RECIPE: 6am Toddler Cookies

In her new book Tasty. Naughty. Healthy. Nice., Susan Jane White has a knack for turning your pesky sugar cravings into a nutritional slam dunk. And that's not only for adults— she can alchemize recipes that are so darn good, that even kids won’t crave trashy confectionery anymore.

If you think that's hard to believe, you'll be even more surprised to know that in this recipe, she  has come up with a way to entertain them when they wake up in the early morning hours! Here's her simple but scrumptious recipe for 6AM Toddler Cookies.

6AM Toddler Cookies

Ever up at 6am with your teeny tots? These cookies will keep them quietly active while nourishing their little motors. There's hardly any mess—notice there's no flour or eggs.

Ingredients:
1 medium apple
1 cup porridge oats (not jumbo)
1/2 cup sultanas or raisins
1/2 cup mashed banana
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Makes 16 cookies

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.

Grate the apple into a large mixing bowl. If you're crafty enough to do this without getting your knuckles involved, high five your toddler. Toss through the remaining ingredients, coating everything really well with the mashed banana. Make approximately 16 cookies by taking a tablespoon of the dough and flattening it between your hands, just like Play-Doh.

Place on the lined baking tray and bake for 12 minutes, or a little longer if the cookies are a bit bigger. No need to cook on a wire rack, let them find your breakfast table immediately. Minor caveat: scoff them all on the same day as they tend to misbehave after 24 hours.