You might want to keep the healthy part under wraps and play up the cookie part.
- They actually have to be a somewhat healthy cookie. As a parent you need to be able to sleep at night knowing you gave your child something of nutritional substance and not just a bunch of junk.
Okay, so are you with me parents? We have to stick together otherwise these kids are going to take over!
I know, I can always use advice and tips from others going through the same process of trying to get their toddler to develop healthy eating habits. This recipe is one of the tricks up my sleeve for getting my son to eat a healthy breakfast. We’re always looking for and finding tips and tricks to get our children to eat healthy balanced meals (and so Mommy and Daddy survive meal time). So, stay tuned for more Toddler Friendly Food Tuesdays. Today I’m going to share with our our recipe for a healthy oatmeal breakfast cookie.
One of the most difficult parts of our week day is getting ready in the morning. My son has always been a picky eater and has always been at the bottom of the weight charts. We used to frequently let him eat a granola bar as breakfast (or pre-breakfast snack), but the sugar content has always bothered me from a healthy eating perspective (plus all the million other ingredients including trans fat and high fructose corn syrup). We’ve been experimenting with granola and oatmeal to find a suitable replacement. I stumbled onto this while looking up healthy oatmeal cookie recipes. Many of the recipes I found online had lots of sugar. I reduced the amount of sugar and added some chocolate chips (who can resist chocolate chips). I realize the addition of chocolate chips makes it less healthy, but the goal was to create something my son would eat. The chocolate chips make for a good compromise. It transforms it into something a toddler to eat, it is a oatmeal breakfast COOKIE! after all, but at the same time there are still lots of good wholesome ingredients in there to please Mom and Dad and satisfy the health factor. Add a fried egg and it really makes a good breakfast–plus he is more willing to eat the egg if he knows he gets another cookie. The last batch I made I forgot to add the chocolate chips, so I sprinkled some on top–we’ll probably try them with our 16 month old to see if she will eat it. She is definitely less picky then our son. I don’t know if that is just a personality difference or a second kid difference. Probably both.
This is a good Sunday mid-morning activity. Sam has gotten really good at helping in the kitchen. I usually have fun cooking with him, but occasionally have to remind myself not to worry about the mess. After I almost spilled the entire container of oats and started to get really annoyed with the whole process, my son said, â€œMommy, the mistakes are what make it fun.â€ Oh yeah, thanks for the reminder. Messes can be fun. Oops, there goes some more flour on the floor.
I think the cookie is somewhat of a misnomer, because these end up more bread or muffin like. But if calling it a “cookie” makes my toddler eat more healthy than sign me up. I think the original recipe I found for these was on spark recipes (http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/home.asp), which is an interesting site I’ve visited occasionally. I like the recipe calculator feature where you can type in all the ingredients of one of your recipes and it will give you calories and nutritional info. I think I reduced the sugar in the recipe and also increased the flour to compensate.
Oatmeal Breakfast â€œCookiesâ€
1/2 cup canned pumpkin (I have been using baked sweet potato because I can’t find pumpkin now)
1 cup applesauce, unsweetened
1 cup banana, mashed (I used 2 bananas)
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
1.5 cup all purpose flour
1.5 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
3 cups Oats
1/3 cup chocolate chips (I have started using mini chips)
Mix pumpkin, applesauce, banana, white sugar, and brown sugar. Mix in eggs and vanilla. Stir in flour, wheat flour, soda, salt, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice. Mix in oats and chocolate chips. Grease cookie sheets and drop heaping tablespoons of cookie dough onto sheets. Cook for 12-15 minutes at 350F. Let cool for 1 minute and transfer to wire rack or paper towels on counter top. Makes about 3 dozen.