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This sounds really weird but I've been thinking about baking and sugar and cookies nd just sweet stuff in general.<br><br>
Tracy has a huge sweet tooth (so do I) but I'mm trying to find things that he will consider "junk" by the appearnce but them to not be junk in composition.<br><br>
I was freecycled a food dehydrator, I pick it up on Monday. Anyway, I was thinking can I take fruit (either banana or something) dehydrate it, grind it to almost dust, and use it in place of some of the sugar in my recipes??<br><br>
I'm sure some of it will be trial and error but what do you think. I've never heard of anyone doing it or read anything here...and normally if you don't read it here you can't do ti <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
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It definitely would be trial and error. In cookies, sugar not only adds bulk, but also carmelization. I'm not sure fruit powders would do that. Can't hurt to try, though. Maybe some banana powder in pancakes or waffles would work, since they don't rely on sugar so much for flavor and chemistry.<br><br>
Hmmm...interesting question.
 

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Hm, I didn't think about this part. I was going to try some oatmeal cookies tomorrow. I figure if they don't hold together that I'll have some "odd" granola <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I would try sweetening with fruit juice or mashed fresh fruit before ground-up dehydrated bananas. I got a book out of the library called (I think) "Sugar-Free Toddlers" that has lots of good recipes with no refined sugar. I also found a recipe for Banana Oatsies--made with bananas, oats, and no added sugar--that my ds absolutely loves. I'll post the recipe later if you are interested. It's so simple DS can practically make it himself, and he is only 3.
 

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Yup. I'm interested <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Here are a couple of my recipes that use fruit to sweeten:<br><br>
Raisin Bars<br><br>
These delicious bars contain no eggs or sweeteners.<br><br>
1 cup whole wheat, brown rice, or barley flour<br>
1 cup rolled oats<br>
1/2 teaspoon sea salt<br>
1/4 cup oil<br>
1 cup walnuts, minced<br>
1 cup raisins, minced<br>
1 cup pitted prunes, minced<br>
1 tablespoon grated orange or lemon peel (optional)<br>
1/3 to 1/2 cup water<br><br>
Preheat oven to 325º. Oil 8-inch square baking pan. Blend flour, oats, salt, and oil with fingers until evenly mixed.<br>
Mince the nuts in food processor and add to oat mixture. Mince raisins and prunes in food processor. Add them to batter along with the orange or lemon peel and 1/3 cup water. Mix the batter with your hands or in food processor. Add remaining water as necessary to make batter hold together.<br>
Press into prepared pan. Bake for 30 minutes. Let cool, and cut into 16 squares.<br><br>
Yield: 16 bars<br><br>
Banana-Oatmeal Cookies<br><br>
These moist cookies contain no sweeteners, butter, eggs, or wheat.<br><br>
2 cups rolled oats<br>
2/3 cup almonds<br>
1 teaspoon baking powder<br>
1/4 teaspoon sea salt<br>
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon<br>
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg<br>
1 1/2 cups mashed banana (about 3 bananas)<br>
1/4 cup oil<br>
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract<br>
3/4 cup raisins<br><br>
Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly oil baking sheet. Grind oats and almonds to a coarse powder in food processor or blender. Pour them into a large mixing bowl. Stir in baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.<br>
In separate bowl or in food processor, beat together bananas, oil, and vanilla until smooth and creamy. Add banana mixture and raisins to oat mixture. Mix well.<br>
Drop cookie dough by tablespoons onto prepared baking sheet. Bake for 13 to 16 minutes, or until bottoms are golden brown.<br><br>
Yield: 3 dozen<br><br>
Variation: For older children, replace the raisins with carob or chocolate chips if desired.
 

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Oh - one more. This is my husbands favorite. He says they taste like cheesecake.<br><br>
Cream Cheese Bon Bons<br><br>
These are delicious, easy to make, and the kids have fun rolling them up.<br><br>
1/2 cup raisins (regular or golden)<br>
8 ounces cream cheese<br>
1 teaspoon vanilla<br><br>
Suggestions for rolling:<br>
Minced walnuts, wheat germ, flaked coconut, or sesame seeds<br><br>
Place raisins in food processor and grind until they are coarsely chopped and start sticking together. (This takes a few minutes but be patient - they will start sticking.) Add cream cheese and vanilla. Process until smooth.<br>
Pour your choice of rolling ingredient into a shallow dish. Scoop out teaspoons of cream cheese mixture and drop onto dish. Roll into balls until coated. They will resemble truffles. Keep balls refrigerated until ready to serve.<br><br>
Yield: About 1 1/2 dozen
 

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Well, it turns out my Banana Oatsies are just a simplified version of Cathe's Banana Oatmeal Cookies. Here's the recipe:<br><br>
4 bananas<br>
1/2 cup oats<br>
1 1/2 cups chopped nuts<br>
1 tsp. vanilla<br><br>
Mash bananas and add other ingredients. Mix well. Drop by teaspoonful onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Makes about 2 1/2 dozen.<br><br>
You can grind/chop your own nuts, as Cathe suggests above, or buy nutmeal in the bulk section of your health food store. I've found pecan, almond, and hazelnut meal here.
 

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Thanks! I'll try one of them tomorrow. I have to get bananas because I forgot them at the store <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/duh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="duh">
 
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