Saturday, January 19, 2013

No guilt cookie dough (great for kids!)

I had a genius idea last week. The Bear and I were making cookies, and she wanted to eat the cookie dough. And really, who doesn't love cookie dough? Terrorists, that's who. So, basically, I had to figure out a way to let her eat cookie dough, or the terrorists win.

With national security in mind, I did some quick thinking and came up with this awesomely delicious, super-easy, and even healthy, cookie dough recipe that she could help me make (she just turned two), and I would feel good for letting her eat it.

No Guilt Cookie Dough
1/2 smashed banana
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup oats
1/4 tsp vanilla (optional)
1 Tbs flax seed + 1-2Tbs water (optional)

Directions: Mix everything together (seriously, it's so easy). For the kids, it is fun to have them help measure and dump into an over-sized bowl.

Basically the banana, and flour form the sweet base (plus oats, if you like oatmeal cookie mix). Depending on the size of your banana you might need a little more or less flour/oats to get the desired consistency. The flax seed does help with the consistency (without having to add eggs), but isn't necessary, and the vanilla just makes it seem more like cookie doug instead of mashed bananas. Everything else is to taste. We didn't have any add-ins, but you could easily spice it up with something fun.

Add-in ideas: cinnamon, nutmeg, raisins, shredded coconut, chocolate chips, mini M&Ms, nutella, chopped nuts, fruit bits, orange peel, splash of lemon juice... just go wild!

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