My daughter started kindergarten this year at a nut free school. That doesn’t mean just no peanuts- it’s ALL NUTS! Don’t get me wrong; I’m not objecting to a safe environment for kids with nut allergies. I just mean that for a family who eats a plant based diet I was surprised to find out just how many things we were eating with nuts in them. It goes beyond just PB and J sandwiches in our house- even our macaroni and cheese is made with cashews!
So, when I found this recipe I was quick to make it a staple in my kids’ lunch. Besides not containing any nuts these tasty morsels don’t contain any added sugar and are gluten free. With whole grains to keep them full until lunch, they make a great recess snack.
3 Bananas, mashed
1/3 cup Unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup Non dairy milk (remember Almond milk is made from nuts)
1 tsp Vanilla
1 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 cup Organic raisins
2 cups Organic Rolled oats
1 Tbsp Chia seeds (optional)
1 Tbsp Hemp hearts (optional)
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. It will seem a bit wet but don’t worry the liquid will cook into the oatmeal. Use Tablespoon sized cookie scoop and place balls on cookie sheet covered with silicone baking mat or parchment paper. These will not spread out so put them close together. Press down lightly with a fork.
Bake at 350 for 17-20 mins.
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