The Healthiest Cookie Ever: Banana Oatmeal Cookies are made simply with oats, banana, raisins and applesauce. This cookie is healthier than just about anything out there. Gluten Free. Vegan. Dairy Free.
Does the mention of the word cookie, make you think back to your childhood and the Cookie Monster? I actually got to meet the Cookie Monster himself several years ago. I know, I am one lucky girl. I just had to have my picture with him. I told my husband, who was with me at the time, it was for the kids, but secretly I was just as excited. (The kids by the way, are still jealous they weren’t with me!!)
Say the word cookie, and the inner cookie monster seems to come out in all of us! At the mention of cookies in my house, my children’s eyes light up and I quite literally see drool coming from their anxious lips. My husband–the same thing happens, especially for chocolate chip cookies fresh out of the oven.
Wouldn’t it be nice if we could eat warm cookies out of the oven morning, noon, and night? Well, even when made with whole foods, cookies are still a treat and shouldn’t be consumed all day long….
Except for the “cookies” I am about to share with you. I can call something a cookie and my kids are hooked. I make my homemade larabars into cookie size, not because they are more delicious that way, but because my kids hear “cookie” and they turn into mini versions of the Cookie Monster himself 🙂
So these “cookies” contain no oil, no sugar, whole grains, fruit and my children and myself think they are delicious. I typically serve these cookies as morning snacks or a “treat” in their school lunches. The fruit in these cookies give them so much sweetness and moisture, they truly do taste as sweet as most cookies.
- 2 cups oatmeal (either quick or old fashioned work in this recipe)
- 3 ripe bananas mashed well
- 1 cup raisins or chopped dates
- ⅓ cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Mix together bananas, apple sauce, and spices well. Add raisins and oatmeal to mixture and let sit for 20-30 minutes, in order for the oats to absorb moisture.
- Drop by rounded tablespoons unto a cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 15 minutes.
Now enjoy. I am sure the Cookie Monster himself would approve….especially since Sesame Street is trying to incorporate healthier choices these days 🙂
*Note: Only certified gluten free oats will allow these to be considered gluten free.