Since I started this blog, I had several people ask me for healthy baking ideas. Why? I have no clue—a balanced diet or something. Originally I was not excited to pursue this, I would rather be baking sinful, melt-in-your-mouth brownies. But I decided to look into treats that wouldn’t show up on your bathroom scale. I began on pinterest and quickly found TheSkinnyFork.com, a blog with these wonderful cookies. I altered the recipe a bit, but not much; the credit really should go to Amanda Plott, for creating these magical morsels. They are lactose free, oil free, egg free, gluten free and DELICIOUS! I was concerned that you would taste the applesauce, but you definitely can’t. This is probably my new favourite recipe.
2 Ripe Bananas, Mashed
1/3 cup Reduced Fat Nut Butter (Almond, Cashew, or Peanut Butter)
2/3 cup Unsweetened Applesauce
1 tbsp. Honey
1 tsp. Vanilla
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
Dash of Ground Cloves
Dash of Ground Nutmeg
1 1/2 cup Quick or Old Fashioned Oats (Can use gluten free oats)
1/4 cup Unsalted Cashews, Peanuts, Pecans, or Walnuts
1/3 cup Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
1/4 cup Reduced Fat Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Mix together the bananas, nut butter, applesauce, honey, vanilla, and spices. Add in the oats, nuts, chocolate chips, and coconut; stir until well combined.
Scoop rounded 2 tbsp. of the cookie dough onto baking sheet, leaving an inch or two between each and flatten slightly. Place a few more chocolate chips on top of each cookie. Bake for 20-30 minutes and allow to cool. Store in air-tight container.
Approximate Nutritional Values
Servings: 18 • Size: 1 Cookie • Calories: 99.3 • Fat: 5.1 g • Carb: 12.3 g • Fiber: 1.6 g • Protein: 2.9 g • Sugar: 4.4 g • Sodium: 91.1 mg