There’s something about recipes with less than 5 ingredients that really excites me.

We just returned from yet another weekend away (you know how much we love being out and about).  After I unloaded a van full of stuff, I did what I always do.  Open my fridge door to check out the food situation, and it’s never pretty.  In this case, I had a half container of organic cherry tomatoes, a bag of carrots, eggs, mostly eaten tub of hummus, and two lonely avocados.

I had some frozen entrees in my freezer (thank goodness!) So we were fine for dinner and lunch box leftovers. It was the snack situation I needed to figure out. Quickly.

Sienna has karate every Tuesday and Thursday right after school, and it’s critical she has something to nibble before she puts on her gi.

If not, I’m dealing with irrational meltdowns…either because I didn’t tie her karate belt at the right angle, or I took off her left sock before her right one.  She will find something to tear up about with that satiating snack.

And as you know, those snacks have to be balanced with protein and/or fat and fibre.  [p.s. Check out the Balanced Lunch Box Cheatsheet for mix-and-match ideas].

Healthy snacks for kids

Given that I had unpacking to do, three bedtimes to manage, and another nutrition presentation to finalize, my window of ‘snack prep’ time was limited last night.

So I pulled out the colouring books and gave Mackenzie a teether to chew on while I went into creative mode. Thanks to my list of healthy kitchen staples I knew I had what I needed.

And before I knew it I was mashing bananas…

Tossing in oats…

Swirling in coconut oil…

And a scoop of my new favourite protein powder (Purica or SunWarrior) for good measure. [p.s. use promo code BINNS to save 10% on Sunwarrior]

3 ingredient gluten-free cookies

What’s great about these 4 ingredient protein powder cookies is that you’ll likely have everything on hand, and you can customize by adding your own fixin’s.  I had a massive Costco-sized bag of unsulfured dried apricots, so in they went.

Fifteen minutes later these protein powder cookies were born.

Just in time for a hungry 5 month old to start whimpering, and her two sisters to start debating what colour Dora should be.  My snack dilemma was solved so I could switch gears and calm the storm that was unfolding.

Not gonna lie. We *may* have all had a cookie with dinner too. Here’s why!

EASY 4 Ingredient Protein Powder Cookies

protein power cookies

Protein Powder Cookies

  • 2 organic bananas (ripe)
  • 1 cup whole rolled oats (or quick oats) (
  • 1 scoop protein powder (
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil ( )
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt (assuming no salt in protein powder)
  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl or food processor.
  2. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Add optional mix-ins:  dried fruit, chocolate chips, nuts, seeds, coconut, etc.

Do you have any favourite 3 ingredient recipes?

3 ingredient cookies