4/26/11

Banana Oatmeal Chewies



All Natural. No added sugar. Yummy. Chewy. Kid-approved. Guiltless.

No these cookies are not going to remind you of my favorite Pudding Cookies, but if you want to eat something that tastes delicious and will satisfy your sweet tooth, yet leave you feeling like you put something good in your body, these are for you.

And honestly, my kids love them. And so do I. At 80 cals a cookie, I can have 2 and be full for quite some time. They also give me energy and protein for my busy day. Did I mention the awesome chewy texture? MMM!

Banana Oatmeal Chewies
makes 22 plump bites
3 ripened bananas
3 c. cooking oats
1/3 c. non-sweetened applesauce
1/4 c. mini semi-sweetened chocolate chips
2 T. pure maple syrup
1 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. nutmeg
1 t. vanilla extract

**Note: You can add in any dried fruits or nuts in place of the chocolate chips

Cals: 80 per cookie

Peel and smash the bananas to a pulp. With a food processor, grind down 1 c. of the oats until they are a fine powder (consistency of flour). Add that and the rest of the ingredients to the bananas and mix well with a spoon.

Use a large cookie scoop and place on a parchment lined pan. Smash just a bit with the bottom of a cup (they will stay whatever shape you put them).

Bake in a 325 degree oven for 10 minutes. Remove and cool on racks.

I just love the chewiness of these. The small amount of chocolate chips doesn't hurt the calorie count, but adds a tiny taste of sweetness in each bite. Compliments the bananas well!







**Low-cal Tip: If you want to use a small cookie scoop, each cookie will only have about 40 calories. Leave out the chocolate chips and they'll be even less.

AND....

Today's the last day to enter to win the beautiful "Pink Lemonade" apron at my giveaway blog Here. I can't think of a nicer Mother's Day gift!

16 comments:

Anna said...

Tanya, these look like a healthy treat that I will have to try! We like all the ingredients, so I'm sure they will be winners. Hoping to get Trina to do some baking when she gets home in 2 weeks :)

debio said...

Those look great! What an awesome baker you are girl! Hmm, are you on the same birthday treats list as me?? :) I don't know when we are celebrating my summer birthday, but it must be soon! jk!
Maple, cinnamon, bananas and oats? It sounds like a perfect food, and is it gluten free, then? Only oats, no wheat?

Tanya said...

Deb-I would definitely make them for you even if I'm not on the same pod as you! And yes, I believe gluten free :)

Anonymous said...

I made a batch of these yesterday and even my husband approved! We are trying to eat a healthier diet now also and your recipes have been great so far Tanya!

Alice

Lynn said...

these sound yummy ~ gonna have to make them, maybe Friday!! Thanks, Tanya!!

Julie said...

Can't wait to try these! Thanks!

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Cyndi P. said...

My new favorite healthy snack. Your blog rocks!

RoboStir said...

Wow, this healthy and sweet treat looks so yummmyyy!!!!!!! I want to try this one..:)

Fashionably Adorned said...

I have a banana oatmeal cookie recipe that has flour and oats in it, but making the oats into oat flour is a great option. I'm going to try these. I was just thinking about making a batch b/c I have so many bananas!

Jess @ Sugar High said...

I found your recipe at BodyRock, and I'm so glad I did!
These look great, I love how healthy they are. I will try them substituting raisins for chocolate chips :)

Thanks for sharing!

Jelena said...

this looks delicious!!!!
i definitely have to try it!

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Lauren said...

I also found these linked on the BodyRock site. Made them tonight and snuck one warm out of the oven. Delicious!! Tthank you so much for this guilt-free sweet treat!

Shelly said...

What a beautiful blog, can't wait to read more of your recipes! I too found you from the BodyRock site!

Steph said...

These are tasty little buggers.

Alison Brousell said...

These look so awesome! Do you think I could substitute honey for the maple syrup? Or will it change the taste at all?