Hunter and I have been having tons of fun in the kitchen. It seems about weekly we’re baking up something, and of course, I want him to be able to partake in our creations, so I want it to be full of good ingredients.
They don’t have to be sugar free cookies, but I want either natural sugars, or natural sweetness. Extra protein or good-for-you-ingredients (like quinoa!) is always a plus. Whole grains? A must. Luckily, he isn’t very picky and doesn’t know what a ‘real cookie’ should taste like, so I can warp his taste buds to enjoy something healthier. All of the cookies taste good to me too, but I’m sure my husband wouldn’t approve of many of them, so bake at your own risk.
What I love about these cookies: Extra protein from the chickpeas and peanut butter, and the sweetness comes from honey. The chocolate chips help to make them extra delicious, but you could totally leave that out too. Also, they are husband approved!
Modifications I made: None, they are great just this way!
What I love about these cookies: How often do you have a cookie that tastes good, and is filled with quinoa, sweet potato and flax seed? Plus it’s sweetened with just a little bit of maple syrup. These are nutrient packed, and awesome! Hunter went crazy for them too.
Modifications I made: I didn’t have flax seed in the house, so I subbed that for an egg. I also used part of a 90% dark chocolate bar chopped up instead of the chocolate chips.
What I love about these cookies: Just 3 ingredients: banana, rolled oats and chopped walnuts. All so good for you! These are the planned cookie for this week.
Modifications I plan to make: I don’t have walnuts on hand, but I do have sunflower seeds and pecans, so I’m planning to pulse both in the food processor instead of using chopped walnuts. Plus I don’t want big chunks of nuts since Hunter’s still little. Almond flour would be a great substitute here too.
What I love about these cookies: They are the most ‘cookieish’ of all 5 recipes, but still filled with great ingredients – oats, whole wheat flour, coconut oil and honey. Plus they are soft, great for little kiddos with not many (or any) teeth.
Modifications I plan to make: None, they sound delicious just how they are and perfect for fall!
What I love about these cookies: Carrots and dates! Plus other great stuff: oats, whole wheat flour, applesauce, coconut oil and flax seed. Just a little bit of extra sweetness added from honey.
Modifications I plan to make: I will probably chop my dates a bit smaller (they look big in the picture), and sub extra coconut oil for the honey. Dates are very sweet on their own, and I could probably get away without the honey. It’s worth trying.
Do you have a favorite, healthy (kid-friendly) cookie recipe? We’re always looking for ideas for our afternoon baking, so please share!