both of my parents have a sweet tooth, which means i inherited a double sweet tooth. (that’s how it works, right?). i grew up in a pretty healthy household, but we’d always have something sweet after a meal. it’s a habit, and a bad one at that. i’ve been trying to take this marathon training a bit more seriously, looking at what i’m fueling my body . i’m trying to go back to veganism which is difficult here, especially when my monthly stipend can’t even afford me out of season veggies, but i’m trying to do what i can.
anyways, i know sugar isn’t the best fuel (sad truth). i now try to curb my sugar cravings with died figs for an after dinner treat, or cocoa powder and hot water, most of the time i treat myself to some dark chocolate. i’m really trying to limit my sugar intake. maybe eventually rid it forever? no, let’s not be that drastic…just limit.
i haven’t bought sugar in a while, which for a baker at heart, is impressive!! but to be honesty, i’ve been having some ‘baking’ withdrawals. anytime i try to find a new healthy recipe it calls for things that aren’t available in this country (story of my life!!). no agave nectar, or coconut oil, or wheat flour. nope nope nope. i’d look at recipe after recipe hoping something might work? maybe i could adapt it?
the answer came in one of the many “2 (or 3) ingredient” recipes that are a phenomenon on pinterest right now. different recipes for this and that, swearing to simplicity and ease. i’m generally skeptical of most of these…there are usually more hidden ingredients and not to mention the photos usually look rather unappealing (along with all those silly melted crayon art projects and ombre everything). of the recipes i found, like this one from the burlap bag, most had a base of bananas and oatmeal. hmmmm it almost seemed too simple, too easy. just bananas and oatmeal?! but i had both, was in dire need to bake something, and not to mention was just pretty bored, so decided to give it a try!
the outcome surprised me (in a good way!) and now i think i’ve found the perfect healthy after dinner treat. of course it doesn’t really taste like a cookie…quite frankly there’s nothing that makes it a cookie in there, so no surprise. it’s more like a banana pancake? they’re moist and very banana-y. but that’s fine with me since i’m a big fan of bananas. if you want a cookie in the traditional sense, this isn’t what you’re looking for. but if you want to try an alternative that’s nomnomnomhealthy, not to mention so easy, these are for you.
i’m going to experiment a little more with add-ins and using some of the pumpkin puree (sent from america!) and see what other variations i can come up with. the possibilities are ENDLESS. but for now, i urge you to try this variation : )
banana oatmeal “cookies” with coconut, peanut butter, and chocolate chips
makes about 16 cookies (or 18? i’m not sure because i ate them as i baked ’em hehe)
· 3 bananas, mashed (either slightly brown or very brown)
· 1 3/4 cups oatmeal (quick or instant)
· 1/4 cup shredded coconut
· 1/4 cup peanut butter
· 1/4 cup chocolate chips*
· 2 tbs ground flaxseed
· 1 tsp cinnamon
1.) mash bananas and mix in coconut, peanut butter, chocolate chips, ground flaxseed, and cinnamon.
2.) stir in oats. mix well.
3.) bake on a greased (or silicone/parchment lined pan) at 350*F for 15-20 minutes or until slightly browned.
4.) smachnoho! enjoy!
*this can easily be made vegan by using carob chips or nuts instead of chocolate chips
(i might have gotten carried away with the add-ins i used here, but i was just so excited!! you can modify it as you please using the base of banana and oatmeal. since the size of bananas vary, you might have to adjust the amount of oats to get the right consistency. think a ‘moldable’ thickness, so they hold together but are not too runny.)
please post your own variations!