Saturday, January 12, 2013

Has Norovirus visited you?

Norovirus BRAT Cookies

Our family has had a mild case of this Norovirus that seems to be flooding the state right now.  I just  assumed that since we all got the flu shot that we would sail through the winter without any illness......Wrong!   Today, our second child came down with the symptoms and has spent a good deal of the morning in the bathroom and complaining of stomach pain.  All motherly instincts kick in and I think BRAT diet (Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, and Toast).  Well, this wonderful child doesn't like Bananas, Applesauce, or Toast.....but she does like cookies.  So, I came up with this recipe for BRAT cookies, and she liked them!  Actually, all my kids and even my hubby liked them.  So in case you need to feed your sick child or just want a healthy sugar-free cookie, here you go.  Good Luck!

1 cup old fashioned oats
1 banana, mashed
4 Tbls. Applesauce (no sugar added kind)
1/4 tsp. baking powder
pinch salt
pinch cinnamon (optional)
pinch ground ginger (optional)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Make your own oat flour by putting your oats in a coffee grinder or blender and giving them a whirl until they turn to flour (about a minute).  Place oat flour in a bowl and mix in the banana, applesauce, baking powder, salt and other optional ingredients.  Once mixed place by heaping teaspoon onto a greased cookie sheet and bake about 7 to 8 minutes, until done.  Makes about 18 small cookies.  

FYI - These are not very sweet, the riper your banana the sweeter they will be.

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