Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies
(recipe makes a dozen cookies)
 
          
 
These have to be the easiest cookies to make ever!  I have seen similar recipes floating around Pinterest and when I saw that I had several ripe bananas waiting to be consumed, I thought I’d try it out.   The result?  A soft, delicious and nutritious cookie!  They kinda taste like banana nut bread but with chocolate!  I brought a batch to work and they were a hit.  My son Noah and husband Jason also have given me their stamp of approval.  These have quickly become my new favorite cookie!   And with only 89 calories per cookie, you can eat these guilt free!  
 
 
Ingredients:
 
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 1 1/2 cups of oats (I used Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Rolled Oats)
  • 70% Dark Chocolate chips (or the chocolate chip of your choice)
  • 1 tsp of Vanilla (I did not use this the first time making a batch and they turned out great so its optional)    OR
  • 3-5 drops of Vanilla Stevia (used 3 drops in my second batch but again, this is optional)
 
1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Place bananas in a blender or food processor and puree until the bananas are in a smooth, liquid form. Pour into a mixing bowl.  If you do not have a processor or blender, you can take a potato masher (or fork) and mash into smooth liquid form in the mixing bowl.  
 
 2.  Add the oats and vanilla or stevia (if you are using) to the banana puree and stir.  The “batter” should be fairly thick.  If you are not using quick oats, it helps to let the batter sit for about 5 minutes although it is not necessary.
 
3.  Line your cookie sheet with parchment paper (recommended) or lightly grease the cookie sheet and spoon the batter on to the cookie sheet. 
 
4.  Add a few chocolate chips on top of each cookie.  This controls the amount of chocolate that you are adding to the cookies (making them healthier).  If you prefer to add them to the batter before scooping on to the cookie sheet, you certainly can do so. 
 
5.  Place in oven for 15-18 minutes.  Let the cookies cool for 10 minutes before consuming.
 
 
Variation – add a couple of tablespoons of peanut butter (or nut butter of your choice) to the batter!  Feel free to add a tablespoon of chia seeds into the batter as well for some extra omega-3’s, fiber, and protein!
 
 
 
Please let me know what you think by commenting below if you try these out!   Feel free to pin this recipe!
 
 
Nutritional Information (per cookie):
Calories – 89
Fat (Saturated) – 2.2 g
Cholesterol – 0.0 mg
Sodium – 0.2 mg
Potassium – 90.3 mg
Total Carbs – 13.4 g
Dietary Fiber – 2.1 g
Sugars – 4.6 g
Protein – 2.2 g
Vitamin A – 0.2%
Vitamin C – 3.8%
Calcium – 0.8%
Iron – 5.2%

 

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