Banana Oat Cookies
Super simple and healthy Oat Cookies that the kids will enjoy making and eating.
I only wish that I could eat oats. Oats are one of the most nutritious grains. They are a great source of vitamins, minerals, fibre and antioxidants. They have a low glycemic index, maintaining blood glucose levels keeping you fuller for longer. Whilst most people who are gluten intolerant are fine with Oats, I would recommend that Coeliacs steer clear of them. Many Coeliacs do not react to oats in terms of feeling any physical symptoms however irreversible damage can still occur, in other words they can be toxic to people with Coeliac disease.
Recommendations in terms of Coeliacs and Oats differ by country – this means that the food standard codes differ around the world. Both Coeliac NZ and Coeliac Australia recommend that those with Coeliac disease do not consume oats. Under both countries food standards codes, oats and their products are not permitted in foods that are labelled gluten free. This is because there is currently no available test to measure the gluten protein (Avenin) in oats (the tests can only measure the protein found in wheat, rye and barley). “Avenin is an essential part of oats and will never be truly gluten free even if they are described as being gluten free” (Ceoliac NZ). Compare this to the US where oats can be marketed as “gluten free” whereas the same oats are labeled “wheat free” in NZ and Australia.
It really is a controversial subject and I could go on and on about this but instead I will just state that as a Coeliac, I choose (and advise Coeliac) not to take the risk, avoid oats and products containing oats.
But back to these kid friendly Oat Cookies…. These are so simple to make and the kids will enjoy making them too – Stella definitely did. Only a few ingredients and not much preparation involved other than measuring out the few ingredients and mashing the banana.
Unfortunately I could not taste test these cookies but Stella absolutely loved baking them and eating them. However, I did manage to steal a few away and freeze them – making them a quick and easy snack to grab from the freezer. These can be put straight into lunchboxes from the freezer in the mornings and by the time lunch rolls around, these should be ready to eat.
If you are Coeliac or cannot tolerate Oats, please try substituting the Oats for Quinoa flakes or Buckwheat flakes. I think they will taste just as good and still nice and healthy!
We hope you enjoy these as much as Stella did.
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Ingredients2 medium ripe banana’s (mashed) 1 1/4 c Oats 1/2 c unsweetened Coconut 1/4 c dried fruit (i used chopped dates and goji berries) 1/4 t vanilla powder 2 T peanut (or other nut/seed) butter pinch salt optional 1/8 c coconut (or natural) yogurt – dependent on texture
- Pre heat oven to 180C and line a baking tray.
- Mix together mashed banana, coconut, vanilla powder, nut butter and salt until well combined
- Add oats and dried fruit (if mixture a bit dry add yogurt)
- Spoon 1 tablespoon of mixture per cookie – roll into a ball and then flatten on the baking tray
- Bake for 12-15mins or until golden and leave to cool