Sometimes you just want a cookie… but you don’t want the added sugar, salt and fat that most cookie recipes and packaged cookies contain – even the “healthy” ones. Those 3 ingredients – sugar, salt, and fat – make foods hyper-palatable, which means that you can’t stop eating them! You know what I mean, right? Like the bag of cookies in your pantry. You were just going to have one, but oh, it was so good. Will another one really make such a big difference? And then, before you know it, the bag of cookies is gone! Yikes! Well this recipe will satisfy your cookie craving, without those irresistible ingredients messing with your brain!

These can either serve as healthy, whole food, naturally sweetened “treat” or breakfast alternative.  And they are super-easy to make, lunch-box friendly, and good for you!

Yields 12 large “cookies”

6 ripe bananas

3 1/2 cups whole rolled oats

1/2 cup finely chopped dates

2 tbsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 cup ground flax seeds

1/2 cup hemp hearts

1 cup apple sauce

  • Pre-heat oven to 350.
  • Mash bananas really well.
  • Mix with the rest of ingredients so that all dry ingredients are well-coated with the banana mash and apple sauce.
  • Using your hands shape cookies into thin “hockey pucks” (they are roughly the size and shape of hockey pucks, but thinner… can you tell I’m a hockey mom? ;))
  • Place on a parchment lined cookie sheet
  • Bake for 20 minutes, then gently flip over and bake for another 20 minutes or until cookies feel firm and slightly crispy.
  • 2 cookies is includes roughly half a cup of oatmeal, and 1 banana

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