I have a certain expectation when it comes to cookies. They need to taste…well…like cookies. Sweet, delicious and a little bit sinful. So I was pretty disappointed in a recipe I tried earlier this week that failed on two of those qualities. Until I realized I was looking at the situation all wrong.
It all started when I ran across a recipe on Lux Hippie for Vegan Oatmeal Banana cookies. While I’m not even a Vegetarian, let alone a Vegan, we have enough friends with dietary restrictions that I like to have at least a few Vegan, Vegetarian and Gluten-free recipes that are tested and proven in my stash. If you’re going to do a lot of entertaining, it just makes sense.
So when a few bananas got a little too ripe earlier this week, I decided to give this one a go. The results were extremely disappointing…at first. Mr W tried them and said “those aren’t cookies.” The kids tried them and handed them back after the first bite saying “no thanks.”
Those are pretty rare sentiments to hear around these parts when I’m doling out the treats.
So the cookies got sidelined to a tupperware container on the kitchen counter and I went about my day.
Until I was running late the next morning and needed something to eat on my way out the door. Cookies generally aren’t going to be my first choice, as I try to be pretty health conscious…but there was this voice in the back of my head ticking off ingredients…”oatmeal…peanut butter…a tiny bit of honey…bananas…” so I grabbed a few and hit the road.
And in that context? They were delicious.
So I decided to sit down and figure out the nutritional information on them.
If you make them with dark chocolate chips, you’re looking at right around 100 calories, 4 grams of fat, 2 grams of fiber and 2.5 grams of protein per cookie. You’re also getting the vitamins from the banana and the oats and the anti-oxidents from the chocolate.
Two cookies aren’t that terrible of a breakfast treat if you’re looking for an energy boost on your way out the door. Switching out the chocolate chips for raisins gives you a small reduction in calories and fat, but also reduces the fiber a bit.
I’m not going to tell you to replace your morning All-Bran with these things, but if you’re looking for a healthier option to pawn off on your kids or to make yourself feel a little bitter when your sweet tooth needs a bit of a fix, you can certainly do worse than these.
Banana Oatmeal Energy Bites Recipe
(adapted from Lux Hippie)
- 3 medium mashed bananas
- 1/2 cup peanut butter (I prefer natural Jif or Natural Skippy)
- 1 T Vanilla
- 3 T honey
- 2 cups old fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1 t baking powder
- 1/2 t salt
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (or raisin or Craisins)
Toss everything into your mixer and let it go to town until it’s totally incorporated. Drop by large spoonfuls onto greased cookie sheets and bake at 350 degrees for about fifteen minutes. They’ll still look a little undercooked when they’re done and they won’t really smush down into flat cookies.
If you want to go with the nutritional data I gave above, make about 2 dozen cookies from the batch. (I made about three dozen smaller cookies.)
I’m not sure exactly how long these will keep, but I’d suggest keeping them in an air tight container for no more than four or five days. We’re on day five as I write this and there are just a few left. They should keep longer in the fridge and would probably freeze pretty well too.