Super Fast & Easy Oatmeal Cookies

These cookies are so addicting, and they really couldn’t be easier. They’re toddler friendly (what cookie isn’t?!), and not sooo terrible for them either. My Cizzle loves them so much she insists on helping make them, including licking the mixing utensils.

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
3 packets lower sugar instant oatmeal any flavor (maple brown sugar is our fav), or 1 1/2 cups quick oats plus an extra 1/4 cup sugar

Cream the butter and sugars in a large mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Add the egg and beat well, then add in the vanilla.

Combine the flour, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon in a small bowl and slowly incorporate into the creamed butter sugar mixture. Fold in the oats, and any other mix ins you like (cranberries and white chocolate chips are yummy!!). Then cover the dough and chill for about twenty to thirty minutes.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees, line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, then roll out 1 inch balls of the dough and place about two inches apart. Bake 8-10 minutes and cool completely before scarfing!

Note: if you want a little bit more of a healthy cookie for your little one, you can certainly substitute 1/2 cup of applesauce for 1/4 cup of the butter and 1/4 cup of the sugar. The babes will never know the difference!! Trust me, mine doesn’t!!!

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Yeast-Free Bread (update includes GF recipe too!)

Diaper rash is an ugly thing, especially when your little one is so sensitive to anything itchy and uncomfortable (what a way to start a recipe, right?! Sorry!). Unfortunately it is also one of the most common things parents will have to deal with on a daily basis.

Now, my C’s doctors have told me over and over again that it has nothing to do with what she eats, and everything to do with how often her diaper is being changed, and her environment (well actually the environment of her diaper!). I BEG TO DIFFER!

We’ve been prescribed antibiotic cream, tried Desitin, A&D, Aquaphor, baby powder, switched to ultra sensitive wipes, and even different diapers, you name it. But the only thing I’ve found that really truly helps, is cutting out yeast from her diet.

This proved to be quite troublesome when we stopped feeding her sandwich bread, since right now all she wants to eat is peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and grilled cheeses (*sigh*). Anywho… Here’s my answer to the “diaper rash, no yeast but Cizzle wants bread” dilemma. Hope you like it!

Yeast-Free Bread

2/3 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup all purpose flour
1/3 cup pancake mix
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg, beaten
1/3 cup applesauce
2/3 cup milk (or soy milk!)
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons black strap molasses

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, then spray or grease, and flour the bottom of a loaf pan. Set aside.

In a large bowl combine the dry ingredients, wisk and set aside. (Note: if you don’t have pancake mix, just use an extra 1/3 cup of flour with a little extra baking powder, about 1/4 teaspoon. I actually ran out of flour when I made this the first time and used the pancake mix for the rest, but it turned out great! So why change a good thing?)

In a small bowl, combine wet ingredients, and slowly incorporate into the dry, trying not to over mix. The dough should be a bit sticky and be able to form into a loaf, but not too wet. If it’s one way or the other, add more flour or milk until it comes together.

Drop the dough into the prepared loaf pan, and spread into the corners (I used a greased non-stick spatula to get it down in there). Bake at 350 for 40-50 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out dry and the top of the loaf is golden brown.

This bread needs to be cooled well before slicing, but it is fabulous warm! It toasts well, makes great French toast, and is lovely for sandwiches.

Update: it’s been well over two years since I’ve read this one, and our eating habits have certainly changed, especially with the Jackson boy addition to the Cizzlepie crowd. We are now trying with all our might to be gluten free (mainly due to my newly found sensitivity), and dairy free since my “lactardation” seems to be ever present since the arrival of our booming baby boy in April of 2012… Yes he’s almost two. Wow.

So to suit this yeast free bread to our new, or your, dietary needs, just omit the pancake mix, as well as the two flours, and replace with two cups of gluten free flour mix, along with 1/2 tsp of xanthan gum, and of course replace the milk with your favorite milk substitute. And voilĂ ! GF, DF, YF bread!!

Picky Pancakes

During this wonderful pre-toddler stage my Cizzle is in, she is learning to be a diva, a spy, a professional at playtime, a rock (aka couch) climber, and an eyelash battingly sweetly defiant monster amongst many other things. But she is also learning to be a picky eater, mostly due to the fact that she’s been cutting all of her molars at the same time, otherwise she would normally eat anything I put in front of her. So I have really had to be quite creative lately with her meals.

This is a little recipe I came up with during one of my frantic mornings telling her “…you can’t just eat applesauce and crackers ALL day! I have to get something somewhat healthy and nutritious into you little diva!”. And after trying just about every piece of fruit, whole grain cereal, and organic yogurt in my arsenal, I figured pancakes would never be turned down.

1 cup pancake mix
1/3 cup whole wheat flour
3 tbsp baby oatmeal cereal
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
About ten frozen and thawed or fresh blueberries

Smash the blueberries with back of fork in a small bowl, add the oatmeal cereal and applesauce, mix well and set aside.

Mix the whole wheat flour with the pancake mix, then add water until desired pancake consistency (if you don’t have whole wheat flour, just use pancake mix as normal. This just makes me feel a little bit better about making her pancakes).

Pour pancake mix into a preheated pan in small silver dollar size drops, spoon some of the “filling” on top, then add a little more pancake mix on top of that, just so the filling is covered. Cook as usual, and cool well before serving to your little toddler (or big kid, or you!), as the middle will be quite warm. Yum!

I’ll add pictures of the actual pancakes once I get the hang of this blogging thing, but in the meantime, here is my CizzlePie’s debut.

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