Aside from trying to limit my wine intake, eating healthy for me is not super difficult. Trust me, I love a plate of crispy french fries, and don’t get me started on pizza, but in general I enjoy the taste of healthier foods. However, most days I do get a craving for something sweet. This is where this recipe I’m about to share with you saves the day.
I originally found this recipe on another blog, stay fit and travel, and modified it slightly but all you need to know is that these cookies are beyond delicious AND super healthy. Win-Win.
You really only need 5 ingredients for this recipe: ripe bananas, peanut butter, oats, raw cocoa nibs and baking powder. (I also add vanilla extract and nutmeg for extra flavor, but if you don’t have these ingredients they are not necessary).
In total, you will need:
» 2 ripe bananas
» 1 1/3 cup rolled oats
» 5-7 Tbsp peanut butter (I think the creamy unsalted from Trader Joe’s works the best)
» 1/2 tsp baking soda
» 2 Tbsp raw cocoa nibs (I usually do a couple more tbsp. because I love chocolate!)
»Optional ingredients: 1 tsp of vanilla extract and sprinkle in some nutmeg (I also think shredded coconut would be good, but I have yet to try it!)
The steps for putting it together are super simple and take less than 10 minutes!
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Mash the bananas in a large bowl
3. Stir in peanut butter and baking soda (and vanilla extract/nutmeg if desired)
4. Mix in oats and chocolate
5. Put about 2 tbsp. of mix per cookie onto parchment paper
6. Cook for 12-15 minutes (I take mine out when the bottom of the cookies are slightly browned/golden)
*this recipe makes about 16 cookies (not all are pictured here)
So, there you have it. The perfect treat to prevent you from eating that whole candy bar or tub of ice cream 😉 I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!