My schedule is getting really busy and I’m looking for more ways to save some time in the kitchen when cooking and baking. Finding whole food snacks in the grocery store is very challenging as many of them contain oil, some sugar, or some type of preservative to make the food last longer. It goes without saying that many of these ‘hidden’ ingredients don’t agree with my digestive track as I’m very limited to what I can eat because of my chronic conditions.
So I came up with this very easy cookie that contains only a few ingredients. They taste delicious, they are easy to make, and you won’t be spending a lot of time in the kitchen. The best part of this recipe, I can grab and go with these cookies and eat as my breakfast. Pair it up with a green smoothie when I’m short on time, and I’m filled with nutrients and energy to keep me going until my next snack or meal. Oh yeah and more thing, they are extremely healthy! A whole food and plant-based recipe containing oats, bananas, dried fruit, and some nuts or seeds.
I’ve been experimenting with this recipe a few times already to see how the cookie would turn out. If you want to keep it simple, just use 3 ingredients, if you want to add a little more nutrients, then you can add some nuts or seeds. I also tried a topping that consisted of oats, cinnamon, and sucant if you find the cookies are too bland for your taste but there is already sugar in the banana and dried fruit so I don’t find it necessary to add more sugar. I tried using frozen bananas (I store a lot in my freezer for smoothies and baking) in this recipe but the cookies came out too mushy so use fresh bananas instead.
Easy to Make Banana Oatmeal Cookie with Nuts & Dried Fruit
-1 ½ cups oats
-3 tbsp dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, dates, apricots)
-2 tbsp nuts (broken up into little pieces), optional
Topping for Cookie:
-3 tbsp raw oats
-1 tbsp sucanat (raw sugar)
-1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- Turn the oven on to 350 degrees C.
- Put oats in a blender and grind up to break them up.
- Place the bananas in a bowl and mash them up.
- Add the oats and the dried fruit to the bananas and combine until well mixed. At this point you can add some nuts to the mix if you desire.
- Spoon the mixture onto a baking sheet and flatten out the mixture into small cookies and place into the oven for 15-20 minute.
- If you wish to put the topping on the cookie, take the cookie out of the oven with 5 minutes to bake and add the topping. Combine all the ingredients together in a small bowl for the topping and sprinkle on top of each cookie.
Hope you enjoy!
Eat Clean & Live Green!
Your Compassionate Coach,