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.
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