Healthy Cookies Have Saved My Pregnancy
Let me start off by saying I am not a supporter of hiding good foods in “treat” foods. It teaches kids (or stubborn adults) bad behaviors. Don’t believe me? Check out this article or this one. The only reason I call this fabulous recipe “healthy cookies” is because it is pretty healthy, and it happens to cook in the cookie form.
With my pregnancy has come some interesting (and annoying) food preferences. I know I wasn’t eating enough, so I had to figure out something. Then this recipe showed up in my life. I love all of the ingredients. And it sounded like a great way to get some food into me! So I mixed up a batch, using chocolate protein powder (because that’s what I had around) and adding some molasses for extra iron.
OH MY GOD. It taste like a chocolate muffin. Seriously.
The result is moist, delicious, and incredibly easy to eat. I’m now on my 3rd or 4th batch (I’ve lose count). I tried one batch with some spirulina added in, for extra nutrition, and I DO NOT recommend trying that. It looked like something that came out the wrong end of a leprechaun. Then I ran out of one protein powder and used a different one, and it came out a bit drier, so I’ll have to adjust for that. Anyway, they’re fabulous. And since you’re all salivating now…on to the recipe!
- 2 ripe bananas, mashed until smooth & creamy
- 1/3 cup peanut butter ~ creamy or chunky
- 2/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder ** (can be made without, cookie will just be lower in protein)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp butter flavor extract ** (optional)
- 1 1/2 cups quick oatmeal ~ uncooked (or use old fashioned oats for more oatmeal texture)
- 1/4 cup chopped nuts (peanut, walnut, or your favorite)
- 1/4 cup carob or chocolate chips (**optional)
And here’s my version of the instructions….
Preheat to 350. I like to use frozen bananas, so I try to take them out nice and earlier, then I have a beautiful mushy pile of wet banana (very easy to mash). I find this is great for moist cookies. I used chocolate protein powder, but any will do. I’ve also been adding extra protein powder due to my overall lack of appetite. It is possible some “extra” peanut butter also made its way into the mixture.
Mash the bananas and add the peanut butter, mix until well blended. Then add the applesauce, extracts (if using – I’m generous with my vanilla) and protein powder (My preferred protein powder is Amazing Meal by Amazing Grass – I use the chocolate version in this recipe). Mix well. Here’s where I have been adding 1-2 tbsp molasses, for the minerals – totally optional! Finally add in the oatmeal (I’ve been using old fashioned) and any nuts or chocolate chips (I’m also a touch generous on that ingredient – and have been leaving out nuts). If you like your chips/nuts on top, press them on after dropping your cookies (not on the floor! on the cookie sheet).
This is actually where I usually turn on the oven to preheat. Let the dough/mixture sit for about 10 minutes (let’s the oats soak up the moisture). Then drop onto your cookie sheet, flatten into rounds (adding nuts and chips if desired) and bake for approximately 30 minutes. They should be golden brown (if not doing a chocolate version) and firm on top.
Cool, place in a covered container, and enjoy!