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Banana + Oatmeal Cookies

Banana + Oatmeal Cookies

This is a power packed cookie that will energise and sustain your body for hours! It’s my healthy cookie recipe that’s perfect to pack into a lunch box and made from banana,  rolled oats, coconut, cinnamon and vanilla. What I love about making them is that you can just throw all the ingredients into a bowl and mix. It’s important to mix them well – for about 5 minutes either by hand or in your stand mixer. The more you mix, the more the cookies start to hold together. I’ve added plump raisins into mine, but I also love to add chocolate chips that will make them really yummy. To pump up the protein I also love to replace some of the oats with a few spoonfuls of Healthy Chef Protein.

What’s great about them

Oats are one of natures most delicious superfoods. They are packed with fibre and contain a particular type of soluble fibre called beta-glucan, which helps lower cholesterol and regulate the appetite. Oats are also rich in minerals including potassium, calcium, manganese, phosphorus, vitamin B1 and zinc. Bananas are one of my favourite fruits of all time. They are rich in the minerals magnesium and potassium, low GI and a great source of fibre. Cinnamon improves insulin’s efficiency, which helps regulate blood sugar levels. Cinnamon can also help boost brain activity.

+ ingredients & methods +

ingredients (Makes 12 Cookies)

150 g smashed ripe banana
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
200 g (2 cups / 7 oz) rolled oats
½ cup desiccated coconut
½ cup raisins or good quality dark chocolate chips or a little of both – you can also use dried blueberries
¼ cup organic maple syrup
¼ cup olive oil or soft butter

 

method

  1. Preheat your oven to 130 C / 270 F.
  2. Combine all the ingredients into a large bowl.
  3. Mix together well with your hands, squeezing the mixture together until it starts to bind. To make it easier… just combine in a food processor and it will do the job perfectly.
  4. Form into 12 cookies. I like to use a small ice cream scoop for this, but you can also use a tablespoon or your hands.
  5. Flatten slightly.
  6. Bake in a moderately low oven for 30 – 35 minutes or until golden and set on the outside.
  7. Cool and enjoy.
+ notes & inspiration +
  • Will keep for 4 days wrapped in a sealed container.
  • Pump up the protein and add 2 tablespoons Healthy Chef Protein.
  • Make into healthy muesli bars and add a spoonful of almond butter and seeds. Press into a baking tray and cut into bars when cold.
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