Monday, January 6, 2014

Recipe: Banana Oat "Cookies"

Some Facebook friends of mine posted a recipe for these "cookies."  It looked like a healthy one with the sugar coming from fruit.  When I went to make it, I realized I was missing applesauce.  I made this variation which tasted good and was still healthy.  I added some fat in the form of peanut butter and coconut oil to make them more satisfying and healthy.  Good fats are healthy and they make you feel satisfied longer between meals.  I also added dark chocolate chips because they give a mild sweetness with dark chocolate's antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.  Finally, I added brown rice krispies because they give a little crunch and the dough mixture looked a little too liquidly.

Why are the "cookies" in quotation marks?  Because the cookies look like cookies but they taste more substantial like a quick bread that is mildly sweet.  I warned my kids before they tasted the "cookies," and they still liked them.


4 ripe bananas
1/4 cup natural peanut butter (or try any nut butter)
3 Tablespoons coconut oil
1 teaspoon each vanilla and cinnamon
2 cups oats
2 cups brown rice krispies
1/3 cup dark chocolate chips


1. Mix together in a food processor the bananas, peanut butter and coconut oil until smooth.
2. Add everything else and pulse until combined.
3. Carefully pulse in the chocolate chips so they do not get finely chopped into the dough.
4. Bake at 350 degrees on a greased cookie sheet for 15 to 20 minutes.

I was thinking that these could probably be made into bars too.  Enjoy.

Stay healthy & well,

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