Healthy Banana Oat Cookie Recipe

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I have a wicked sweet tooth. Like it will kick your ass. It kicks mine, everyday. I actually hate it. If I could change one thing about myself it would be that damn sweet tooth. I’ve though about doing one of those sugar cleanses where magically after being miserable for a week, I won’t ever want sugar again, but I don’t believe in that. So I just keep trucking along trying not to eat the world out of cake, candy bars and cookies.

I came across some recipes on Pinterest for these super easy to make, healthy “cookies” and they sounded good and I already had all the ingredients. So I made them and I loved them. They are 153 calories each! You can really make various adaptations of these and that is fun too. Here is what I did:

Ingredients:

 – 3 ripe bananas
– 1/3 cup apple sauce (sugar-free or natural if you want to keep it extra healthy)
– 2 cups traditional oats
– 1/4 almond, soy, rice, cows milk (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
– 1/2 cup raisins
– 1 tsp vanilla (pure vanilla is ALWAYS better than imitation, always)
– 1 tsp apple pie spice
*bananas mashed up*
*with oats and apple sauce added*
*Spices and Raisins added*
Pre-heat oven to 350°. Mash up the bananas. I don’t have a masher (gasp!) so I just use a fork and get them as smooth as I can, inevitably there will be some lumps, oh well. Once your bananas are all mashed up, add the apple sauce & oats and stir it up. Now, add your spices, vanilla and raisins and stir more. Ta-da.That was it.
*size of cookies pre-baked*
1 batch will make 12 cookies, so form them into balls on a greased cookie sheet (I like to cover my sheets with tin foil), press down on them a little so they are flattish. Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes (in my oven 17 minutes does it).

 

*all done*

You can switch these up pretty easily. I added 2 tbsp of mini chocolate chips to one batch. This obviously adds calories and sugar but gave it a nice little extra sweet taste. I also used almond extract instead of vanilla once, which I think was terrific (the boyfriend not so much – turns out he hates almond extract). You could use dried cranberries instead of raisins. You could also add nuts or even protein powder to make an energizing morning snack. That’s the great thing here: you can do whatever you want to these and really customize the taste. Have fun and tell me how you decided to make them!

NUTRITION CLAUSE: I am no nutritionist. I recommend doing your own nutrition calculations if you care a whole bunch. 12 servings. Calories: 153, Carbs: 32, Fat: 2, Protein 4, Sodium: 4, Iron: 8.

 PRINTABLE RECIPE LINK!

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