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Share Cooking with children: chocolate, banana and oat cookies

Caro Ferrer @@ CocinadCarolina

The recipe for chocolate cookies is already a classic among pastry recipes. It was invented in 1930 (it is not known whether it was by chance or intentionally) when Ruth Wakefield added some chocolate chips to her usual cookie dough and proved to be a hit among the customers of her little hotel in Boston "Toll House".

Currently, there are as many variants of the chocolate cookie recipe as there are families in the USA. (It's a saying, of course). In we want you to enjoy free time with your children, today I will leave you a variant to prepare with them. In addition, this recipe contains two ingredients that do not carry the traditional chocolate cookies: ingredients that contain a pump of beneficial properties for their food: oats and bananas .

Properties of banana

As you all know, fruit is an indispensable food for everyone. The banana in particular is the fruit par excellence for children, it is a very energetic fruit (90 kcal per 100 g) and rich in proteins. One little thing that you should know is that the more ripe the banana, the richer in vitamin C, the simple sugars and starch will be. It has a lot of postasium, iron, copper, calcium, magnesium and vitamin B.

Properties of oats

Oatmeal is a food that we should all consume daily (I recommend you read this interview with Miquel Pros in La Contra de La Vanguardia). It is a cereal very rich in fiber, whose action on the regulation of transit is well known, and also has a favorable effect on the regulation of cholesterol and blood glucose. It is rich in proteins and in mono and polyunsaturated fats (the famous "good fats"). Let's add that it is full of iron, phosphorus, magnesium and vitamin B.

Cookies recipe of chocolate chips with banana and oats

And now, let's go with what we all like: cooking with children. Making cookies is one of the easiest recipes for cooking with children, as it practically does not involve any dangerous procedure (except when baking, which must always be supervised by an adult).

One thing that you should take very much into account when cooking with children is to have all the ingredients ready, already heavy. Especially if they are smaller. My two-year-old son gets impatient between step by step and sometimes, if I go to look for some ingredient, I found the mixture with the whole cinnamon pot ...

Ingredients (for 50 cookies)

  • 180 g of softened butter (take it out at least 2 hours before the fridge)
  • 175 g (1 cup) of brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 225 g (1 1/2 cups) of white flour (sieved)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda (sifted)
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon (sifted)
  • 1 cup of mashed banana with a fork (2 medium bananas)
  • 190 g (1 cup) of chocolate chips
  • 180 g (2 cups) of oat flakes


  1. We preheat the oven to 180ºC (350ºF).
  2. We put butter and sugar in a large bowl and mix it (we can use rods or an automatic mixer), if you use rods, depending on the age of your child, you can let them hold them. We mix for about 5 minutes.
  3. Now we continue mixing with a wooden spoon and add the egg, beating until well blended.
  4. Add the flour together with the baking soda (already sifted), cinnamon and banana and continue mixing.
  5. We add chocolate chips and oats, mix well. You will have a thick paste.
  6. We put vegetable paper in a baking tray. We make balls with the dough (using the measure of a full spoonful). We are putting the dough balls in the baking tray and the chafamos a little to flatten them. You should be careful to leave enough space between cookies because in the oven they widen and could touch each other.
  7. Bake for about 12-14 minutes until lightly browned.

To preserve them better, it is recommended to leave them in the refrigerator for at least 2 days. You can prepare the dough and bake it the next day (keeping it in the fridge). You can also freeze the dough.

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