Saturday, March 16, 2013

Nutritious Baby Cereal Cookies

My 5 year old has eating and weight issues, so I'm always trying to figure out how to make every bite count, maxing out in calories and nutrition.  This recipe was born from that ethos.

Baby Cereal Cookies

2/3 cup of butter, softened
2 mashed, ripe bananas
1/3 - 1/2 scant cup of unpasteurized local honey - depends on how sweet you want them to be.
2 eggs
1 Tbsp. pure vanilla extract
1 cup dry organic baby cereal, whatever kind you like, I try to use one with mixed grains. Baby cereal is fortified with iron and B vitamins.
1/2 cup + 3 Tbsp. unbleached flour
1/2 cup quinoa flour - I hate quinoa, it smells like weeds to me, but it's a complete protein as well as being high in fibre, iron, magnesium, calcium and phosphorus, so I include it.
1/2 cup wheat germ - I always substitute wheat germ for bran, as wheat germ is high in Vitamin E, folic acid, phosphorus, thiamin, zinc, magnesium, and essential fatty acids.
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. iodized sea salt

Combine wet ingredients in one bowl and dry in another.  Mix together and spoon onto parchment paper lined cookie sheets.  Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes.  Cool completely before storing.  Freezes well.  They have a soft, cake-like texture, perfect for little mouths.  Makes 4 dozen.

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