Thursday, January 12, 2012

love is...gluten and [almost] sugar free banana oatmeal cookies

so part of my news years resolution is to eat healthier. the other part is to really expand on my baking. clearly i did not think that one through! solution: expand on HEALTHY baking...problem solved :)

i decided to give gluten free baking a whirl and the outcome was surprisingly delicious! never did i think i would bake something WITHOUT flour AND sugar. who woulda thunk? even though they probably still had a good amount of calories in them, they are full of wholesome ingredients that give you energy and make you feel full. my dad called them a protein bar...i immediately fired back with "no! these are healthy cookies papa!" 
call them what you may but i like the sound of cookies way better than protein bar!

the only sugar that is in these cookies is from the sweetened coconut and the chocolate chips. that is why they are [almost] sugar free :)

ingredients: makes about 20 cookies

1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 cup sweetened (or unsweetened if you prefer no sugar) shredded coconut
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup finely chopped almonds
1 cup raisins
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup chocolate chips (optional)
3 ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 cup peanut butter (can use almond meal instead but it's hard to find)
2 eggs
1/4 cup melted unsalted butter (can use coconut oil if you have a dairy allergy)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

the goods

1. preheat the oven to 350 F

2. in a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients [oats, coconut, salt, cinnamon, almonds, raisins, cranberries, chocolate chips]

dry ingredients. looks like a yummy trailmix!

3. in another bowl, combine mashed bananas, peanut butter, eggs, melted butter and vanilla. stir into the dry mixture

wet ingredients

i sucked my papa into helping me :)

4. place about 2 tablespoons of the mixture on the cookie sheet for each cookie. lightly press down so they are about 1/2 inch thick. the cookies will not spread so you can fit multiple on a sheet.

don't forget to press them down!

5. bake for about 18-20 minutes or until lightly browned. 


enjoy and don't feel guilty! if you would like to make them a little bit bigger, add a few minutes to the bake time. they make great on the go breakfasts or quick snack. 

ps: these have officially been approved by my gluten free/dairy free friend! [thanks liz!]

xo, lisa

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