Ever go to a kid’s birthday party and realize there’s nothing your little one can eat? That’s a regular occurrence for me and my daughter, Ilse. Ilse, like me as a child, is super sensitive to a LOT of common allergens like sugar, eggs, gluten, dairy, and nuts. Wherever we go, there’s often times not a sweet treat she can eat and it’s never fun to be the only kid at a party who doesn’t get to eat any dessert.
So my husband Adam and I came up with a super easy, allergen-free cookie we could always bring so Ilse would be able to have a sweet treat with the rest of the kiddos. And guess what happened? Not only did Ilse love these cookies, all the other kids loved them, too! Even when there was a conventional cake or cupcake option, other kids gravitated towards our cookies instead. I even started having parents ask me for the recipe or request that I bring the cookies for their next party! This recipe is truly kid-tested and approved!
Since it’s the end of the summer (for those in the northern half of the world), we wanted to share this recipe with our community because these cookies make a perfect healthy back-to-school treat. They are allergen-free (perfect for peanut-free or nut-free schools) and don’t take much effort to make. And they are a healthier alternative to conventional packaged oat bars or snack bars, a staple of many school lunches. Plus, it’s such a simple recipe even your kids can help make them!
We hope you enjoy these cookies as much as our family does! Do you have another back-to-school snack you’d like us to give the Conscious Cleanse makeover? Let us know in the comments!
With love and allergen-free treats,
Oatmeal Banana Cookies
Yield: 18-20 cookies
1 cup gluten-free quick oats, whole
1 cup gluten-free quick oats, ground
2 ripe bananas
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. aluminium-free baking powder
1 TB. lakanto*
*1 TB. of honey can be used as a substitute
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a medium size bowl, combine whole oats, ground oats, sea salt, baking powder and lakanto. In a small bowl, mash the bananas with the vanilla until smooth. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix to combine. Using a spoon or cookie scoop, scoop cookie batter onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes, let cool, and enjoy.
Jo Schaalman and Jules Peláez are co-authors of the book The Conscious Cleanse: Lose Weight, Heal Your Body and Transform Your Life in 14 Days, a best-selling, step-by-step guide to help you live your most vibrant life. Together they’ve led thousands of people through their online supported cleanse through their accessible and light-hearted approach. They’ve been dubbed “the real deal” by founder and chief creative director Bobbi Brown, of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, beauty editor of the TODAY show.
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