One of the most challenging things for me as I learn more and more about nutrition is what to eat when I am craving something sweet. I know a lot of people suggest fruit, but 9 times out of 10 that just doesn't cut it for me. When I found this recipe on Oh She Glows, I was really excited to try it.
I love that there are no eggs, flour, dairy or added sugar. All of the sweetness comes from the bananas! This recipe isn't overly sweet at all, but just sweet enough to please my sweet tooth.
I adapted it by doubling the recipe and omitting the shredded coconut, because I didn't have any. I've made it with the coconut before and both turned out great, but I prefer it this way. My boyfriend says it's the best batch yet!
- 3 large, ripe bananas, mashed
- 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 4 tbsp coconut oil, warm (or olive oil)
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 2/3 cup almond meal (ground almonds)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp fine grain sea salt
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 2/3 cup 85% dark chocolate bar chopped
Directions: Preheat oven to 350F. Melt the coconut oil in a small pot. In a large bowl break the bananas apart, and then mash in the vanilla and softened coconut oil. Set aside. In another bowl whisk together the oats, almond meal, cinnamon, salt, chocolate, and baking powder. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until combined. The dough is somewhat wet but if it seems to wet add a few shakes more of the rolled oats. Now form 2 bite balls (about the size of a golf ball) by rolling in your hand. Place 1 inch apart on baking sheet. Bake for 13-14 minutes until bottoms are golden. Let cool for about 20 minutes to set. Makes about 27 cookies.