My little niece turned two earlier this year (omg time really flies) and beside the tiny doll’s house she had wished for I wanted to give her some homemade treats as well. Some healthy and vegan treats of course. I think it’s best to keep baked goods as simple and clean as possible for such young kids – and also for us grown ups! So I created this super easy oat cookie recipe which is one of my most popular german articles here on greenysherry.com. Many of my english speaking subscribers aka friends ? asked me for a translation; okay okay, I must admit it took me quite awhile but there we go!
Believe it or not, I make a batch of these cute little cookies almost every week since they are so easy to prepare plus you only need a few ingredients (that you might already have in stock). In Fact, all you need to make these yummy cookies is one banana, some dates, almond meal (ground almonds) and glutenfree rolled oats. Of course you can make the cookies with regular oats as well. But most importantly they are super yummy and healthy and the kids love ’em! Can it get any better?
Furthermore you can easily modify the recipe by adding more of your personal favorite ingredients – such as chocolate chips, dried cranberries (highly recommended!), sunflower seeds or cinnamon. Be creative! Please notice, before you let your kids or toddlers munch this treat make sure they are not allergic to almonds. Safety first.
As I mentioned before you only need dried dates, a ripe banana, oats and some almond meal to make these cookies. Dates are perfect to use as a natural sweetener and a quick snack. They are cholesterol-free and very low in fat. Plus they’re little energy boosters, rich in vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, A1 and C, proteins, dietary fiber, iron, potassium, calcium, manganese, copper, and magnesium. I recommend to purchase dates in organic quality.
So if you wanna spoil your kids or yourself with a sweet treat why not choose the healthiest (and cruelty free) option?
- 1 banana, very ripe
- 8 medjool dates, pitted
- 150 gr / 1,5 cup oats, glutenfree
- 1 cup almond meal
- vanilla, freshly ground
- dark chocolate chips (vegan)
- 1 pinch sea salt
Preheat the oven to 340°F (170°C). Soak pitted dates in boiling water for about 10-15 minutes; drain afterwards and blend dates in a food processor.
In a large bowl mash banana with a fork, add date puree, rolled oats, almond meal and optional ingredients.
Stirring by hand until the mixture is firm and sticky enough that you can roll some of it into a ball (works best with wet hands). Place the rolled balls onto a parchment lined baking tray. Flatten these balls with your hand or a fork.
Bake for about 10-15 minutes. The edges should be firm and the tops lightly browned.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes before transferring to wire cooling rack to cool completely.
Oh these cookies are also a great snack to go, may it be for a hike, at work/school or a picnic! What do you think? If you said “Pure bliss!” then you can read my mind! When you remake these, remember to snap a picture and share it on Instagram (using #greenysherry ) and tagging @greenysherry in the photo itself (so I can see your picture?) I’d love to see your cookies and let me know how you like them!