Healthy peanut butter cookies are a delicious and healthy snack for babies and toddlers. Made with just 5 ingredients, and packed with nutrients, these soft peanut butter cookies are perfect for little hands and growing palates. They provide a safe and nutritious finger food option, allowing your baby to explore new flavors and textures. Plus, they are gluten-free, making them a great option for baby led weaning.
Serve these healthy peanut butter cookies for breakfast or a mid-day snack and watch your little cookie lover delight in every bite!
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Soft and Safe Peanut Butter Cookies for Babies:
As your little one grows, introducing new flavors and textures becomes an exciting part of their journey. These soft and wholesome peanut butter cookies were crafted specifically for babies and toddlers with their delicate needs in mind. When making these peanut butter cookies for babies, it’s essential to ensure they are soft and safe to eat. Our recipe focuses on wholesome ingredients that provide nutrition while considering allergenic concerns. These cookies are an ideal finger food option for introducing peanuts to your baby’s diet.
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Why Choose Our Peanut Butter Cookies for Babies
- Nutrient-dense Ingredients: This recipe focuses on simple wholesome ingredients like oats, real peanut butter and banana.
- Soft and Easy to Chew: Because babies are still developing their chewing skills, we designed these peanut butter cookies to be soft and easy to bite into.
- Easy to make: This recipe requires only 4 minutes and 15-20 minutes to make.
How to Make Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies for Babies
Peanut butter cookies are a classic treat that are loved by people of all ages. This recipe only requires 4 ingredients and 15 minutes to make. Here’s how to make them:
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
- In a medium bowl, combine creamy peanut butter, banana, almond or oat flour, maple syrup and cinnamon. Mix until well combined.
- Using a spoon or a cookie scoop, roll the dough into 1 tablespoon balls.
- Place each ball onto the baking sheet and gently flatten with a fork or your hands to create ridges.
- Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until the cookies are golden brown and set. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely before serving to your baby.
- Store any leftovers in an airtight container for up to three days.
HERE IS HOW TO MAKE OAT FLOUR AT HOME: RECIPE HERE
I understand the importance of being cautious about allergenic foods. Before introducing peanut butter your baby, make sure to consult with your pediatrician. If your baby has been given the green light, then this recipe is a safe and delicious way to introduce peanut butter to their diet.
Pro Tips for Making These Peanut Butter Cookies for Your Baby
- Maintain Supervision: Always supervise your baby while they enjoy these cookies and ensure they are seated upright to minimize the risk of choking.
- Allergen Awareness: Before introducing peanut butter or any potential allergenic foods to your make, consult your pediatrician. Start with small amounts and observe any adverse reactions.
- Choose the Right Peanut Butter: Always opt for natural peanut butter without added sugar, salt, or hydrogenated oil. Avoid peanut butter with added sweeteners or artificial additives.
Remember, homemade cookies should be given as an occasional treat and not as a substitute for balanced meals. Enjoy watching your little one explore new flavors and textures with these healthy peanut butter cookies!
Frequently Asked Questions
What age is suitable to introduce peanut butter to cookies?
Most pediatricians recommend introducing peanut products to babies around 6 to 12 months. Always consult with your pediatrician before introducing potential allergenic foods.
Can I use any type of peanut butter for baby’s cookies?
Opt for natural peanut butter without added sugar, salt, hydrogenated oils and artificial additives.
Can I use other types of nut butter instead of peanut butter?
You can explore other nut butters like almond butter or cashew butter.
Are there any alternatives to sugar in peanut butter cookies for babies?
Instead of refined sugars, you can use natural sweeteners like ripe banana, apple sauce, plantains, or sweet potato. Avoid using honey until your baby is at least one year old.
Can I add other ingredients like grains and vegetables to peanut butter cookies for added nutrition?
Yes! You can incorporate nutritious ingredients like finely grated carrots, mashed sweet potato, pureed fruits, chia seeds or flaxseed.
Can I make oat flour at home?
Yes! I have an incredibly detailed post on how to make oat flour at home.
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Peanut Butter Cookies for Babies
- 1 cup Almond flour or oat flour
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 cup creamy natural peanut butter
- 1/4 cup maple syrup depending on sweetness preference. Alternatively, try 1 mashed banana.
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- If you don't have almond flour you can make oat flour by blending rolled oats in a food processor until it reaches a fine, flour-like consistency.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the almond, peanut butter, mashed banana, vanilla extract and cinnamon. If desired, add honey or maple syrup to sweeten the dough. Adjust the sweetness according to your baby's preference. Stir until you have a cohesive cookie dough.
- Stir until you have a cohesive cookie dough. If the dough is too sticky, sprinkle a little more flour. If its too dry add more mashed banana.
- Scoop small portions of the dough and shape them into small cookies. Place the cookies on the prepared baking sheet with some space between each. Gently flatten with a fork to create ridges. The dough might be sticky so dip the fork in water when making the ridges.
- Bake in the preheated oven for about 10-12 minutes, or until the edges are lightly golden. Keep an eye on them to prevent over-baking. They might be soft at first, but they will evenly firm up.
- Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Once cooled, serve these delicious and baby-friendly peanut butter cookies to your little one. Remember to supervise them while eating to ensure safe consumption.