- 1 1/2 cups regular rolled oats
- 1 cup unsweetened reduced fat coconut flakes ( bought at whole foods)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon allspice
- 1/4 cup of almond meal
- 1/2 cup mixed nuts, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup mixed dry fruit. ( I used goji berries, cranberries, raisins, chopped dates)
- 3 ripe bananas, mashed
- 1/4 cup softened or melted coconut oil
- 1/4 cup PB2 mixed with water ( very creamy peanut butter consistency)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
I have been SOOOOOOOOO inspired in the kitchen lately! I love cookies
Since I can’t always have those sugary, delicious, full fat options during the holidays, I found and adapted a super healthy option. These babies are full of fiber and protein. Soft and chewy with that little crunch from the nuts. Look, OBVIOUSLY a Mrs. Fields, or Uncle Eddies cookie would be on the top of the list, but guess what fit friends, we’re trying to see results here! I get it though, sometimes we just want something that looks, feels, smells and tastes a damn cookie.
The cinnamon and all spice give them a wonderful little kick, the cranberries, and raisins add that beautiful pop of color, the nuts give a subtle crunch, and the coconut with vanilla give a wonderful sweetness without having to add any sugar to this recipe. That’s the best part, you see, you can have your cake and eat it too;) all NA-TU-RAL baby!
3 ripe bananas help to bind all of the ingredients. You could also switch up bananas with egg whites, or 1/2 banana and 1/2 egg white.. ( remind me to try this).Mash up and combine well, I got in there with my hands even:) I like to have fun in the kitchen and it usually becomes a mess, but with this recipe, it was so simple that I couldn’t get messy with it at all.
Once all combined, I added the oil ( I used coconut oil, that was very soft, almost melted) but you could also use canola oil, or maybe even natural balance butter. I would be curious…to make this an even healthier recipe, to sub the fat with unsweetened applesauce… ?? Hmmm.. I gotta try that, but, for now, we don’t mind a little fat, especially if you are eating them as a treat, and not gorging.
I pre-heated my convection oven to 350 degrees.
And continued to add in the rest of my ingredients to the cookie mix.
-Vanilla bean extract
And with my hands, I began molding them into little balls and pressing them down in my palm to flatten them out a bit.
Placed them on a greased, lined baking tray.
Bake for 20 minutes, and watch for browning.
Once out of the oven, place to cool off on a wire rack.
They were so good, that I ended up eating three right out of the oven with my coffee this morning. Eeeeeek.These would also be AMAZING with either vegan chocolate chips or 100% cocoa chocolate chips. Yummmmm
For my mommy followers, these would be a perfect treat for the kiddies! Make a whole load, and stick them in the fridge. They are absolutely nutritious, and perfect for on the go.
I waited for the rest to cool off, took these cute shots of them, and started bagging them up to give to my FIT friends. Nothing better than sharing freshly baked cookies with the people you love. I had loads of fun in the kitchen this morning, and will not be feeling guilty when I stop to munch on one of these YUMMIES.
I hope you enjoy them. Can you believe Christmas is around the corner??? Geeeeeez,
I need to shop, like, ASAP.
Let me know, if you try this, and suggest anything better!