Toddler-Friendly & Baby-Friendly Oatmeal Cookies

One of the best things that we got for my daughter (so far) has to be the learning tower we have for her in the kitchen.  She’s able to be at the same level as the counter-top and she can “help” with cooking.  So far, she’s just been present while I cut up meat and peel veggies, and usually just samples the veggies as they’re getting chopped up.  Today, we decided to make some cookies together!

Autumn used to be really into the mixed fruit and veggie pouches, but lately she hasn’t been so interested in them. The other day, we attempted to give her one and she ate none of it.  I thought it might be nice to make cookies out of it so then I can give them to Aiden, too.  I wanted to find a cookie recipe that didn’t have any sugar, and I found one here!  This recipe I am about to share is an adaptation of the recipe from food.com.

This recipe is egg-free, flour-free, and sugar-free!  I like that it’s egg-free because it means that Autumn can help me and I don’t have to watch her like a hawk to make sure she doesn’t sample the cookies before they go in the oven.

Ingredients:
2 ripe bananas
1/3 cup your favourite fruit and veggie pouch (we used a Love Child Organics one made with apples, pumpkin, raisins and cinnamon, but you can pick whatever kind you like/have around)
2 cups oats
1/4 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350* and prepare pans with parchment paper.
  2. Mash bananas
  3. Mix in the rest of the ingredients with the mashed bananas
  4. Spoon batter onto the pans.  Bake for approximately 15 minutes.
  5. Let cool on pan and enjoy!

These cookies were incredibly easy to make, and my toddler said “num” as soon as she tasted a bite and kept asking for more, so she really likes them.  I am also comfortable giving them to my 7 month old because they’re made with all good things.

She LOVED helping make the cookies, and waiting for them to be done.

Enjoy <3

xoxo,
Alysa

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Most Read Posts of 2015

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I don’t generally do round ups on here, but today felt like a really good time to start!  I didn’t write in my blog as much as I would have liked over the last year, but I still had some posts that were more popular than others.

Here are the top 5 most read blog posts of 2015:

  1. Why to Re-Watch Sex and the City
    This one was really fun to write.  I had just finished re-watching all of Sex and the City, mostly during my late night/early morning nursing sessions with my daughter.  I have all the seasons on DVD (except season 1), so it was really easy to pop them in and press play and start watching (and feeding).  It’s such a great show.  If you haven’t seen it yet, you should!
  2. Baby Cereal Muffins
    I had tried giving my daughter baby cereal… and it just looked gross.  Plus, we did baby led weaning, so I was looking for something I could give her and have her feed herself.  I found the original idea for the recipe online, and then altered it and shared it here!  And Autumn LOVED them.  She still does.
  3. Etsy Gift Guide: Bridesmaids
    Basically, if I were to get married now, these are the kinds of things my bridesmaids would receive 😉
  4. Why to watch The Astronaut Wives Club
    This show is so much fun! It was a mini-series that was on a few months ago, but I really enjoyed it.
  5. My Birth Story (Part 2)
    Part two of my birth story was published in 2015, and so it makes the list!  You can read about the rest of the birth story here.

So it looks like my most popular posts have to do with babies or TV shows!  These are two things I’m definitely going to keep writing about.

Is there anything else you’d like to see here? What are your favourite things that I’ve written about?

xoxo,
Alysa

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Baby Cereal Muffins

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Before we decided on doing baby-led weaning for Autumn’s solids, we bought some baby cereal on sale at Target.  We gave the cereal to Autumn a few times before ultimately deciding that finger foods were better to give her.  I’m not really a fan about giving food to Autumn that I wouldn’t eat, and the baby cereal definitely fell under that category.  So, I needed to find something to do with all the leftover cereal.  A friend of mine suggested that I make muffins out of it, which I thought was an amazing idea!

I didn’t have an easy time finding a recipe that I liked.  There were a lot on Pinterest, but they all called for a lot of apple sauce/baby food, which I don’t have in the house right now.  I eventually found this recipe and the following recipe is an adaptation of that.

Baby Cereal Muffins

1 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 cup infant cereal, any variety
1/2 cup breast milk or water
2 Tbsp oil
3 eggs, beaten
1 tbsp vanilla

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and infant cereal together in a large bowl.
  3. Mix in breast milk (or water), oil, eggs, and vanilla one at a time and mix until smooth.
  4. Spoon batter into 24 paper-lined mini muffin cups. Approximately one teaspoon per cup.
  5. Bake for about 20 minutes.

Yields: Approximately 24 mini muffins

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Autumn loves them, too! 🙂

xoxo,
Alysa

 

 

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