COOKING: B.R.A.T. Cookies

I’ve been told that when kids are sick with the “chucks” and “leaks” (don’t you love how I put things?) you should feed them the BRAT (bananas, rice, apple sauce or apple juice and toast) diet with lots of liquids. Now that Fred is running around and wanting to be independent (read that as… not be fed anymore. He has to feed himself) I wanted to find an easy way to try and help him cure the previously mentioned ailments, be relatively healthy (comparatively speaking) and still be tasty. No, there isn’t any toast – but there is flour and most of the other ingredients that go into bread. So, I’m voting that it counts.

Here’s what I came up with. Steve was impressed (not very hard to do), I thought they were tasty but best of all is that Fred thinks he’s a big boy.

Boy are we in for at least 17+ years of fun!


1 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups puffed rice cereal
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3/4 cup shortening
1/2 cup raw sugar
1/2 brown sugar
3 eggs (I used two whites, one whole)
1 cup mashed bananas
1 cup applesauce
Optional: Cinnamon chips or chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

Sift together the flours, rice cereal, baking soda, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon. In a large bowl, cream together the shortening and sugar; beat until light and fluffy. Add egg, banana, applesauce, oatmeal and nuts. Add dry ingredients, mix well and drop by the teaspoon on ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake at 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) for 15 minutes or until edges turn lightly brown. Cool on wire rack. Store in a closed container.

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