If your house is anything like ours getting your kids out the door to school in the morning is pure unadulterated mayhem. We promise at the start of every school term to be more patient (fail), to prep things the night before (we’ll give ourselves a pass on that) and to get a healthy breakfast into our children before we shut the font door (does peanut butter on toast count?). So this term we were determined to ditch the vacuous cereals and replace them with super healthy kids breakfast cookies to kick start the day.
And when we say healthy, we really do mean healthy. These kids breakfast cookies are gluten free, dairy free and they contain no flour or butter and absolutely no refined sugar (ok so we did a bribery squiggle of chocolate on top but you can definitely leave that out).  
We love them because they are freezer friendly, can be whipped up in no time and the slow releasing energy helps to keep you full for longer.  As to the taste: we won’t lie, without the refined sugar you don’t get that crisp crunch you do from other breakfast bars – these are definitely more squidgy than crunchy but no less tasty in our opinion. 
Use the basic recipe and then experiment with flavours, spices or natural sweeteners such as raisins, dates or applesauce. They are the perfect start to the day for both you and your kids.

What you need

Here are the basic Ingredients – then select the Add On’s from the recipes below

  • 3 ripe bananas (for all recipes)
  • 450g gluten free oats (normal oats are fine too)
  • 1 cup almond milk (or any other dairy free milk)
  • 1 dessertspoon milled flaxseed (we love this Linwoods range)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Handfull raisins (optional)

 

Tip: these kids breakfast cookies don’t spread in the oven so they will bake exactly as you spoon them onto the baking tray

Raspberry & Coconut – basic ingredients +

  • 110g dried coconut 
  • About a dozen big juicy raspberries

Peanut Butter & Banana – basic ingredients +

  • 125g smooth or crunchy peanut butter (we didn’t add chocolate chips but it’s an option if you need more sweetness)

 

Carrot & Apple – basic ingredients +

  • 1 large carrot grated
  • medium sized apple peeled and grated
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Blueberry & Raisin – basic ingredients +

  • handful of fresh blueberries (approx 100g) 
  • handful of raisins

Method

  1. pre-heat the oven to 180C
  2. Mash the ripe bananas and mix in the oats and milk.
  3. Now add the flax seeds mix (or any other ground or small seeds such as chia) and the vanilla extract.
  4. Throw in the add-ons from your chosen recipe and mix well.
  5. Spoon your individual cookies onto a tray lined with grease proof paper. The cookies won’t spread in the oven so spoon them to the desired size. You should get a dozen standard size from this recipe.
  6. Bake them for approx 15 mins or until they brown. Then flip them over and bake for a further 10 mins on the other side.
  7. Enjoy!