Happy New Year guys!!!
Nigerians say “anywhere belle face na front” So if I say Happy New Year in April will I be out of order considering this saying? I know I had been AWOL for a while. Infact my last post for the blog was in May 2019, but so much has happened since then. To try to summarize a long story, I was pregnant in early 2019, and in my case my hormones decided that my kitchen would be the last place I wanted to be. It didn’t end there, I could barely keep anything down and so began my hiatus from the kitchen and cooking in general. Unfortunately we lost our precious little girl later in the year and my grief wasn’t going to permit me to do much. To fast forward the long and meaningful story, along came another precious little one, and today I’m grateful to be the mother of a thriving 20 month old toddler.
So now that I’ve settled better into my new routine as a mother, still settling into a new city while planning for a number of events as wedding season is just around the corner, I’ve now been able to rekindle my relationship with the blog and vlog. While I don’t promise to post as much as I used to as I barely have as much time as I used to, I do promise to post at least once a month for now. You can also subscribe to the Kauna Kitchen channel on YouTube to get access to cooking videos as well. And of you’d like to know more about my other passion, follow me on Instagram @kaunaevents
So now that I’ve gotten that out, let me leave you guys with this Blueberry Banana Oatmeal Cookies recipe that my sister introduced me to. Seeing that I have a toddler who is now one of my major reasons to eat and make more healthy snacks (as I don’t want to deprive him of sweet stuff – just the processed stuff and loads of sugar in some children snacks out there), I was glad to try out this recipe and I’m glad it makes the list of healthy snacks for my little family unit.
It’s really yummy, tasty and healthy; lest I forget the oats and blueberries come with a pack of nuitrients. I hope you enjoy making and chomping it down.
Also, one thing to expect is more baby, toddler and children friendly recipes in addition to the other general recipes I’d be posting. As a new mom, I’m now constantly trying a new things that can suit my J’s palette. I really hope to be intentional about the kind of food he eats, doing within my abilities to keep him on a healthy, natural and delish diet as he grows. So if you’re in that stage of life, check the blog and Instagram page often for recipes and tips
OATMEAL BANANA COOKIES
Serves: 1 – 2
Recipe level: Easy
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Bake Time: 15 minutes
Total time: 20 minutes
Meal type: Dessert/Side
Meal time: Anytime
TOOLS YOU’LL NEED
• A blender/food processor or mini mortar & pestle
• Baking Pan
- ½ cup oatmeal
- 1 ripe banana
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
- 12 to 16 blueberries
- Preheat oven to 350°C
- Blend the oatmeal into flour in a blender or food processor. (You can also use a small stone mortar and pestle to grind the oatmeal into flour)
- In a small bowl, mix the oatmeal flour with the banana till it’s well incorporated.
- Mix in maple syrup and vanilla extract; add blueberries and a dash or two of ground cinnamon.
- Pour mix into a baking pan lined with parchment paper ( at this stage you can use your hand to shape the dough into cookie form) – sometimes I bake this portion as one cookie, other times I form 2 cookies as in this post.
- Bake for 12 to 15mins at 350°C
Enjoy your warm cookies with a cold cup of milk or fruit juice of choice.