Having little ones who depend on you for every single aspect of their lives puts a high level of responsibility on one. So, as I did my weekly grocery shopping last week,
I browsed the snack aisles for my toddler’s school pack and quite frankly I recoiled and some of the ingredients listed on the products. I walked away with a resolve to make something tasty and healthy for him to eat.
I found a great recipe for oatmeal cookies which I think is a wonderful way for him to get fibre and still enjoy a snack.
Recipe for oatmeal cookies
115 grams softened butter
2/3 cup dark brown sugar
1/3 cup white sugar (you could do 1 cup dark brown sugar if you prefer)
1/2 Tbsp vanilla
1 tsp baking powder (optional)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 Cup all purpose flour
1 cup raisins
1 1/2 Cups raw oats (I used Quaker oats)
kosher salt (optional)
Preheat oven to 350ºF.
Cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy.
Add the egg and mix until incorporated. Then add the vanilla, baking powder, and cinnamon and mix until incorporated.
Stir in the flour then the raisins and oatmeal until combined.
Drop rounded mounds of dough on ungreased cookie sheets and sprinkle with salt if using.
Flatten the dough mounds slightly before baking.
Bake at 350ºF until just lightly browned on the edges and middle still looks undercooked, about 9 minutes. This will give a slight crunch with a chewy center. If you want it to be crunchier leave the cookies in for an extra minute or two.
Let the cookies rest on baking tray for 2 minutes before moving to cooling racks.
Needless to say the cookies were a massive hit with the children! They sped put of their room and made a beeline for the cookies as I tried to take pictures for the blog. Contorted in an awkward angle on the floor, all I could do was bark “Get away from there!”. The child obeyed but not before he snatched a cookie and made off leaving crumbs in his wake……
He had the cookies with a variety if fruit in his snack pack.
I am currently making a fresh batch as I write this and I have added some semi-sweet chocolate chips. These are not for the little one this time 🙂
You can really have fun with it and any variety of chopped nuts or dried fruit like cranberries, sultanas etc.
I will continue to look for great snack options and of course I will always share the recipe 🙂
FFF Top Tip: If you opt to top your cookies with salt, it is important to use sea salt or kosher salt or any other salt that has a similar texture. Table salt is too fine and will simply dissolve into the cookie as it bakes.