Everyone knows that feeling when you are low on energy, with no drive or desire to accomplish anything. Everyone knows that feeling after a long day when all you want to do is eat your feelings away. Everyone knows how stressful it is trying to eat healthy and not feel like you’re eating cardboard. What if I told you that I had a recipe that could change all of that? Today’s your lucky day because here it is, the recipe of the century, Banana Oat Cookies! Maybe I’m exaggerating a little, but these cookies are seriouslyscrumptious. You can eat as many as you want and not feel a single ounce of guilt, because they are also nutritious. Eat good, feel good. Especially with these gluten-free, flour-free, sugar-free cookies.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 3-4 fully ripe, or even overly ripe bananas
- 2 cups of steel cut oats, rolled oats work as well
- 1 cup of pitted dates
- ¼ cup of vegetable oil
- ½ teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- ¼ cup of semisweet chocolate chips (optional)
Begin by soaking your dates in hot water to soften and rehydrate them (2-5 minutes). You could either leave the dates whole which makes chunky cookies, or make a date paste to make chewy cookies. If you want chunky cookies, drain the water and add the whole dates into a separate bowl. The other option, using the date paste, requires an extra step. Drain the dates and reserve about ¼ of the water they were soaking in. Then, using a food processor or blender, pulse together the dates and the reserved water. Continue this step until there are few chunks in the mixture. Once that is finished, add the date paste into a separate bowl. The sweet, caramel-like flavor of dates will eliminate the need for excess sugar.
While the dates are soaking, you can peel and mash the bananas until they are completely mashed and a single consistency. Then add it to the same bowl as the dates/date paste. The sweetness of the bananas will also replace the need for sugar in this recipe. They will also replace eggs because it will also act as the binder.
Mix together the dates and bananas, along with the teaspoon of vanilla, ½ teaspoon of cinnamon, and the ¼ cup of oil. Afterwards, add the two cups of oats (be sure they are not instant oats) and the ¼ cup of chocolate chips (if you choose to add chocolate).
Using an ice cream scoop, portion out the dough onto the lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake the cookies at 350℉ for 18-20 minutes. Let them cool then chow down! You can thank me for this recipe later.