Terry is so excited to feature this blog/recipe post by her daughter, Laura Brandenburg!
Laura writes: One activity my 4-year-old daughter loves is baking and helping me cook. Since I’m one of those people that will eat all the cookies when no one else is looking, I've always resisted making baking part of our weekly activities! Don't get me wrong, I am so grateful to have these week days where we get to do activities like bake, art projects, or take our pretend trips to Michigan to visit family. It is part of what I love about the work-life balance I’ve found as a mom!
It wasn’t until I landed on this no-processed-sugar recipe that is oh-so-good that I felt comfortable introducing baking into our weekly routine. We both love them.! I feel good about eating them. And I feel good about my daughters eating them too.
This recipe makes about 6 large or 10 small cookies. You can double or even triple it if you want more. I like the single small batch because it means there are not so many cookies for me to munch on. It also means we only have to bake once, which is about right for the attention span of a toddler.
Depending on their capabilities, your toddler can mash the banana, stir the ingredients in, crack the egg, and measure out the oatmeal or other add-ins. Just be sure not to turn your back while they are adding chocolate chips. I speak from experience. You’ll end up with some super amazing, but not quite as healthy cookies.
While sometimes it is absolutely necessary to just say no, sometimes it’s really nice to say a big, loving YES to baking cookies
- 1 smashed banana (freeze your almost-too-ripe bananas and save them for this purpose)
- 1 Cup of oatmeal
- Healthy dash of cinnamon
- Sliced or slivered almonds
- Dried cranberries
- Freshly ground flax seed (you can add more than you think, you’ll never notice it)
- Mini dark chocolate chips (you need less than you think to make a big impact)
- If your mixture doesn’t hold together well, add an egg.
- Preheat oven to 350
- Place all ingredients in a bowl
- Stir until thoroughly mixed
- Bake for 10-15 minutes
About the Author: Laura Brandenburg started her first business in 2008 and experimented with consulting, personal coaching, training, and writing. In 2011, shortly after her first daughter was born, she landed on a mix of digital product offerings that have enabled her to build a 6-figure business while working part-time from home, so she could spend a lot of time with her two young daughters. Now, Laura is focused on empowering women to build momstyle businesses – online ventures that nourish their creative spirits, generate significant revenue, and allow them the flexibility to be the moms they want to be.
Find out more about momstyling your business visit Laura's site HERE.