For the past several weeks, I’ve been looking for the perfect easy breakfast and snack cookies. But almost everything in the stores has added sugar. So I played around with using bananas instead of flour and nut butters for extra protein and omegas. My son, Frankie, is now 2 years old and he absolutely LOVES these cookies. I alter the recipe for these cookies frequently – just to mix things up (literally!). Sometimes I keep the recipe plain and sometimes I add flax, chopped up almonds and a bit of molasses. Every morning he asks for a cookie and it makes me happy to know that his version of a cookie is full of nutrients.

For a fun fall twist, I added a pumpkin crème topping. It tastes delicious and looks lovely.

Please enjoy my healthy fall-inspired snack!

Two-Ingredient Oat Cookies

by Julie Goldstein

Note: These cookies are sugar-free, gluten-free, vegan and organic.

Ingredients:

3 ripe bananas

1 cup of organic rolled oats

Optional add-ins: ¼ cup cacao chips, chopped almonds or walnuts, Nuttzo or any nut butter of choice, and flaxseed oil

Healthy ingredients for oat cookies

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Step 1:

Combine bananas with the oats and mash until moist

Banana and oat cookies

Step 2:

Mix in add-ins (if desired)

Healthy oat cookies mixed in bowl

Step 3:

Roll cookies into 2-inch balls and place onto a baking sheet about 2 inches apart

Oat cookies ready to bake on cookie sheet

Step 4:

Bake for approximately 15 minutes and let cool

Oat cookies baked on cookie sheet

 

Pumpkin Crème

By Julie Goldstein

Ingredients:

Healthy pumpkin cream ingredients
Not all ingredients are pictured above. For a full list of ingredients for pumpkin cream, see below:

4 ounces organic cream cheese

2 tablespoons unsalted organic butter

¼ cup organic pumpkin puree

1 teaspoon organic ground cinnamon

¼ teaspoon organic nutmeg

1 tablespoon organic grade 1 molasses

A dash of salt to taste

Step 1:

Add all ingredients into a medium size mixing bowl and mix together until smooth

Healthy pumpkin cream ingredients in bowl

Healthy pumpkin cream mixed until creamy

Step 2:

Add a dollop of pumpkin crème on top of each of the oat cookies, or put between two cookies for an oatmeal cookie crème pie

Oat cookie with pumpkin cream on top

Step 3:

Enjoy!

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