These sweet potato cookies are absolutely perfect for babies and toddlers. They have a soft texture making them brilliant for baby led weaning.
Easy to make, tasty and sweetened with fruit you can't go wrong with these sweet potato cookies for your little one.
The sweetness in these sweet potato cookies comes from the sweet potato itself, banana and a little cinnamon, and this is all they need.
I use chia seeds in this recipe as they add a few extra nutrients and act as a binder, chia seeds are a brilliant egg replacer in most recipes, they should be readily available at your supermarket or grocery store.
These cookies are largely based on oats, but they do contain a little wheat flour too. I have actually done this on purpose. As research is showing that early introduction of the common allergen foods might actually reduce the risk of developing an allergy.
You can read more on introducing your child to common allergy foods in my article starting solids the food allergy foods.
I use the oats as the main grain as they are so nutritious and then a little wheat flour as it makes the texture that little bit softer and less crumbly. If your child is allergic to wheat or requires a gluten-free diet then this wheat flour can be substituted for a gluten-free flour such as rice flour.
In this recipe, I use quick cook oats as they are just that little bit easier for little ones to manage due to their softer texture in baking.
Quick cook oats are just whole grain oats that have been chopped a little finer, they should not contain any flavourings or sweeteners. If you don't have any, you can just give your traditional rolled oats a quick blitz in the food processor to make them a little finer.
- 250g sweet potato (cooked)
- 100g banana
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 2 tablespoon water
- 1 cup oats
- ¼ cup plain flour
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- If your sweet potato is not cooked then start by peeling it, and cutting into chunks, pop into a pot with water and cook/boil until the sweet potato is soft. Drain, then leave to sit in the warm pot for a minute or two, this allows a little extra water to evaporate
- While the sweet potato cooks, pop the chia seeds into the water and leave to stand for 10-15 minutes (they should begin to gel in this time)
- Add the banana to the sweet potato (I do this in the pot I cooked the sweet potato to cut down on dishes)
- Mash the banana and sweet potato together
- Stir through the soaked chia seeds
- Add the oats, flour, and cinnamon, mix well. This should form a cookie dough with a texture a little like playdough
- Use a tablespoon to scoop the mixture, then roll into balls. I find damp hands is a good idea with this mix, (I get 20 tablespoons from this recipe), place the balls on a lined baking tray
- Wet a fork, and give each ball a light squish with the fork
- Bake at 180 degrees celsius (approx 360 F) for 20-25 mins, allow to cool
- The cookies should have a soft texture
- Store in an airtight container for 2-3 days, or freeze and thaw as needed
- I use orange sweet potato for this recipe, the red-skinned kumara (New Zealand) can be a little too starchy for this recipe
- I use quick cook oats in this recipe as they produce a softer cookie for little ones
- If your child requires a wheat free flour, rice flour will work well in this recipe
Nutrition Information:Yield: 20 Serving Size: 1 cookie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 39Total Fat: 0.2gSaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 7.2mgCarbohydrates: 7.8gFiber: 1.2gSugar: 1.1gProtein: 1g