This week Sprouts has oats on sale in their bulk section for $0.50/pound! That includes steel cut, rolled, and quick varieties. Do you know how much an 18 oz. container of plain Old Fashioned Quaker Oats costs at Walmart? $2.68! Same stuff, but more than 4 times more expensive than if you buy it at Sprouts.
One of my family’s favorite snacks is made with rolled oats. The glorious “Banana Cookie” is made of ripe bananas and rolled oats. That’s it! Ok, so if you want to get fancy, you can add raisins or other dried fruit. My kids like mini chocolate chips, but you could use dark chocolate or semi-sweet to reduce the sugar. As a special treat, this time we added M&Ms.
This recipe is easy enough a preschooler can assist you. My son likes to make them “all by myself!”
Spread some natural peanut butter on them, and you have a tri-fecta of goodness: banana, chocolate, and peanut butter (not to mention some added protein). These are perfect for breakfast too!
2 ripe bananas
1 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup chocolate chips or dried fruit (optional)
In a bowl, mash bananas. Add oats and stir together. You may need to add a little more oats if your bananas are large. The mix should be thick enough to drop by spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet lined with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes.