Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegetarian, Vegan
Bananas are one of my absolute FAVORITE baking substitutions for unhealthy ingredients such as butter and oil. Creamy, sweet, and rich, bananas are a high energy fruit that deliver a healthy dose of cardiovascular-protecting potassium. Potassium is an essential mineral in maintaining normal blood pressure and heart function. Bananas are also naturally fat and cholesterol free, a great source of manganese, provide about 3g of fiber, and are incredibly easy to digest.
Peanut butter is a great protein substitute. 2 tablespoons of quality peanut butter contain 7g of protein. Our bodies use the amino acids found in protein to build and repair muscle tissue. Protein-rich foods, like peanut butter, also keep us feeling fuller for longer. An appropriate serving size of peanut butter is a great source of potassium, poly and monounsaturated healthy fats, and provide us with 2g of fiber.
Certified Organic Oats are a low-calorie food and stay in your stomach longer. This means you feel fuller for longer. Oats will stabilize your blood sugar and allow you to get through your day with less cravings. Oats are also high in fiber, low in fat, high in protein, and help reduce LDL (bad cholesterol.)
Dark chocolate and cacao are filled with iron, dietary fiber, calcium, zinc, potassium, and antioxidants.
This recipe, adapted from The Skinny Fork, contains a ton of my favorite healthy foods! I’ve also added in a couple more superfoods to give it an extra boost.
Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies
- 2 Ripe Bananas, Mashed
- 1/3 cup High Quality Natural Peanut Butter (Fat free means more sugar. Instead, opt for natural peanut butter such as Justin’s Nut Butter. It contains 2 ingredients – peanuts and oil.)
- 2/3 cup Unsweetened Regular Applesauce
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 1/2 teaspoon Pink Himalayan Salt
- 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
- Dash of Ground Cloves
- Dash of Ground Nutmeg
- 1 1/2 cup Certified Organic Quick Oats (Certified Gluten Free for GF option)
- 1/4 cup Walnuts and Almonds, Chopped
- 1/4 cup Dark Chocolate Chips, %70 or higher (*Use Carob for a vegan and dairy free option)
- 1/4 cup Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
- 1 scoop Vanilla Protein Powder (Choose a plant based powder for vegetarian, vegan, and dairy free option)
- 1 tablespoon Maca Powder (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- Mix together the bananas, peanut butter, applesauce, vanilla, and spices.
- In separate bowl mix oats, nuts, dark chocolate chips, coconut, protein powder, and maca powder; stir until well combined.
- Add oat mixture to the banana mixture, stirring frequently.
- Drop by spoonful onto the lined baking sheet, leaving an inch or two between each and flatten slightly.
- If desired, sprinkle with coconut flakes, cinnamon, and dark chocolate chips.
- Bake for 20-30 minutes and allow to cool slightly.
- Store leftovers in the refrigerator.