Banana Cookies

banana cookie collageWith only a handful of ingredients, these delicious and nutritious banana cookies are easily one of my favorite snacks.

Friends, there a two recipe claims I am sick of hearing. The first is that a recipe only has 2 or 3 ingredients, but one of the ingredients is cake mix or cream of something soup (gross). The second is when a recipe claims to be healthy or “skinny”, and the nutritional information is downright scary. I promise this is not the case with these cookies.

These banana cookies have become my favorite post-workout snack. I usually crave sweets when I exercise (not a great habit), and these cookies satisfy my craving and won’t negate my hard work in the gym! The basic recipe is one banana to ½ cup of oats, but I like to add mix-ins like cinnamon, chocolate chips and toasted coconut. Delicious and guilt free- that’s my kind of cookie!

 

Banana Cookies

Yield: 15 cookies

Banana Cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
  • Optional Extras (up to 1 cup total)
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Walnuts
  • Toasted Coconut
  • Raisins
  • Craisins

Instructions

  1. Mash bananas until smooth (you can see from the photos that I'm making a double batch with 4 bananas). Mix in oats, cinnamon and vanilla, and stir until well mixed. Add your extra ingredients. I used chocolate chips, walnuts and toasted coconut for this batch. I added 1/2 cup of each ingredient (for my double batch- 1/4 cup for a single batch).
  2. Spoon batter onto greased cookie sheet (or my favorite Silpat!). These cookies will not flatten or spread in the oven, so you may need to use a spoon to flatten and shape each cookie.
  3. Bake at for 12 minutes at 325 degrees Fahrenheit, and allow to cool. Cookies will be very soft and easy to break before they cool.
  4. Store cookies in an airtight container and enjoy after a work out or as a healthy treat.
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