I’m calling these cookies “healthy” because a.) they aren’t loaded with sugar and b.) they contain squash.
(Well, pumpkin – but pumpkin is a squash last time I checked. Consider this your homeschooling lesson of the day.)
They are sweetened only with banana and a little maple syrup, which makes them low enough in sugar that I feel I can throw the word “snack” into the title as well, while also keeping my conscience clear.
I whipped these together yesterday morning using this banana oatmeal cookie recipe as my starting point, subbing pumpkin for flour and using maple syrup instead of white sugar.
Health Oatmeal Pumpkin Snack Cookies
1/4 c butter, softened
1/4 c maple syrup
1 banana, mashed
1 c pumpkin puree
1 tsp of vanilla extract
dash of cinnamon
2 c rolled oats
(As a side note, you can double the recipe if you want to use your whole 15 oz can of pumpkin.) (I guess that’s is today’s math lesson.) (You’re welcome.)
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Combine butter, maple syrup, banana, egg, pumpkin, vanilla and cinnamon, then stir in oats 1 cup at a time.
Simple and easy, my favorite! You totally got this.
I used an 1/8 cup measure to scoop cookie dough and formed into patties with my hands before moving to a lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake for 11 – 13 minutes.
The cookies will be soft and chewy, as well as pumpkin-y and maple-y.
Makes 15 cookies, 2 of which were devoured by a certain (almost) 18 month old boy as soon as they were (even slightly) cool.
“Coo!” is his word for “cookie”, and believe me, he was saying “coo! coo! COO!” right here.
And then he was quiet.
Four out of five members of my household highly approved these snack cookies, but one out of three children here doesn’t like anything new and different – so I’m not counting Maxine’s vote. (I was really hoping she was going to like these because she loves pumpkin muffins, but no dice.)
Store in an airtight container, I’m keeping mine in the fridge. Enjoy as a snack – but given these were made with oats, pumpkin, banana, egg and maple syrup, they could easily work as a running-out-the-door breakfast too. I think that’s a time management lesson? You’re one smart cookie.