I love baking. It is something I love to do with the kids and have done so each week since Max was about 12 months old. It is a great activity for rainy days or lazy afternoons. The only time I got to bake as a kid was when my Grandma would come over from New Zealand and I always have such fond memories of making yummy treats with her so it is something I want to enjoy with my own kids.
Most of the baking I do is “pretty healthy”. We tend to use coconut or wholemeal flour over regular flour, and coconut oil instead of butter, and generally staying away from sugar. So it totally means you can eat more right?!
These cookies are delicious and moist, and can be served up as a slice as well. They can be frozen and used for school lunches or are just handy to have in the freezer for when you have friends pop in for a cuppa. You can even swap the banana for something like grated apples or blueberries. Get creative with it!
My top tip when preparing anything in the kitchen, especially with little ones “helping”, is to get everything out that you need before starting.
All your ingredients, bowls, measuring cups etc and make sure you have a extra bowl and spoon for your little one too. I put little bits into the kids bowls as we go. They like to sample things like coconut, oats etc Once you are ready to start, get your little one up on a stool or pop them in their high chair to lend you a helping hand. Be prepared to get messy!
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup maple syrup
4 tablespoons of coconut flour
2 cups of oats
1 cup of desiccated coconut
1 teaspoon of baking soda
2 ripe bananas
1/2 cup cocao nibs or choc chips (Go on…be naughty!)
Righto! Preheat your oven to 180 degrees and get your baking tray ready and lined with baking paper.
Lets sort the wet ingredients first. Whisk your eggs together. Mash up your bananas. Melt your coconut oil. Then combine. Add the maple syrup and vanilla essence and mix well.
In a separate bowl combine your dry ingredients: coconut flour, oats, desiccated coconut and baking soda. Mix well.
Combine everything together and mix well. Add your nibs or chocolate chips. Mix well again.
Using a tablespoon scoop out a bit of mixture, roll into a ball and pop onto your baking tray. You should be able to make roughly 14-18 cookies depending on the size of your balls. Give them plenty of room. you may need to do them in 2 batches if your tray isn’t big enough. Flatten them gently with a fork.
Remember you can also do this as a slice, just line a square dish with baking paper, and Ta Daaaaa you’ve made a slice!
Pop them into the over for roughly 20 minutes. Remove once golden. Serve with a nice hot cuppa and enjoy!