Sugar-free banana oat cookies

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This recipe is super-easy and fun to make with a toddler. It’s free from refined sugar and you can adapt it to include a variety of nutritious ingredients. I’ve adapted it from the wonderfully simple recipe on My Lovely Little Lunchbox. Here’s my version:Ingredients

1 large, ripe banana

1 mug rolled oats

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 tablespoon smooth nut butter or tahini

a handful of raisins or sultanas

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180c.
  2. Peel the banana and mash the flesh in a large bowl.
  3. Mix in the other ingredients to make a stiff dough. If it’s too wet or dry, try adding more oats or more nut butter.
  4. Roll it into small balls the size of a whole walnut. Place them on a lined baking tray and push a finger indent into each one.
  5. Bake for about 12-15 minutes, until beginning to turn golden.

Variations

I’ve sometimes made this more cookie-like by adding a beaten egg and more spices, dried fruit, fresh fruit such as chopped pear, plum or citrus zest and by replacing some of the oats with buckwheat flour for a smoother finish. You can also add some honey or maple syrup if you want a sweeter result. If you make the mix in a food processor instead of by hand then you can include seeds or nuts blitzed to a paste that is safe for the age of your child.

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