The recipes I find on Pinterest make me laugh. A lot.
Everyone is so absorbed by any type of recipe that is easy, foolproof, quick, etc. I sometimes think we sacrifice taste in the pursuit of convenience. Am I right?
This funny little pin for sweet-tooth fix healthy cookies is a shining example. They make it sound so easy:
“When you have a sweet tooth and want to stay on track, here’s a nice treat. No flour OR sugar! 3 mashed bananas (ripe), 1/3 cup apple sauce, 2 cups oats, 1/4 cup almond milk, 1/2 cup raisins (optional), 1 tsp vanilla, 1 tsp cinnamon. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes.”
If you’re suffering from a sweet tooth, chances are you aren’t just going to eat one of these cookies, you’re going to eat several (or most of them, yeah?). Happens to the best of us. Unfortunately, that’s not what is best for your body.
I’ve devised a similar recipe that’s a little sweeter, a little smoother in texture, and portion controlled, I like to think.
But by no means is this a skimpy portion! You can get 3 sizeable cookies from this recipe. Try it out!
1/2 mashed or pureed banana
2.6 t applesauce
1/4 cup oats
2 T whole wheat flour
2 t almond milk
1 T and 1 T raisins
Not optional: a dash of vanilla and a hefty dash of cinnamon (cinnamon regulates blood sugar levels, so add it whenever you can!)
Optional: 1 T almond slices
-Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a cookie sheet. Set aside.
-Blend dry ingredients together, and then mix in the wet. Do not add in raisin until the very end.
-I wanted a smoother dough, so I blended mine in a food processor for a bit. If you do this, then pour batter into a small bowl and mix in raisins.
-Spoon batter onto cookie sheets. You can make 3 bigger cookies or 7-9 smaller ones.
-Press sliced almonds, additional oats, or even banana slices on top, if you like. Bake for about 7 minutes for softer cookies, 10-15 minutes for crunchier ones.
You could easily make these into muffins, muffin tops, or a baked oatmeal cake. Just shape the dough as you please!