Healthy Baked Goods

Peanut Butter Banana Oat Cookies

I am a big fan of dessert, with a major sweet tooth.  Butter, cream, and sugar have always been close friends.  However, in a quest to find some healthier alternatives, I whipped up these yummy little morsels without any of the aforementioned guilty pleasures.  That’s right; no sugar, butter, eggs, or oil to speak of!  Delicious and addictive, if these cookies can satisfy my cravings, they are bound to be a hit with even the most die-hard of sweets fanatics!  Full of oats, banana, and other healthy treats, these cookies provide fiber, potassium, protein, and vitamin c. Talk about having your cookies and eating them too 😉

This is everything you will need:

  • 1 banana
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup apple sauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 3/4 cup oats
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp ground flax seed
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Whenever you bake, you will need to mix your wet ingredients in one bowl, and dry ingredients in another. So, in one bowl, mash the banana and whisk in the peanut butter, apple sauce, vanilla, and honey.

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Now, in another bowl, whisk the oats, flour, cinnamon, baking powder, and flax seed.

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Stir the dry ingredients into the wet, until just a bit of flour is still visible, and then stir in the chocolate chips and walnuts.  This is my trick to not over-mix things; stir in the add-ins like chocolate chips, nuts, etc, when the batter is not yet fully incorporated, so that you reduce the total amount of stirring.  Place the dough in the fridge to firm up, about 2 hours.

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Roll the dough into 1-inch balls and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees for 12-14 minutes, until firm and dry on the outside.  Now go ahead and devour as many as you like! They’re good for you after all!

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