Sugar-free doesn’t have to be flavor free!
Whether you need a delicious recipe to make for a party, or you’re looking for a healthy after-school snack for the kids, I’m here to help.
This week I suddenly got the urge to find a delicious, sugar-free banana oatmeal cookies recipe. Yes, I get very specific cravings sometimes. So I turned to my favorite place to find the best variety of recipes (as well as a gazillion other things) – Pinterest.
Now you may ask yourself Why? Sugar is natural and can be healthy in moderation. Yes, of course. But I wanted to find a delicious guilt-free cookie recipe to feed my kids, so when they have that enormous cupcake with blue sprinkle frosting at a birthday party, I won’t feel so bad.
It never hurts to find yummy treats without the sugar to satisfy those sweet-tooth cravings. Especially for children with ADHD. According to ADDitude Magazine:
A study conducted by the University of South Carolina concluded that the more sugar hyperactive children consumed, the more destructive and restless they became. A study conducted at Yale University indicates that high-sugar diets may increase inattention in some ADHD kids.
And my stance is that if my kids love sugar-free treats without realizing that they’re actually healthy, then I am winning at this parenting thing. Well, until they start to fight over the iPad.
Sugar-Free Banana Oatmeal Cookie Recipe
This recipe came from All Parenting:
- 2-1/2 cups rolled oats
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 cup applesauce
- 3/4 cup golden raisins
- 2-1/4 cups sliced bananas, lightly packed
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- In a large bowl, combine rolled oats, salt and cinnamon.
- Coat with oil and set aside.
- Fork-mash the bananas and mix with raisins.
- Add the banana-raisin mixture to the oats mixture and combine well.
- Drop dough onto ungreased cookie sheets and bake eight to 12 minutes.
And if you’d like more information on how food can affect your child’s behavior, check out my webinar “The Food Connection to Your Child’s Behavior“.
What are your favorite sugar-free recipes?
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