I love black mushy bananas. Ew why? Ripe bananas are my staple for many of my sweet recipes. Due to the ripening process, the bananas sugar content heightens, making them a perfect natural sweetener. And I NEED to satisfy my sweet tooth. Having a bee mentality, life is about working hard but stopping every now and then to enjoy the sweetness of life, so today I decided to do both. Working on numerous blog posts, getting some bike riding in, and just being a busy bee in general, I wanted to bake something yummy as a nice treat. Having a mushy brown banana, (and it being baking weather) I thought some healthy cookies would be a tasty snack.
I dub these “Trail Mix” cookies because the basic ingredients are ripe bananas and rolled oats. You can add what additional ingredients you’d like. I put sunflower seeds, crushed walnuts, golden raisins, chocolate chips and fall spices in mine! Let’s see what these staple ingredients of bananas and oats offer our bodies:
Banana – This fruit is great for digestion due to its content of pectin, which helps remove toxins and heavy metals from the body. They contain digestion enzymes with aids in the abortion of nutrients, and it’s high fiber content is another digestive benefit.
Oats – Rich in fiber, potassium, and calcium, oats help reduce blood pressure levels, supporting heart health. You are also getting 6 grams of protein per 1/2 cup, making them good for your muscles as well.
This is the Trail Mix version I made, but feel free to throw together your own! Substitute walnuts for almonds, add honey, omit raisins. Whatever you like. These cookies are very adaptable to personal preference.
Clean Eating Trail Mix Cookies (Vegan, No Sugar, Oil and Gluten Free)
(makes 8 cookies)
- 1 very ripe banana
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/3 cup unsweetened apple sauce
- 2 tbsp sunflower seeds
- 2 tbsp chocolate chips
- 2 tbsp crushed walnuts
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/8 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp ground cloves
- 2 tbsp golden raisins
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a mixing bowl, mash banana in with apple sauce and oats. Let sit for a couple minutes until the oats start to absorb the liquid.
- Add extra ingredients of your choosing and mix well.
- Scoop out a spoonful of the mixture onto a sprayed baking sheet. Repeat this until all the mixture is gone from the bowl and you have around eight lumps of mixture.
- Bake for 20 minutes.
- Let cool for 5 minutes before enjoying.
Note: These cookies will keep for about 2-3 days.