Saturday, March 23, 2013

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies (low sugar)

Ok so I realize looking at this picture that these totally look like dog biscuits and your dog would not mind eating these at all.  I think to remedy the dog biscuit look you can make these just into drop cookies but I made these with my 2 year old and she loves loves loves to play with the dough.  I decided she would probably like pressing these into shapes with the cookie cutters.  Or rather she played and I pressed them.  

This recipe is based on the Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies in Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar but with a couple tweeks to use a banana that was a little beat up on the counter and to reduce the sugar to alleviate any guilt that might crop up when feeding your kids cookies.  Although with the reduced sugar and banana these are definitely less sweet than your typical cookie.  Luckily my little Noodle hasn't really learned what sugar is.  If you're not into the light banana flavor, apple sauce/puree would work just as well.

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

1 medium banana, mashed
1/2 c peanut butter (creamy or crunchy)
1/2 c dark brown sugar
1/3 c nondairy milk
4 tsp ground flax
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/3 c spelt flour (or whole wheat flour)
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/3 c oats (whatever kind you have)

Preheat oven to 350F (180C).  Line 2 baking sheets with parchment.
Mix together the banana, peanut butter, sugar, milk, flax, and vanilla until smooth.
Sift in flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.  Add oats and mix together.
Drop by rounded teaspoon (or press into shapes) onto prepared cookie sheets and bake about 10 minutes.  

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