I am always on the hunt for healthier versions of our favorite comfort foods, and while I usually like the outcome, my 3.5yr olds aren’t so easy to please. Lately, they have been obsessed with cookies, particularly anything with chocolate, and the softer, the better. Aside from Christmas baking, I steer clear of sugar and white flour in most recipes, so when I came across a recipe that called for neither, I was psyched!
The recipe is simple and uses really clean ingredients. There is no added sugar and the base is whole oats! But, most importantly, they are super moist and delicious! I made them with the kids in less than 20 minutes and the mess was manageable. These cookies are moist and delicious, low in sugar, and provide both fiber and protein. What a great after school snack or after dinner treat! My kids could not get enough. They were negotiating these all day, like this “Mama, if I have good behavior can I have another one?”
2 Ripe Bananas, Mashed
1/3 C. Peanut Butter (no sugar added) **you can substitute sunflower butter, or any seed butter, for peanut butter if you have allergy concerns**
2/3 C. Unsweetened Applesauce
1 Tsp. Vanilla
2 Tblspn Coconut Oil (melted)
1/2 Tsp. Salt
1/2 Tsp. Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Nutmeg
1 1/2 C. Old Fashioned Oats
1/4 C. Dark Chocolate Mini Chunks
Mix banana, applesauce, vanilla, peanut butter and coconut oil in a bowl. Add oats, spices and chocolate. Drop teaspoon size dough onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.
adapted from: http://www.theskinnyfork.com/blog/2013/3/18/healthy-peanut-butter-oatmeal-cookies