These simple cookies come together very quickly and only require a few pantry staples – and use up those spotty bananas! This is a very kid-friendly recipe, so it is okay if the measurements aren’t exact. These cookies also count as both a fruit and a starch. Also, since there are no raw eggs, it is safe for kids to taste as you bake! Make sure you try out the Food Scientist Tips at the bottom!
Makes approximately 20 cookies
Food Scientist Tip #1: Try using different mix-ins or a combination of mix-ins. Other fun ideas might include M&M’s, white chocolate chips, or peanut butter chips. You could also try stirring in a spoonful or two of peanut butter, chocolate peanut butter, or other nut butter for some extra protein! Choose something familiar and preferred to help these new cookies work better for you!
Food Scientist Tip #2: Add 1-2 scoops of Collagen Protein Powder (we love Great Lakes and Vital Proteins) for some extra protein without changing the taste at all! Then these cookies have a protein (protein powder), a starch (oats) and fruit (bananas and applesauce) in them – a complete meal! Just make sure to pair it with something else since it is boring to only eat one food at a meal or snack! 🙂
Food Scientist Tip #3: Do these cookies work better for your body when they are cooked or do you like the dough better? Experiment with making different shapes of cookies to change the texture (big, thick cookies or thin, flat cookies).
Food Scientist Tip #4: Experiment with different flavors of applesauce – maybe try cinnamon applesauce, berry applesauce, or maybe even canned pumpkin! Which works the best for your body?
Recipe adapted from Blue Zones
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