A few weeks ago I found myself with my oldest son at Walter Reed to meet with a pediatric gastroenterologist. An x-ray revealed that he…really had to poop. “Constipation is very common in children with attention deficits,” the specialist told me.
My son already eats a healthy diet and drinks lots of water, but apparently he doesn’t think to go and it has backed his system up. She prescribed him a two step regime of prescription laxative. The first step was a “clean out day” followed by a twice daily maintenance phase, which could go on indefinitely. I wasn’t excited about the prescription, but after we started his stomach aches went away. For the long haul though I wanted to look at more natural fixes for his constipation. Hence the cookies.
My mother in law suggested prunes. My son is an adventurous eater, but prunes are gross. I found some recipes online for baked goods, but they all seemed old lady-ish. I ended up with this delicious creation that essentially uses chopped up prunes like raisins in oatmeal cookies.
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cloves
1/8 tsp salt
1/3 brown sugar
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/8 cup butter
1 cup flour (we use rice flour- you do you)
1/2 cup shredded coconut
2/3 cup chopped prunes
Step 1- all the dry ingredients go in a bowl. We only had whole cloves so I had Andrew smash some.
Step 2- add in egg, softened butter, and honey.
Step 5- bake at 325 for 25-30 min. It is hard to tell when they are done because they are a darker cookie. They should be firm.