My 10mo is doing baby-led weaning (BLW), which means he eats table food and simplified table food with his hands as he is able and interested.
The problem is breakfast. My toddler, who was a more traditional, occasionally-spoon-fed baby, eats muesli made of oats, whole milk, applesauce, and some spices. The baby is SO interested in what he's doing, but eating oatmeal by hand is so messy that he rarely leaves the table satisfied, and I'm not comfortable with him having all that cow milk at this point in his life.
So what I'm searching for-- kind of desperately-- is a vegan or nearly-vegan oatmeal cookie recipe, preferably with applesauce in it and with no honey and very little sugar. LO is happy to gnaw on harder things, but something soft enough for a kid with only a few teeth to eat easily would be awesome.
I did some internet searching but didn't find anything. Anybody have a recipe for something like this?
This is from The LLL Whole Foods for Babies and Toddlers book:
Applesauce Oatmeal Cookies
3/4 cup oil
1 cup brown sugar (I only used 1/2 cup)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 cups oats
1 cup applesauce
Mix together oil, sugar, and vanilla. Mix in oats, salt, and applesauce. Scoop heaping spoonfuls onto a greased baking sheet. Flatter each cookie with the back of a spoon. Bake at 325 for about 30 minutes. Cool on a wire rack, and store in a tightly covered container.
My bigger kids loved these as well. I remember these browning fast so keep an eye on them. I think I decided I would cut the baking time but I am not sure. You could also add things like hemp seeds or flax meal to boost nutrition if you wanted.
Cheryl, wife to an amazing man, homeschooling SAHM to Gavin 12/03, Rhys 09/06, and Ian Aug 11, 2010.