The weekend was really nice. Really laid back. Snuggly and warm. One of my favorite things about each weekend is that Juliet and I usually nap together. She is such a little cuddler, she’ll cuddle up super close and we’ll nap together with her head nuzzled under my chin. Weekends go fast and I need to soak up every second I have with her, the naps help me do that and it’s the best thing ever.

After our nap on Saturday afternoon I was feeling a little cooped up in the house. But it was raining and cold outside so getting out and about wasn’t really an option. So we baked cookies instead. I was super wary of trying another baking session with Juliet because the last time I attempted to bake with her she opted for sitting on the floor banging on pots and pans.

But this time? Totally different. 

It’s only been a couple of months but wow what a difference. Juliet stood up on a chair next to the counter (I know, not the safest but she was fine, I hope to purchase this kitchen stand for kids at some point but it’s pretty spendy we’ll see) and stirred, poured ingredients, stole chocolate chips. She loved every second of baking with me. We both had a lot of fun.

These cookies are healthy. They have no oil or sugar. Ok so the chocolate chips aren’t the healthiest but they add sweetness to the cookies so they taste like a treat. I love these cookies with my morning coffee (they have oatmeal in them so it counts as breakfast right?).

Juliet liked these cookies but didn’t love them. I suspect she is getting too used to regular cookies (with lots of sugar and sprinkles) that she gets at daycare as treats. These pumpkin oatmeal cookies used to be her favorite so I thought these chocolate chip and peanut butter oatmeal cookies would be an even bigger hit. So far they are not her favorite so I’ve been eating most of them myself.

Chocolate chip and peanut butter oatmeal cookies (recipe via The Skinny Fork blog)

2 Ripe bananas, mashed
1/3 cup peanut butter (I used natural and/or organic peanut butter)
2/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
Dash of ground cloves
Dash of ground nutmeg
1 1/2 cup Old Fashioned Oats
1/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Mix together the bananas, peanut butter, applesauce, vanilla, and spices.  Add in the oats, nuts, chocolate chips; stir until well combined.
Spoon a rounded 2 tbsp. of the cookie mixture onto the lined baking sheet, leaving an inch or two between each and flatten slightly. Bake for 20 minutes and allow to cool slightly.