Sir Snugglemuffin likes food. A lot. We don’t usually buy a lot of pre-packaged stuff but The Daddy-Man , in a well-meaning attempt to get baby something different and yummy, picked up a box of these:
Poor dearest forgot that Gerber is now owned by Nestle. We’ve been a No-Nestle household for over a decade now but it’s hard to remember and keep track of all the companies Nestle has bought up over the years. It was a totally understandable mistake on his part.
We would have returned the cookies to the store but Pookie was being a helpful big sister and had decided to open the box to give the baby a cookie. Really, it’s not the end of the world if a box of Nestle makes its way into our house,I suppose but the baby did not like them. I tried several times to get him to eat one but he’d take one bite and crumble the rest.
Then I decided to try them and understood why he wasn’t a fan. Dry,tasteless, blah. Not even really any banana flavor ,even. I don’t care what the ingredients say. The dried banana purée and essence of banana just weren’t coming through.
So, I did the logical thing: Waited for some ‘naners to ripen and made my version of Banana Cookies.
Even if you’re not into the Nestle Boycott, this is a nice corn syrup & additive free alternative to the boxed variety. They’re just shaped like regular ol’ cookies and not like bananas but my toddler didn’t get all judgy about that.
Here’s my recipe:
Little Monkey Cookies
2-3 very ripe bananas
½ tsp honey or agave syrup (you could even use a little less…. these were just sweet enough to my taste buds)
½ cup applesauce
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
pinch of salt
½ tsp cinnamon
Do This Stuff:
Mash the bananas with a hand masher or purée in a blender. Add the honey or agave, applesauce and egg. Mix well. Add all dry ingredients and stir.
Drop by spoonfuls on a baking stone or cookie sheet. The mixture will be a little runny – that’s the way it should be. Just don’t place the spoonfuls of batter too close to each other or you might end up with one gigantic cookie.
Bake at 350° for 10-13 minutes, or until cookies are a light, golden color. Let cool and give to your little monkey to munch on.