Today, we have the wonderful Elaine from Planting Peas back sharing her adventures in juicing oranges with her adorable sons (and you can read our formal practical life lesson on that here) and I wanted to share a bit of an adventurous snack of our own: a sugar-free animal cookies recipe!
During our Lion King Unit Study, I naturally thought of serving animal cookies as a themed snack for kids.
Animal crackers or animal cookies are one of those innocent childhood snacks that you don’t really think twice about… until you actually read the ingredients on the back of the package and realize that icing sugar is the second ingredient.
As much as the kids would have loved that, I felt compelled to try to develop a sugar-free version of the childhood classic. Personally, I don’t think that these cookies taste like animal crackers, but the kids did love them and they were super easy to make!
I’ll be totally honest here, I just let the kids add the ingredients in willy nilly. We made these in the middle of winter during a day riddled with cabin fever. The last thing I was going to do was micro-manage a cookie recipe – but, luckily, the kids figured it out and I’d say they did a pretty good job.
(To me, a good cookie recipe should be able to handle ingredients being added out of order, a bit of flour getting spilled on it’s way to the bowl, and so on.)
If you’re wanting to be a bit more structured about things, stir the dry ingredients together, and then in a separate bowl, thoroughly mix the wet ingredients and then add in the dry ingredients slowly, about a half cup at a time, until fully incorporated.
We covered the bowl of batter and refrigerated it overnight.
The next day we rolled out the dough with a bit of flour and used our favourite safari-themed cookie cutters to cut out our desired shapes.
Bake on a lined sheet at 350F for 12-15 minutes.
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cup quick oats
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut flakes
- 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 Tablespoon honey or molasses, optional
Make sure to pin this sugar-free animal cookies recipe for later!