By Kristin Cosgrove from Mamacino
Sometimes feeding toddlers can be challenging.
They are notoriously fussy eaters. Some only pick at things like a little bird and others, like my son, never seem to be satisfied. On top of that, we are finding more and more that we have dietary restrictions to work around. We might be gluten free, dairy free, egg free or nut free. Sometimes all of the above!
I keep an eye on the Baby Hints and Tips Facebook page and I have noticed more and more parents looking for information and support when it comes to feeding their children healthy, homemade, delicious, meals and snacks.
I find sticking to whole foods like fruit, vegetables, good quality dairy like organic natural yoghurt, good quality meats like lamb, beef and chicken prepared in a way that toddlers can manage without too much effort (like mini meatballs) eggs and some good quality grains is the way to go. Keep sugar to a minimum and use natural sweeteners like honey or dates when making treats. Because as we all know…toddlers LOVE a treat!
These Banana and Oat Cookies are something I often have in my pantry for an on the go treat or snack for my children. They are dairy and refined sugar free and can be gluten free if you can source gluten free oats. Best of all, they are really yummy.
Banana and Oats Cookies
Makes 12 Cookies
1 big banana mashed
½ tsp cinnamon
2 cups of rolled oats (use gluten free oats if you are on a gluten free diet)
½ cup of preservative free desiccated coconut
½ cup of raisins or cranberries
¼ cup of honey
¼ cup of coconut oil/olive oil
Preheat your oven to 160C. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Put all the ingredients into a bowl and mix well, using your hands to squeeze the mixture so it comes together. Use a tablespoon measure to measure out about 12 cookies. Roll into balls and flatten slightly between your palms. Place on the baking tray and bake for 25-30 minutes until golden. Cool before eating. These will keep for 4-5 days in an airtight container.
** honey should not be given to children until over 1 year old