Wednesday, September 12, 2012

The 'Healthy' Cookie

What is better than a warm delicious cookie right from the oven? Nothing! Well for those times you are getting a cookie urge but want to watch what your eating, this is the perfect option. I am calling this the healthy cookie because it is sans butter, oil, flour and anything bad! How could you argue with that?

Recipe yields 20 cookies

3 bananas, very ripe
1/4 cup milk
1/3 cup apple sauce
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp almond extract
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 cups oats (quick or old fashioned)
1/2 cup raisins (optional - of course I added them!)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl, mash your bananas. If they are not ripe enough where you can mash them with a spoon, use a hand or stand mixer. 

Add milk, apple sauce, vanilla extract, almond extract and cinnamon to the bananas.

Mix well until all ingredients are incorporated. Add the oats to the wet ingredients and mix until all oats are coated.

Toss in the raisins if your using them and stir by hand to incorporate them throughout the batter. Be sure to mix this step with a spoon so the electric mixer doesn't rip apart the raisins.

Using a cookie scoop (or your hands), place 1 1/2" balls of batter on a greased baking sheet.

Bake cookies for 15-20 minutes. You will know they are ready when they are firm, seem slightly crispy on the outside and are golden brown on the bottom. Also, the smell of them will be radiating through the kitchen!

Remove cookies to a cooling rack. Allow to cool before serving with a large, cold glass of milk. Enjoy!

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