Okay moms and dads, listen up. Sometimes your kids need cookies. They do! This is a healthy mom saying it to you. If you are uber healthy too, and the very sight of blue frosting at birthday parties makes you want to throw your kid in your purse and flee from Bounce House Land (ideally unnoticed), I FEEL you. I have a constant battle that goes something like this inside my head (just nod, even if you don’t fully follow me)… “My kids should be eating as clean and organic as I can provide at all times. They perform better, sleep better and behave better when they eat this way.” And then….”They need some fun mixed in so that they don’t go crazy around sugar when they do have it.” And then…”But it seems like every day there’s a birthday, a soccer reward, a sleepover, holiday or candy given out by a teacher or church leader, so clearly they’re getting more than their fill.” To then….”I should just make healthier versions of unhealthy treats so they’re not wanting for more and at least feel like the other kids in school without having packaged junk.” The last example is usually what I settle on. So yes, the ridiculous fake juice drinks and Oreo’s as game treats send fumes out of my ears. I do my best to smile at the parents who bring such things, but inside, I’m silently screaming “partially hydrogenated, high fructose corn syrup, GMOs, sugar addition!!!” Thankfully, my kids usually toss these frankenfoods in the trash without my prompting, but not always, and on those days, I just need to do like Princess Elsa and, “let it go.”
The reason our kids do need the occasional cookie (healthified, of course), is because they’re naturally going to be interested in the glow stick colored packaged gummies, crackers and cakes that their friends have. And rather than have our kids float over to the dark side, it’s best to satisfy them with things that look, smell and taste sweet but without all the chemicals. When my kids go to school with a healthy muffin or banana sweetened cookie topped with a few stevia sweetened chocolate chips, they get to feel like one of the gang. Sometimes, I don’t have a freshly baked batch of cookies available, which is how and why these cute little waffle cookies were born. Instead of waiting for the oven to preheat and for the cookies to bake for 10 minutes, I can stir the batter together in less than 3 minutes and waffle press them for 2 minutes. Yes, that’s right, warm cookies in the shape of waffles in under 5 minutes.
You can add the chocolate chips to the batter or sprinkle on top and let them melt a little. I only buy Lily's stevia sweetened chocolate chips. They're delicious, contain no sugar and have a nice little dose of fiber too. I get mine at Whole Foods, or off Amazon.
- Prep Time : 3 minutes
- Cook Time : 2 minutes
- Yield : 4
- Heat a waffle iron to medium-high.
- In a medium bowl, stir together the pumpkin through stevia until fully combined.
- Stir in the chocolate chips, or wait to sprinkle them on top.
- Coat the waffle iron with cooking spray. Pour cookie batter inside and spread to cover the bottom. Close the iron and cook for about 2 minutes or until firm.
- Loosen sides, pop out, and divide into 4 servings. Enjoy!