So I’ll be honest…being healthy is hard work. A big part of eating healthy and wanting sweet snacks is making them yourself. I hate following a recipe, buying ingredients that I pay way too much for, and end up throwing them all away because of course my attempt ended up as a Pinterest fail. Fear no more my fellow lazy people, these cookies are made of strictly ingredients that you most likely already have or can buy in reasonable quantities. These cookies require very minimal effort and are perfect for someone who wants to read the directions once and wing it from there. I should probably let you know I don’t even know why these are called cookies because they are really more like granola bar bites. Here are the things you’ll need for about 12 cookies…
- 1 very ripe banana
- 1 cup of rolled oats
- 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- dried fruit and crushed mixed nuts of your choice (I used a trail mix with peanuts, almonds, pistachios, dried cranberries, and vegan dark chocolate. I also added extra dried cranberries)
**I want to be as specific as I can but I pretty much eyeball all the ingredients to my liking, in which I suggest you do as well.
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
- Combine all ingredients in bowl. (using your hands works the best with smashing the banana)
3. Place onto cookie sheet with parchment paper exactly like regular cookies.
4. Bake for 10-12 minutes and let cool for 10 minutes, then enjoy!!
If you’re expecting these to taste like the oatmeal raisin Quaker Chewy bars, I’m afraid you’re going to be a little disappointed…but these are really good! These cookies can be customized many different ways. Try adding apples and cinnamon instead of dried fruit and nuts, or a dollop of peanut butter. I recommend you eat them within a day or two at most, because the banana doesn’t stay fresh much longer than that. Thanks to my friend Nicole for making these with me!!