When my first child was just starting solids, I was excited that she enjoyed everything I placed in front of her. She was a great eater. WAS is the operative word. Now I’m lucky if I can get 3 food groups in her a day. My middle daughter is a little easier to feed, and my little guy, well. He’s not an eater at all. So you can say I have three picky-ish kids who don’t all like the same foods and are driving their mama batty each day as she tries to figure out what to feed them. Child #2 and 3 like oatmeal and quinoa, but child #1 will only eat oatmeal cookies. So, I decided to make a better-for-you type of cookie that is kid AND adult approved, doesn’t have too much sugar, and can double as a granola bar for breakfast or snack. I made 3 different types of oatmeal-quinoa cookies to cater to each of my kids. My oldest wanted oatmeal-quinoa raisin, my middle was excited about oatmeal-quinoa chocolate and coconut, and my little guy- well, we have to keep it plain for him, so there were no mix-ins in his cookie. Instead, I decided to make him little teething cookies he actually enjoyed. Instead of the oval-shaped cookies I made for the girls, I made his longer and thinner so he can easily grasp them.
The star of the show is McCann’s Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal®. I remember a coworker years ago swore by McCann’s Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal, so I was excited to try it out. What impressed me the most is that McCann’s Irish Oatmeal has earned its Non-GMO Certification from the Non-GMO Project for three of their popular products: McCann’s Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal in the 28 oz. Tin, McCann’s Quick & Easy Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal in the 24 oz. Canister and McCann’s Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal Quick Cooking Rolled Oats in the 16 oz. Box. We aim for Non-GMO products as much as we can, so this was a good fit for our lifestyle choices. McCann’s Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal is minimally processed and made from 100 percent whole grain Irish oats with nothing artificial.
I let my girls help me in the kitchen because I truly believe they will try anything they help make. Even if they see some questionable ingredients go in. Here’s what you need to make our tasty Oatmeal-Quinoa Cookies:
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup McCann’s Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal
1 cup cooked and cooled quinoa
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup applesauce
1 cup of your favorite mix ins (I separated my mixture and added a handful of each mixin for each type of cookie)
Mix all your dry ingredients together- flour, oatmeal, baking soda, baking powder, and sugar. In a separate bowl, mix lightly beaten eggs, vanilla extract and applesauce. Combine dry ingredients with wet, and add quinoa. Mix gently until all your ingredients are combined. Add mix-ins and stir gently.
On a parchment or silicone-lined cookie sheet, spoon out 1 tbsp of your cookie mixture with about 1/2 inch space between each one. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes and quickly transfer to a cooling rack.
I was eager to see the result. Of course, my six-nager says, “I can SMELL the quinoa, these will be gross.” But after she saw her younger sister happily scarfing down her cookies, she gave them a shot and was thoroughly impressed. My little guy even liked his! It’s a win-win for everyone, including MOM who got some yummy, low sugar, all natural, snacks in her kid’s bellies.
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