Feeding Baby Green, by Dr. Alan Greene, is a wonderful book to have when you are wondering what to feed your baby who is graduating to solid food. It is both a cookbook as well as a book with advice on how to approach feeding your baby and young child. Here is Feeding Baby Green's recipe for Chewy Oat Nuggets with the variations that I would add to the original to make them more appealing for older kids. The oat nuggets weren't quite sweet enough for my four year old, but they ate them when they were the only dessert option. My husbands advice was to add some chocolate chips to them to make them more popular with the preschool crowd. But they are a great "cookie" for a baby or child. Because there is no sugar in the recipe, you need to use a ripe banana so that the sugar from the banana will sweeten the cookie. I would really suggest anyone with a baby or one year old invest in this great baby book which is light years beyond most baby feeding books. You can read a sample of the book on amazon.com by clicking here.
You can also learn more about "pediatrics. naturally" from dr.green.com, which is great website full of a ton of information about parenting.
FEEDING BABY GREEN CHEWY OAT NUGGETS:
2.5 cups gluten free oats
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 cup walnuts, pecans or macadamia nuts (use sunflower seeds for pumpkin seeds for babies that haven't begun nuts)
2 cups sliced bananas (4 large bananas)
1/4 cup walnut oil (I prefer coconut oil)
OPTIONAL variations for older kids...
1/2 cup EnjoyLife mini chocolate chips or
1/4 cup raisins or dried fruit (chopped up in the food processor with the flour) or
2 Tablespoons cocoa powder or
2 Tablespoons unsweetened coconut
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
2. Put the gluten free oats, salt, cinnamon, and nuts in a food processor and process until the mixture looks like flour. Add bananas and oil. Process until combined.
3. Drop teaspoonful rounds onto a greased cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned.