June 21, 2011

Healthy Oatmeal Cookie Bites

Cookies have always been one of my favourite desserts. I love everything from chocolate biscuits, to oatmeal raisin to even those high school cafeteria cookies that left a huge grease stain on a napkin. My Mom was working at Christies Cookies in Toronto when she was pregnant with me, so all of that cookie sampling must have given me some cookie loving gene.


A nice cookie and a cup of tea is my ultimate evening dessert, so when I saw this recipe for "healthy"cookie bites from OhSheGlows, I was intrigued. You mean, there is such thing as a tasty cookie that is not baked with butter and eggs and is also 56 calories a cookie?!

I had some bananas that were browning, so I decided to try a batch of the recipe just to test it. When they were done I tried one, then two, then decided to make another batch and freeze it for a rainy day. We sat outside on our balcony and tried the cookies with some "midsummer night's dream" iced tea from David's Tea (part of their summer collection).

There is nothing better than enjoying the nice weather with a muskoka chair and some iced tea, even if we are right in the middle of the city.

"Healthy" Oatmeal Cookie Bites

1.5 ripe bananas, mashed
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp olive oil
1 cup rolled oats
1/3 cup ground almonds (I smashed the almonds in a ziploc bag with a rolling pin)
3 tbsp shredded coconut
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp maple syrup
Pinch of sea salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/3 cup chocolate chips

Directions:

1. In a small bowl, mash the bananas, then add the vanilla, maple syrup, olive oil and mix.
2. In a large bowl, whisk the oats, almonds, coconut, cinnamon, salt, chocolate and baking powder.
3. Add the banana mixture to the dry ingredients. Stir until combined.
4. Form the dough into balls.
5. Bake for 14 minutes at 350 degrees.

The cookies get their sweetness from the banana and coconut. I added a touch of maple syrup to the recipe, which probably adds a few more calories to the cookies, but these are a sweet treat you can feel good about.

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