So these cookies barely warrant a blog post they are so simple – really, so easy and also versatile.

The children had some friends over to play today and they made these by themselves, though I had to literally hold my hands behind my back to stop myself interfering (nearly impossible). I showed them the base ingredients then gave them a mix of things they could choose to add.

So many snacks for children and adults alike are absolutely stuffed with sugar and saturated fat, colouring, artificial flavourings and leave you feeling a tiny bit sick. These on the other hand are only 2 ingredients – bananas and oats and are fantastic for energy boosting. If you also add some nuts or seeds they also pack a protein punch to keep everyone going for a while.

Oats are so brilliant because they are complex carbohydrates which slowly release energy, keeping blood sugar levels low and steady. They are also a great source of beta glucans, a type of soluble fibre, which forms a thick gel that binds excess cholesterol preventing it from being absorbed into the body.

Ingredients: makes about 10 cookies 

2 large ripe bananas

2 cups porridge oats 

as many extras as you fancy, such as…

cashew nuts, cacao nibs, pumpkin & sunflower seeds, prunes, dried apricots, apple, linseed, cinnamon, vanilla extract, dark chocolate chips, sultanas, poppy seeds, cacao powder for a chocolate variety.

Cookie additions

Mash the banana, add the oats and any extras you fancy. Place dollops of the mixture on a baking tray lined with grease proof paper and bake at 180 C for 10-15 minutes until they are turning golden.

making cookies

Great as a quick breakfast if you have a batch made and delicious with a dollop of coconut yogurt and some fresh fruit!