Recipe // healthy cookies

May 24, 2013

We refer to these “cookies” at our house as breakfast cookies, because they are essentially baked oatmeal with a few other goodies inside.  I use the term “cookies” lightly because they aren’t exactly like traditional cookies since they are egg-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, and sugar-free.   But, for someone who goes off sugar a lot, they sure are a “treat” for me!  And, bonus! My kids love them!

Healthy “Cookies”
makes about 12-16 cookies

1 1/2 cups old fashion rolled raw oats
1/4 cup unsweetened small coconut flakes
3 tablespoons natural peanut butter (optional if you want to go nut free)
1 cup applesauce
3-4 very ripe bananas, mashed
1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
pinch of cinnamon
pinch of salt
1 tablespoon dried cherries or cranberries
2 tablespoons raisins or craisins (any dried fruit works)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Place all of the ingredients in a medium bowl and mix well.

Use a medium ice cream scoop or make 2 tablespoon round balls and place them on a baking sheet.  The cookies do not expand when you bake them, so you can get away with putting them fairly close together.

Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes.

Enjoy!

Store in fridge for up to 5 days.  We love to eat them for breakfast on the go.  You can heat them up in the microwave before eating them for 5-10 seconds.

[all photos by me}

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