We are stuck at home for a few days so ideas for indoor activities are much in demand. This one is great for little ones from about 16 months upwards and the results are very tasty for everyone. I have posted the original recipe here.
I was really surprised how much souper-baby seemed to “get” what was happening, she didn’t try to eat anything (although this recipe is great because it wouldn’t matter if she did). Obviously she has seen my husband cook, not me! I like to have silicon tools for her to use and a robust bowl just incase it ends up on the floor. I used silicon muffin cases to keep the cookies in shape but they’re not essential – a greased muffin tin would do and older children could even make the mixture into circles on a flat tray.
I hope you enjoy making this with your little ones, would love to hear how it goes and what you add, or even see some pictures of the results!
PS THIS would also be great to make together!
Over-ripe banana (1 banana makes 5 little cookies)
Optional – cinnamon, raisins, cranberries, bluberries
First get everything ready, pre-heat the oven to 180 deg C and set up a highchair close to the table (an ikea one without the tray is perfect).
Peel your banana(s) and mash mash mash until smooth, a potato masher is best for little hands and is quite fun (although you may need to hold the bowl)
Next, stir in porridge oats a little at a time. Little people probably won’t be that great at stirring but it’s a good skill to learn and you can always finish it off for them – use a different spoon though as it’s not worth the battle to wrestle their spoon from them. Add enough oats that the mixture will stay in a good shape, but there really is a lot of room for manoeuvre here.
We made five cookies with the mixture as is, and then added cinnamon and raisins to the remainder.
When ready, you can put the tray into the oven – a good time for a discussion about how hot it is and how you need to wear an oven glove.
Check them after 10 minutes or so, they will need between 10 and 20 minutes depending on thickness but again, there is a lot of leeway – as long as they stay together and are not burnt, you’re good! When they’re ready (or you can’t wait any more), take out and allow to cool on a wire rack.
and when you can’t wait any more, eat!
(don’t forget to share with your bunny)