Oatmeal Banana Cookie Bites

Confession: My husband and I are foodies. We love food, we love to make it and we love to eat it. We like fancy food and most of the time we like foods that are perhaps not the best for you, depending on what kind of health-kick you’re on. We often have heavy whipping cream in the fridge. If the recipe has any form of the word “cheese” (cream cheese, goat cheese, cheddar cheese, mozzarella cheese) it’s going to be a winner in our book.

So it’s always nice to find something that is both good and good for you. I would not tell you about these if both my husband and I didn’t think they were yummy, and trust me they are. They have no added sugar and are full of good-for-you protein. Thanks to my big sister, Laura, for introducing me to these delights.

Recipe slightly adapted from Slender Kitchen

2 cups rolled oats
3 ripe bananas, mashed
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2/3 cup almonds
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 tsp vanilla extract
2/3 cup dark chocolate chips

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

2. In a food processor, pulse the almonds to create almond meal which should be the consistency of sand.

3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, salt, baking powder, almonds, and cinnamon together until well combined.

4. In another mixing bowl, combine your wet ingredients – mashed bananas, vanilla extract, and unsweetened apple sauce.

5. Mix together the dry and wet ingredients until well combined. The dough will be a little moist which is what you want.

6. Fold in the chocolate chips. Drop 1/2 tablespoon of dough (bite-sized) onto a baking sheet lined with parchment (or cooking spray) and cook for 14-16 minutes.

Result: Delicious little bite-sized snacks that you need not feel guilty eating one, or two, or ten. Banana plus the applesauce and dark chocolate is more than enough to satisfy your sweet-tooth. This recipe yielded about 35 bite-sized cookies for me. And they are a lot easier to form with a melon-baller if you have one. Enjoy!!


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