GI Rescue Recipes for Kids: Banana Coconut Cookies
Delicious and super easy to make, these cookies meet the criteria for the low FODMAP diet and most elimination diets, and don’t have any added sugar! You can opt to add dark chocolate chips if you’re on the FODMAP diet, since they are low in sugar and deemed “okay.” Everyone that’s tried these has absolutely loved them. Enjoy!
Banana Coconut Cookies
3 Tbsp. coconut oil
1 Tbsp. cinnamon
1 cup rolled oats
1 tsp. vanilla
½ cup toasted organic coconut
Optional: Add ¼ cup of dark chocolate chips
Cut the bananas into chunks, add the coconut oil and cook in microwave for 2 minutes to help release the flavor in the bananas. Fold in other ingredients. Place in small scoops on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. They will not run at all, so can be placed close together. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes and let cool.
They are super for snacks, school lunch boxes, and of course dessert! Note that the version pictured above prior to baking is without dark chocolate chips and the finished version below is with dark chocolate chips — both are yummy!
More on our family’s elimination/FODMAP diet journey here. Plus, check out our Lifestyle section for more recipes and other dietary information (from special GI diets to living with food allergies), as well as other lifestyle topics.
P.S. Do you have any “total elimination or FODMAP” recipes you like? Please share!! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
P.P.S. What exactly does FODMAP mean? The FODMAP diet focuses on a large group of dietary sugars called FODMAPs, which stands for Fermentable Oligo-saccharides, Di-saccharides, Mono-saccharides and Polyols. These sugars are often poorly absorbed in the small intestine and ferment causing bacteria and gas. After a few months on the elimination diet, my daughter Christina’s doctor switched her to the FODMAP diet, which combined with the right antibiotics got rid of her bacterial overgrowth. She has been instructed to remain on the FODMAP diet as long as possible to maintain her GI health and balance.
Editorial Note: Please note that I am a mom — not a doctor, dietician or nutritionist — so am not trying to give advice, but rather just pass on my own learnings in the kitchen. The recipes I’m sharing may not work for everyone or every elimination diet.