now that i am working as a nurse (!!!) i have the opportunity to work 3 12-hour shifts per week. 12 hours that mysteriously turn to 14 every time. having 4 days off a week has challenged me to find more ways to fill my time meaningfully. what a struggle, amiright?
of course, my first priority on my newfound free time wish list has been spending time with my babe. what a difference it is to trade long class days and late nights of studying, to having a majority of my time free to spend with my little boy! i've been scouring pinterest for mom'ing activities to try, and when i saw these baby cookies, i thought they sounded like the perfect mix of both simple and extra. i mean, who really spends their precious time whipping up mostly flavorless blobs to give their baby a pretend experience? but all this free time wasn't going to fill itself, and it felt like the perfect kind of extravagant to make me feel like a real mom'ing mom. plus, these cookies are perfect for my slobbery, teething, but still toothless, guy. so, i set out to make these treats, creating a labor of love that would quickly be thrown to the dog when my back was turned. at least he sure seemed to enjoy them. the dog, i mean. not aidric. still, the most thrilling part of it all was seeing just how big of a mess these made, with their whopping 6 ingredients. it was truly impressive. my blissful thought of why do i not bake anymore?! this is fantastically fun!! was stopped in its tracks as i finished whipping these up, looked up, and witnessed the carnage. yep, that's why. also: one final mom-win, in case you haven't yet been sold on why you, too, should rush to make these: the immersion blender i used to puree the batter scared aidric so bad, he sat at my feet shrieking, clawing at my legs, begging me to hold him and comfort him. so there's that.
sugar-free, baby-friendly, oatmeal banana cookies
*disclosure: i do not measure so much as eyeball and hurl when i am in the kitchen. be it laziness or thrill-seeking, who knows. but our cookies turned out fine (at least i think they did, as much as i imagine any pureed mush would), so below are my approximations.
+ 1 banana
+ 1 cup oats
+ 1/4 cup flour
+ 1/4 cup milk (we used almond and it worked, not because i am cleaner-eating-than-thou, but because it was on sale)
+ 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
+ 3 tablespoons butter
preheat oven to 330. melt your butter, mash your banana. mix all ingredients, and puree. spoon your cookies onto a greased baking sheet, and bake for 20 minutes. now is the time to begrudgingly wash your dishes while grumbling to yourself about how you will never do this again-knowing full well you will do this again. staging corny, largely misleading photos of your baby "enjoying" (biding their time until they can feed the dog when you're least expecting) their cookies is optional. throwing away the majority of your leftovers a week later when you've noticed they've grown mold, is not.
motherhood. it's something special, isn't it?