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Toddler Recipe: Banana Bites

When browsing the baby food aisle, I notice most of your “baby first foods” are quite healthy!  Most only have a fruit or vegetable with a little water.  However, when you move up into the toddler food and snack food, that is when the ingredient lists get long, and scary.  It’s easy to make your own quick, on the go, finger food for toddlers!  And this recipe was one of my kids favorites growing up!  Once kids have a few teeth we started making these cookies for them (usually around 16 months old)

Toddler Recipe: Banana Bites. Healthy finger food, for toddlers!

A quick comparison.  On the right, we have store bought banana cookies.  On the left, we have our homemade version!  We love ours because our cookies are made from just a few ingredients, and nothing we can’t pronounce!
Toddler Recipe: Banana Bites. Healthy finger food, for toddlers!

Toddler Recipe: Banana Bites. Healthy finger food, for toddlers!Feeding toddlers can be tricky!  They are developing their tastes for foods. You can try a variety of delicious toddler recipes, and one day they’ll love it, and the next day, they want nothing to do with it!
Toddler Recipe: Banana Bites. Healthy finger food, for toddlers!Toddlers want to explore the textures & tastes of new food. They eat for hunger, but also for experiences.  As parents, we can provide a variety of tastes, textures, and flavors, by giving them a variety of foods.
Toddler Recipe: Banana Bites. Healthy finger food, for toddlers!Some tips for feeding your toddlers:

  • Provide nutritious snacks, whole foods, and recipes made from whole foods.
  • They like to be independent!   Give them a choice between two foods you want them to eat.  You wouldn’t offer them a cheese chip or an apple. They’ll likely choose the food with the highest fat, salt, and sugar.  But you can give them a choice between applesauce and soft carrots for example.
  • Make it easy to eat.  When toddlers can hold and feed the food to themselves, they are learning important skills. These cookies are great for that!
Toddler Recipe: Banana Bites. Healthy finger food, for toddlers!

My kids like these cookies. For older kids, don’t call them cookies. They aren’t sweet like cookies, so they might be disappointed.

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Toddler Recipe: Banana Bites

Toddler Recipe: Banana Bites
Serves: 4


  • 1 medium – banana
  • 1/3 cup – peanut butter, all-natural
  • 1/3 cup – apple juice
  • 1 large – egg
  • 1/2 tsp – vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup – flour, whole wheat
  • 1 1/3 cup – oats, dry
  • 1 teaspoon – baking soda


Mix first five ingredients very well. Then add: whole wheat flour, oats, and baking soda. Blend all ingredients into the dry.  Drop by teaspoon full onto cookie sheet. Flatten and shape with the back of a spoon.  Bake in 350 degree oven for 10 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

  • Nutrition per serving % daily value
  • Calories: 360 18%
  • Fat: 14 g 22%
  • Carb: 46 g 15%
  • Fiber: 7 g 28%
  • Protein: 13 g 26%
  • Sugar: 8 g
written by
Amy Roskelley

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Becky Roman says:

I have a breakfast cookie recipe for my vitamix that we ALL like… even I like it with my coffee in the morning! It is 2 bananas, 1 apple, 2 cups of rolled (gluten free) oats. Mix it in the vita mix, and then fold in raisins and my kids like coconut. Then bake like cookies for 20 min… 🙂 SUPER healthy and very tasty!

Amy says:

Wow ! That is super easy, and I love the limited number of ingredients. Thanks for sharing!

Catherine says:

Can these be stored in the freezer?

apefaceruffner says:

Yummy- I will have to try this for my baby! Thanks- Love, April

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Made these yesterday! What a delicious snack! My daughter AND my hubby loved them! 🙂 Thanks – have featured you on my blog today… hopefully more people can find your fabulous recipes!

Sian says:

thank-you all the way from New Zealand for this recipe – my fussy-spitter-outer 18 month old actually ate the whole thing then reached for more. I love healthy cookies like this as I can sneak a few cals in here and there without reaching for unhealthy snacks. I used baby cereal instead of oats and water instead of fruit juice, as well as a little less sugar, and they were still a major success. baking and freezing another batch a.s.a.p. Thanks!

Amy says:

Thanks for the feedback!! I’m so glad your little one liked them!

Lesley says:

OMG!! These are amazing!! My 8 month old loves them!! They are soft and divine. I dont know if I already posted about these!! Sorry if a repeat! My toddler will love them, when she gets back from Kindy! Really amazing recipe. I used mango juice instead of apple juice as I didn’t have any. Beautiful cookies. Soft enough for baby, tasty. YUM. Would recommend these 100%!!!

Lesley says:

I tried these substituting the peanut butter which I LOVE but had run out of, with Nutino chocolate spread and they were divine! So maybe not quite as healthy but a cheeky alternative! :o)

Laura says:

Love this recipe. Just made these, I will see what my 1 year old thinks tomorrow, and I added some chocolate chips for my 3 year old to have as a special treat 🙂

Amy says:

I hope your 3 year old liked it!! I loved them 😉

Lesley Johnson says:

Laura, that’s funny because I ran out of peanut butter one time and used nutino!! My daughter loved it! :o)

kayla says:

are they soft

kayla says:

are they soft

Zoe says:

Hi from Toronto, Canada.

These were pretty good! Used 2 heaping tbsps of brown sugar; seemed to be the right amount. Also, had to assume that WHOLE OATS could be used (rather than quick oats). They turned out!

Was hopeful that my hubby would like them, too, since another comment included that her husband did.

However, he found them to be “dry”.

My 2 year old was o.k. with them. She took to the idea of having a cookie for breakfast.

I… have been enjoying a rather guilt-free fix. I stored the cookies in an airtight container, and am happy to have access to them… whenever I’d like to have one!

I’m normally not a soft cookie kind of person, but these… were good. We’re expecting again, so I have to eat mindfully. So nice to not have to cut out sweets altogether! Thanks for posting this recipe. 🙂

Amy says:

Thanks for sharing Zoe! Good luck on your new addition!

Nykelle Pollastro says:

My baby is 7 months old… at what age would these cookies be ok for her?

Amy says:

@nykelle- I would wait until your baby has a few teeth and is already eating other solid food like biscuits and such!

Cynthia says:

At what age is this good for? I have a 8 month old daughter(soon to be 9months).

Amy says:

Cynthia- If your baby has a few teeth already and eats other biscuit style food, than she would be fine eating this!

Estelle says:

I tweaked the recipe because I didn’t have apple juice. I added some cinnamon and an extra banana. They came out fantastic! Thank you 🙂

Amy says:

Yum! Thanks for the suggestions Estelle!

Emily says:

These sound delicious. My little man has egg allergies. Any suggestions on how to make them eggless? I was thinking a flax “egg” or applesauce.

Amy says:

Oh poor kid! I would try the applesauce first. They can be cakey and it’s ok.

Lea says:

These are great! I modified it slightly though. I used quinoa baby cereal in place of the oats, and I left out the brown sugar. My 13 month old loves them, and I’ve been know to grab a couple at snack time for myself! Thanks for the great recipe!! I’ll be making these for years to come!

Amy says:

Thanks for sharing your changes Lea! It sounds great!

Maria says:

My daughter turns one year old at the end of November. We are closer to winter, not a good time for bbq in the backyard. I’m thinking of a cool way to celebrate her birthday and, so far, have come up with a Cowgirls and Indians theme. May not stick to that… there’s still time… but I’m totally going to make these banana cookies. Can’t wait to try them. Check out my children’s book, Bananas, on lulu.com. 🙂


Wendi says:

I was wondering the same thing! I’m definitely going to try.

mary says:

my dr had handed out a list of foods that state at what age a baby can have certain foods. It lists the age of 2 next to nuts.. but it seems like so many of you are giving it to them way earlier. Now I’m not sure why he believes 2 is the magic # since so many people offer nut products prior to that age. I’m not asking you to go against a Dr’s belief but just seeing if you were told differently. Any feedback would be great.

Mary- there is a big movement of experts who believe earlier exposure actually minimizes the chance of allergies. It’s a personal choice. Of course, if nut allergies run in your family, I would wait, but if not, the chance of your child having a nut allergy isn’t that big. Always, trust your doctor though 🙂

Jean says:

I had to substitute sunflower butter instead of peanut butter and used regular flour. I was interrupted and had to refrigerate them before baking. The batter was a dark green. Was there some sort of chemical reaction that made it green? And is it safe to continue?

Kelly says:

I realize this comment is old, but figured future post readers may find the answer helpful! Sunflower seeds mixed with baking soda have a chemical reaction that causes them to turn green. Perfectly safe to eat, but can alter the flavor. I’d bet subbing with baking powder would work just fine.

nicole says:

Hi. Are these made with Old Fashion Oats or Quick Oats? Thanks!

Hi Nicole, I’ve used both and the difference is negligible. So, whatever you have on hand!

Kristie says:

Thanks for the great kid friendly, healthy recipes!
I made these bites, but mine were extremely dry. I used orange juice in place of apple juice as I didn’t have any, but I can’t see that causing them to dry out.
Any suggestions? And could I use milk in place of juice as well?

Juliet says:

I used milk as well and the consistency was fine. I used a very ripe banana, though. As in completely brown on the outside, which may have helped.

star says:

How long will last stored in air tight container at roon temperature? Or should store in fridge? And lastly how to make it more moist?

star says:

Hi, how long does it last if i store them in air tight container room temperature? Or do i have to keep in fridge? It seem to be little dry, is there any way to have it more moist? Thank you.

Amy says:

Any suggestions on how to make these gluten free?

Do you have some gluten free flour? It seems to be pretty interchangeable.

pascale says:

My kid refused to eat these and I don’t blame her. I followed the recipe to the letter and they’re dry and not sweet at all. I’m super disappointed because now I have a whole batch just sitting in on my counter. I don’t even think chocolate chips could save them. They do make decent dog treats though!!

Quick question – what could I replace the peanut butter with if there is a possible allergy? Should I just remove that or will it be crucial for the recipe as a binding? Thanks in advance!

I would try sunflower butter Natalie! Let us know how they turn out.

Jessica says:

I was wondering if regular flour could be used? I just got home from the grocery store and I forgot the whole weat flour and I was wanting to try these. Thank you 🙂

Hi Jessica- regular flour can almost always be substituted in our recipes!

Sheryl says:

These are great! Some people mentioned these were dry so to try to avoid that I made a few adjustments: another 1/3 of a banana (make sure it’s really ripe, that’s where you get the sweetness), 1/3 c whole wheat and 1/3 cup regular unbleached flour, only 1 cup oatmeal. I also used milk instead of juice, and folded in 1/2 cup raisins. Some cinnamon would be a nice addition as well as 1-2 tbls of either flax meal or hemp hearts.

Sara says:

I didn’t see this answered anywhere, so sorry if you already said, but do these need to be refridgerated?? Thanks!

No- they are fine in the pantry!

Stella says:

Can you leave out the Wheat flour, or substitute it with Chickpea, Coconut flour etc.

That’s a good questions Stella. I haven’t tried it. But if you do, let me know how they turn out.

Laura says:

I teach a child development class thought this would be a fun treat for my High School kids after completing Toddler Play unit…aprox how many does one recipe make?

Not many! Depending on their size, only 4-5 cookies!

Val says:

What are the ways to store these cookies? And how long can the freshness last? Currently keeping these cookies in an airtight container. Thanks!

Lynne says:

I like the simple prep and ingredients. But after I tried the first bite I could taste the baking soda. I’m surprised no one else has mentioned it. My one year old still has eaten some. I will make these again but I’m going to try a half teaspoon of baking soda next time. If anyone did not like the taste of these it’s because the baking soda has taken over.

Natalie Monson says:

Thanks for the feedback!

Tamara cho says:

Hi! How long do these last if not refrigerated and how long do they last refrigerated? Thanks!!

Katherine says:

I’m sorry but these are terrible. Followed the recipe and they tasted pastey and dry. Nobody will eat them.

Jillian says:

Made this for my baby and it came out very dry and almost tasteless. Won’t be making again.

Leah Crowley says:

I was so excited for these but they were dry and blah. Neither my kids nor I cared for them.

Sarah says:

Hi. Did this recipe change? I see people mentioning brown sugar in the comments but I don’t see brown sugar in the list of ingredients… this could be why people are recently commenting they are bland?

I tried them and they are okay, but probably need some cinnamon or something. I also had to cook them an extra 5 mins, was worried about the middle since egg is an ingredient.

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