Banana Peanut Butter Cookies for Toddlers

8:45:00 PM

Do your kids beg for dessert at every meal? Mine do. I’m trying to eat a little healthier and lose a few pounds, so I don’t want much dessert hanging around the house. And honestly, I don’t want my little ones to eat a bunch of junk all the time, but I don’t usually feel up to the temper tantrum that may ensue if they don’t get some kind of dessert.

Banana Peanut Butter Cookie

Several months ago I shared with you how you can make cookies out of baby cereal. I love this recipe, but I don’t always have molasses or butter on hand, and I wanted to try to make a batch of cookies with pantry items I do have. And yes, I found some baby cereal in the back of my pantry, so I needed to use it up! I also wanted something a little less crumbly. So I added an egg, some oil, and some peanut butter. The results were great! They are soft without falling apart, but the cookies still aren’t super sweet. I would compare the level of sweetness to a graham cracker. But all the kids who have tried these...aged 22 months to 9 years…have gobbled them down. My toddlers ask for more, so I consider these cookies to be a success.

Banana Peanut Butter Toddler Cookies

Banana Peanut Butter Cookie Ingredients

2 eggs
2 very ripe bananas cut up
½ cup oil
½ cup creamy peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla
½ cup whole wheat flour
2 ½ cups baby cereal
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt

Mix eggs, bananas, oil, peanut butter, and vanilla in a mixer until well combined.

Banana Peanut Butter Cookie Batter

Mix remaining ingredients in a separate bowl. While the mixer is running, add dry ingredients a little at a time. Mix until well combined.

Place on parchment or silicone baking mat on a cookie sheet in rounded teaspoons with about 2 inches between them. Press with a fork.

Bake for 15 minutes in a 350 degree oven.

Makes 24-30 cookies.

Banana Peanut Butter Cookies on Plate


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  1. This recipe looks very good. I wish I had this recipe when I had all that extra baby cereal when my children stopped eating baby food,. New follower.

  2. Those look good-and sound healthy! : )

  3. For toddlers? Stuff that, I want one, they look yummy

  4. These sound like a wonderful healthy dessert option!

  5. Even though my Sweetie is his mom's baby, I think I should substitute the baby cereal for something else... suggestion? Would instant oatmeal work? Here from SITS and salivating. BB2U

  6. I just recently found some baby cereal in the back of my pantry and these are genius! My 2 year old is always asking for cookies and I'm planning on making a batch later today just for him :-)

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    1. Holly, I hope that your little one loves the cookies. Isn't it funny how quickly they pick up on the dessert thing? Would love to hear how your cookies go!

  7. Hi Rachel. I def need to try these. I think I have some ripe bananas right now. Thank you for sharing. Found you at craft-o-maniac Monday.

  8. YUM! I love peanut butter cookies! Thanks for linking up to Monday Funday!

  9. That's cool that you make cookies out of baby cereal. Thanks for sharing at Must Try Monday :)

  10. These look delicious!! Will be making these!

  11. Peanut Butter Cookies are my favorite, never thought about adding banana's. Sound good. I would love for you to share them at my link party going on now at
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  12. seriously - no sugar? i think these are for me - super!

    1. Nope! I will be honest, though, I used "regular" peanut butter, so there is some sugar in there.

  13. a few months ago I had so much toddler cereal, I didn't know what to do with it. Will have to pass this recipe on to the mom's group I attend. Thanks!

  14. This is my favorite! I always end up eating waaaay too many cookies. ;)