Another thing that I regulate a lot is my daughter's sugar consumption. I do not want my toddler eating refined sugar. I had a local bakery make a sugar-free birthday cake for her, using stevia to sweeten it. (Heck, I don't even give her fruit juice to drink because of the high sugar content, which leads to a number of negative side effects.) Any baby snacks that I buy, I make sure are organic and I still read the ingredients in the organic items too. According to Vincent Iannelli, MD, who is a board certified pediatrician, "instead of juice, children should be encouraged to eat whole fruits", which brings me to what I wanted to share with you in the first place.
A couple of days ago, one of my friends (Thanks Jackie!) posted on her Facebook news feed about a sugar-free oatmeal cookie recipe, which was originally posted on Dr. Don Colbert's Facebook Page. Normally, whenever I hear about, or read the term, "sugar free", I immediately think that it is sweetened with those horrible, chemical sweeteners, which are complete NEUROTOXINS. However, since this was posted by my friend, who is currently studying to be a nutritionist, I immediately clicked on the link to see the list of ingredients that I would need to make these cookies. And when I read the list of ingredients, I noticed that it is a vegan-friendly recipe since it contains no eggs or dairy.
|These are all of the ingredients you need in the recipe. You can always add some stevia to add a little more sweetness.|
Sugarless Oatmeal cookies
- 3 mashed bananas (ripe)
- 1/3 cup apple sauce (unsweetened)
- 2 cups oats
- 1/4 cup almond milk (unsweetened)
- 1/2 cup raisins (try to use the raisins that are not sprinkled in sugar or oil)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Mix all of the wet ingredients together. Then add raisins and oats and mix together.
- Drop a heaping spoon full for each cookie onto a lightly greased pan (or use parchment paper.)
- Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes, depending on your oven. (My oven bakes them in 16 minutes.)
After I made the cookies and let them cool, I fed them to my 15 month old daughter. She really liked them, but I didn't doubt that she would since all of the ingredients are in her normal diet (minus soy milk.) Although too much soy in a person's diet is never good, having only 1/4 cup in an entire batter is fine by me.
I must give one disclaimer about his recipe. Personally, I found these cookies far too bland for my liking (ie. not sweet enough). However, I have a MAJOR sweet tooth, so I am used to eating really sweet things AND it can easily be remedied by adding some Stevia, which is a natural sweetener. But I must say that since there is no added sugar (except for what is found in the fruit) I am completely ok with my daughter eating this as a snack or small meal. And since I do not give her sweets (she didn't even get a sugary cake for her first birthday), she has not developed a major sweet tooth like far too many babies and young children have with their families giving them cakes, candies, chocolate, etc.
So I hope that you will try out this recipe and make a healthy treat for your kiddies.
(P.S. My daughter is currently sitting in my lap eating this healthy snack as I type this.)
|Mash bananas and apple sauce together.|
|After mixing all wet ingredients together, add raisins and oatmeal.|
|The cookies end up with a brown colour due to so much cinnamon in the batter.|