Banana oats cookies

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Banana oats cookies_IMG_5494Baking with kids can be both fun and frustrating at the same time, but I have learnt to keep it as simple as possible when involving my two little monkeys. They are currently aged almost 2 and 4 and a bit years old. That proves a little bit of a challenge to allow them to attend at an equal level. The oldest is very good at helping, whereas the youngest believes he is very good at helping. πŸ™‚ Recently, I found this recipe on Pamplemousse’s blog! It is easy, few ingredients and such a simple and good treat for the kids! If you go easy on the chocolate, they are more food than treats too.

As I have mentioned before, if you are cooking with your kids, add some patience and a vacuum cleaner to the list of ingredients!

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We tried making these the clean way first and I only planned to have one small handful if chocolate bits in the dough. But somehow the chocolate to oats and banana ratio got drastically skewed. And in one way it was quite surprising that so much chocolate found its way into the bowls and not their mouths. Albeit, there were some little naughty hands out every time they thought I looked away. Or that’s the case for the oldest. My youngest will stuff his mouth whether I am watching or not! πŸ™‚ So note for next time will be to only get two small bowls of chocolate and not trust them with the entire bag. πŸ˜‚

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Banana oats cookies_IMG_5500Recipe:
1 ripe banana
1 cup rolled oats
2 tbsp peanut butter
1 small handful chocolate buttons

 

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Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Use your hands. By now there is so much mess anyway!
Put lumps of dough onto a baking tray lined with baking paper. They won’t run much, so spacing is not that important.

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Cook at 175 degrees Celsius for 15 minutes. Let them cool a bit and store in an airtight container in the fridge. These are a bit messy to eat when fresh as the chocolate will be soft.

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Enjoy the time with your kids and enjoy these cookies.
If you swap the chocolate for raisins or at least use less chocolate than we did and a dark type, then these are actually quite healthy. πŸ™‚

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The ones we made here are also dairy free as we used dairy free dark chocolate at 55%, making them delicious and allergy friendly at the same time.

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