My daughter, Jazlyn, is anaphylactic to egg, dairy, peanuts, and tree nuts. When she was first diagnosed, I found it very difficult to find recipes and foods that didn't taste like "allergy" food. Over the last 15 years I have had a lot of fun developing and changing recipes so that they are safe for her. I love to share my recipes so that other families can realize how yummy "allergy" foods can taste. You don't have to sacrifice taste or your favorite foods, you just have to rethink how to make them. I made a promise to Jazzy that I would do my very best to find a way for her to eat any food she wants to try. So far I have been able to keep that promise. I hope your family enjoys these recipes as much as we do.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Egg Free, Dairy Free, Nut Free Banana Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cake Cookies

Wow!!! Who Knew that healthy cookies could be this good and satisfying. These yummy, dense, cakey, perfect cookies are made with bananas, oats, and applesauce. They are NOT made with any margarine or oil and they only have 1/3 cup each of sugar and brown sugar. You can leave off the chocolate chips or replace them with craisins, raisins, coconut, etc. but with only 1/3 cup divided between the 3 1/2 dozen cookies, we think they are worth it. My girls and I couldn't get enough. These would be perfect as an on-the-go breakfast with a cup of soy milk and a sliced apple. However, they are so good that my girls don't care how healthy they are. My girls finished four cookies each just while I finished baking the rest of the batch. At least I can feel good about them eating these cookies.

Banana Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cake Cookies

2 cups instant oats
1 1/2 cups flour
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
4 ripe mashed bananas
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup safe chocolate chips, optional

Combine the oats, flour, sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add the applesauce, bananas, and vanilla then mix until thoroughly combined. Fold in the chocolate chips. Drop by 2 tablespoonfuls onto parchment paper lined baking sheets 1" apart. These cookies do not spread they just puff, so you don't have to worry. Bake at 350 for 9-11 minutes or until sets and the bottoms begin to brown. Store tightly covered in the refrigerator.

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