Banana Cookies - YUM!

Just made the BEST (and healthy!) cookies!  They are vegan and sugar free so suitable for the munchkin too.  Quite a bit easier than the other cookies I've made for Silver as well.

I found the recipe on allrecipes.com and adapted it based on people's suggestions:

Healthy Banana Cookies

3 ripe bananas
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup dates, pitted and chopped
1/3 cup applesauce
1/4 finely shredded coconut
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Sprinkle of cinnamon


Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
In a large bowl, mash the bananas.
Stir in oats, dates, applesauce, coconut, vanilla, and cinnamon.
Mix well, and allow to sit for 15 minutes.
Drop by tablespoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet.
Bake for 15 minutes in the preheated oven, or until lightly brown.

This was my first time cooking with dates.  I figured it would be easiest to chop them up in the food processor - and it was!  However, I kept chopping and chopping them until they coagulated together and looked very much like a Larabar.  So... don't over do it with the food processor.  :)  It made it more difficult to stir it all together.

They look granola-y but are really pretty soft.  Perfect for Silver who just has her six teeth in the front.


Carrot and Bean Cakes

These reminded me a lot of the Oatmeal and Bean Waffles but were WAY easier for me to make.  Will be doing them again soon.

Found the recipe on Homemade-Baby-Food-Recipes.com

Carrot and Bean Cakes

4 oz (1/2 cup) cooked, mashed carrot
8 oz (1 cup) cannellini beans (or other white beans), mashed well
1 garlic clove, crushed
4 tbsp flour
olive oil

Mix the carrot puree with the mashed beans, garlic and flour.
Form the mixture into little patties with your hands - if the mixture is too moist, add a little more flour.
Heat a little olive oil in a frying pan/skillet.
Fry the patties for 3 to 4 minutes on each side, until golden.
Serve with applesauce for dipping!

These were great and Silver loved them!  I omitted the garlic b/c I thought it might be too much flavor, although next time I think I'll do it b/c there wasn't a lot of flavor to them.

Also, I used spelt flour and think it turned out okay.  These cooked up a lot differently than the Oatmeal and Bean Waffles - much less hearty.  Probably easier for Silver to eat too.  I tried some in the waffle maker but think they did better as pancakes.


Hip Mountain Mama Sisterhood

While I like to consider myself to be a hip mama, :)  come to find out, there is actually an a-mazing company out there called Hip Mountain Mamaand I have been given the most awesome opportunity to review some products for them! 

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The owner, Suzie, was looking for some mamas with a commitment to the Earth who were interested in sharing their experiences with her products.  

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