My kids are finishing up their first week back to school . . . meaning my morning routine is nothing like my lazy summer mornings. Oh no, not at all. I can wish but the vacation is over. The alarm rings and no time for snoozing. I am downstairs in the kitchen getting breakfast on the table and packing lunch boxes.
Like all good parents, we want our children’s bellies to be filled with nutritious food . . . breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack time. It’s this balance of healthy, tasty and fresh food, right? School aged kids, mine included, want their lunch box to resemble or sometimes to be identical to their classmates. Why can’t everyone choose healthy or just plain healthier options to fill the lunch box?
Reality is . . . there will be junk food and my kids will want it, ask for it and find ways to get it. I will continue to have healthy options and emphasize whole foods but I am not and never will be a “Food Policing” mom. It’s not my style. My philosophy is to stock a healthy pantry and fridge in order to serve wholesome meals. They might and usually are simple but contain real food that is fresh and seasonal. I really do applaud those select parents that have firm rules like “no sugar” and actually enforce them . . . with little or no exceptions. I might seem a bit weak in comparison but I am not a strict mom. Can’t fake what I am. And I am pretty sure my kids like playing at certain friends’ homes where the candy jar is always full, soda is an actual beverage with meals, and Oreo cookies are considered a food group. Disappointing? Yes! But, my two kids also like being in our home where the fruit bowl is always stocked, kombucha is brewing and ready and quinoa is a regular grain.
Well, I guess it is time to make cookies! What? Yes, you read that correctly . . . time to make some cookies! My belief is . . . Balance makes for a happy, healthy life! Cookies make kids happy . . . hell, they make every age happy! So, making cookies with good-for-you ingredients is a win-win solution! A homemade cookie that tastes good and is good for you puts a smile on both kids and parents.
So, what are you waiting for? Get up . . . Get into your kitchen . . . Start baking a batch of Not Your Regular Peanut Butter Cookies!
makes 14 cookies
1 cup organic peanut butter, softened
1 cup garbanzo bean flour
1 cup sucunat (minimally processed pure dried cane juice)
1 large ripe banana, mashed
In a large glass bowl, combine peanut butter with sucunat. Stir well.
Fold in mashed banana until completely combined.
Lastly, add in flour. Dough should be refrigerated for about 20 minutes.
After chilling the dough, it is ready to be divided into 14 balls. Place on a parchment paper lined baking tray and press each ball down with a fork.
Bake cookies in a preheated 350F/180C oven for 13 to 15 minutes.
Cool & Eat!
WOW! Only four ingredients!
These cookies are simple . . . so simple. Just the way I like it! They bake up chewy and moist with a nutty flavor in each bite. It’s a blissfully sweet treat . . . that is a perfect addition to your kids’ back-to-school lunch boxes. They are vegan, gluten-free, protein packed cookies that ALSO taste great and look just like a regular cookie.
Try something new . . . Garbanzo Bean Flour. Garbanzo beans also known as chickpeas are creamy and tasty. It’s flour lends a sweet, rich flavor to baked goods. Loaded with protein, dietary fiber and being a good source of iron gives this flour a real nutritional boost to your baked goods. Combine this flour with strong flavors such as chocolate, nut butters and pumpkin. You and your kids will delight in the results!
Again . . . what are you waiting for? Tomorrow another set of lunch boxes need packing . . . so time to start baking!
To filling the lunch box with a sweet treat you and your kids will both love . . . one Not Your Regular Peanut Butter Cookie at a time! Hugs, M.