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Oatmeal Cookies for Baby

Baby oatmeal cookies are rich in fiber and nutrients and contain no added sugars. Oatmeal cookies are perfect as baby breakfast cookies or a healthy baby snack any time of day!

baby oat cookies on white plate with sides of peanut butter and yogurt

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These oatmeal cookies for baby are great as baby breakfast cookies or quick snacks. I love them for on the go or when I send my 18 month old to the nanny’s house.

If you want a cookie recipe for baby but are scared of adding in too much sugar or extra ingredients, then this homemade baby cookies recipe is for you.

They aren’t as easy as my 3 ingredient vegan peanut butter cookies, but they’re just as good.

Plus, if you have older kids who get different foods than baby (but babies want what they have!), these cookies for a 1 year old can be served to everyone!

oatmeal cookies with sweet potatotes on white plate

Why Sarah Loves this Recipe

I have two older girls who love oatmeal raisin cookies. While that recipe has a bit more sugar than I’d prefer to give to baby as a mom and dietitian, these oatmeal cookies for babies are the perfect replacement to serve, with no added sugars.”

Since I’ve done baby led weaning with my kids, I’ve always made as many homemade meals and snacks as I can.

Many are veggie-based, like egg muffins for baby, roasted carrots for baby or acorn squash muffins.

I like to get babies and toddlers comfortable with vegetables as early as possible!

Why? Introducing babies to healthy, homemade snacks early on can help develop their palate for nutritious foods and set a foundation for healthy eating habits later in life.

baby breakfast cookies with oats, sweetpotatoes and oat flour.

Although, nothing is set in stone… toddlers can always throw us curveballs.

However, giving baby exposure to lots of vegetables early in life (thanks, baby oat cookies!) can help.

Why We Love Oatmeal Cookies for Babies

This is not an exhaustive list – as you can see, so many reasons to love these baby led weaning cookies.

  • A healthy baby-friendly snack – Babies eat snacks too and it’s easy to make your own baby oatmeal cookies rather than rely on storebought bars or snacks, which add up quickly! These baby led weaning cookies are great for any time of the day, and are a satisfying snack with protein, fiber and healthy fats. Plus, a great baby finger food that baby can hold and feed themselves.
  • Freezer friendly – Do you like to meal prep snacks in advance like I do? It makes your future life that much easier! Baby oat cookies freeze beautifully in a stasher bag.
  • Can help with allergy introduction – If you’re scratching your head trying to figure out how to introduce allergens to baby, this baby cookie recipe is a great way to introduce peanut and/or egg. We broke down the importance of introducing peanut butter to infants!
  • Great for the whole family – I found myself snacking off of my son’s cookies – they really are tasty! Made with wholesome ingredients, these baby oat cookies are so flavorful. You can also dip them in peanut butter or yogurt, or make a little frosting on top. These are popular in our 1 year old feeding schedule.
  • Control of ingredients – The great thing about making homemade cookies for baby is that you have the ability to control every single ingredient. If baby has a dairy, wheat, nut, soy or egg allergy, you can find and use substitutions, like a gluten-free flour, flax egg or seed butter. This is a great dairy free snack for babies!
  • No added sugars – The Dietary Guidelines recommend no added sugars before age 2. And as a mom of 3 and a dietitian, I understand that can be difficult, especially if you have other children who are having added sugars. However, these oatmeal cookies for baby don’t need any sweeteners – they are plenty good without, thanks to the natural sweetness of sweetpotatoes and applesauce.
  • Ready in 10-12 minutes– When making oatmeal cookies for babies, we want to keep it simple and quick! That’s why I usually make a bunch in bulk and freeze extra for later.
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Ingredients for Healthy Baby Cookies

Here’s what you’ll need to make these healthy cookies for baby.

You’ll think these are loaded with fruit, but there’s actually a VEGGIE in here!

ingredients for baby oatmeal cookies
  • oats – Quick cooking oats or rolled oats will work best for this recipe. Make sure to use certified gluten-free oats (and oat flour or almond flour) if you need this recipe to be gluten-free.
  • mashed sweetpotato – A great way to add natural sweetness, fiber and antioxidants for baby. We have so many sweetpotato recipes for baby led weaning that use this superfood as a puree!
  • oat flour – I buy storebought oat flour, but it’s just as easy to grind your own with a high speed blender! You could also use baby cereal, almond flour, chickpea flour or whole wheat flour.
  • peanut butter – Almond butter or sunflower butter also work.
  • baking powder – Helps our baby cookie recipe rise!
  • egg – The egg helps keep everything together and provides essential nutrients, too!
  • applesauce – You could use mashed bananas instead of applesauce. This helps give a natural sweetness without adding sugar and helps keep the inside soft.

Optional add-in’s:

  • flax seeds or chia seeds
  • shredded carrots or zucchini – especially if you omit the sweetpotato
  • cinnamon or nutmeg – if you like a touch more flavor. We love introducing spices to baby!

If you do prefer a sweeter cookie, you can add a little maple syrup, but I would start small, with 1-2 teaspoons.

DID YOU KNOW?

Babies under age 1 should not have honey for risk of food botulism, so if you do choose to sweeten these cookies, do so with another sweetener.


baby oat cookies on baking sheet

How to Make Baby Oatmeal Cookies

  1. While your oven is preheating, combine your sweetpotato, oats, oat flour, nut butter, baking powder and egg. I love letting my toddlers help with this!
  2. Form batter into small bites about the size of a tablespoon.
  3. Arrange onto a greased baking sheet. Press down to flatten each cookie slightly.
  4. Bake for 9-11 minutes or until edges start to look golden.
ingredients for baby oatmeal cookies
Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl.
mixing ingredients for baby oatmeal cookies
Mix ingredients. This is a great task for toddlers or kids.
oatmeal baby cookies on baking sheet
Form into ball shapes and place on baking sheet.
oatmeal baby cookies after baking
Bake for 10-12 minutes and let cool before enjoying.

FAQ

How to store baby cookies

I store these in an airtight container or stasher bag on the counter for a few days. Any longer than that, they are best stored in the freezer!

Are baby oat cookies gluten free?

Make sure to use certified gluten-free oats and a certified gluten-free oat flour (or natural gluten-free flour, like almond flour or chickpea flour) to ensure these are gluten-free.

Can I make these vegan?

Yes! You can subsitute a flax egg for the egg to make these vegan cookies for baby.

TRY some of these other EASY recipes!

oatmeal cookies with sweet potatotes on white plate
Yield: 12 cookies

Baby Oatmeal Cookies

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Baby oatmeal cookies are rich in fiber and nutrients and contain no added sugars. Oatmeal cookies are perfect as baby breakfast cookies or a healthy baby snack any time of day!

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Microwave your sweetpotato for 5-7 minutes, or until cooked through and let cool. You could also use leftover mashed sweetpotato.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine cooked and cooled sweetpotato, oats, oat flour, peanut butter, baking powder and egg.
  4. Form batter into small bites about the size of a tablespoon. Arrange on greased baking sheet. Press down to flatten each cookie slightly.
  5. Bake for 9-11 minutes (mine were perfect at 10 min), or until edges start to look golden.
  6. Let cool on wire rack before serving.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 64Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 43mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 2g

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