Saturday, February 4, 2012

Yummy and healthy snack for kids

Chia Banana Raisin Cookies
The original recipe called for dates. I did not have dates so I used raisins. I also added a handful of chocolate. These healthy, but delicious cookies are a great source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids.

4 Tablespoons of white chia seeds ( I used black chia seeds)
4 Tablespoons of plain flour
Half a small ripe banana
2 tablespoons of chopped dates or raisins
2 Tablespoons of rolled oats
1 large egg
2 tablespoons of honey
1 and a half teaspoons of baking powder
1 Tablespoon of water

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grind the seeds and the flour together. This makes the seeds grind easier and aerates the flour. I ground the seeds and the flour in my Cuisinart. Put this mixture into a bowl and add the rolled oats. Stir the dry mixture together. Blend together the banana, egg, dates or raisins, honey, baking powder and water. Add a handful of chocolate chips if desired.
Add this to the dry ingredients in the bowl. Mix together. The consistency should be similar to a cake batter but not as runny as a pancake mix.
Drop dessert spoons of the mixture on to an oiled tray. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until lightly browned.

Chia seeds can also be added to eggs, smoothies, baked goods, sauces, oatmeal, granola or yogurt.

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