I know my health movement may scare some of you. But these little suckers are yummy and truly good for you! At my house we call them granola bars simply because if my 2 year old hears the word cookie, then "cookie" is all we hear for the remainder of the day! If you have ever had a 2 year old then you know what I'm talking about! The other reason I heart this recipe is because most the ingredients are probably sitting in your pantry. Nothing to funky.
KCL hint: when bananas start to over ripen I simply unpeel them and pop them in the freezer, thus I always have ripe bananas on hand to make yummy banana bread/pancakes/cookies.
3 large, ripe bananas, well mashed (about 1 1/2 cups)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup coconut oil, barely warm - so it isn't solid (or alternately, olive oil)
2 cups rolled oats
2/3 cup almond meal
1/3 cup coconut, finely shredded & unsweetened
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
6 - 7 ounces chocolate chips or dark chocolate bar chopped
Preheat oven to 350 degrees, racks in the top third.
In a large bowl combine the bananas, vanilla extract, and coconut oil. Set aside. In another bowl whisk together the oats, almond meal, shredded coconut, cinnamon, salt, and baking powder. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until combined. Fold in the chocolate chunks/chips.The dough is a bit looser than a standard cookie dough, don't worry about it. Drop dollops of the dough, each about 2 teaspoons in size, an inch apart, onto a parchment (or Silpat) lined baking sheet. Bake for 12 - 18 minutes. I baked these as long as possible without burning the bottoms and they were perfect - just shy of 17 minutes seems to be about right in my oven. Bake them a lil longer then you think.
Makes about 3 dozen bite-sized cookies.
This cookie is delicious as is but for my sweet tooth 7 year old I added 1 cup agave. These were also majorly mouth watering. So make your pick yummy or super sweet...
be healthy be happy kcl
Oh ya and they are 2 year old approved!