A list of life’s greatest dilemmas:
1. Ending world hunger
2. Finding a way to stop global warming
3. Discovering a cure for cancer
4. Figuring out what the heck to do with those old brown bananas sitting in your fruit bowl…
Well I don’t know about you, but I’m still working on the first 3. I do however have a pretty simple and delicious solution to putting those old bananas to good use. First of all I want to give a disclaimer: this recipe is not my own! I have seen multiple blogs and recipe sites post their own results using this recipe, so I thought it was worth a try. If I find a food where I can name all of the ingredients I usually get pretty excited. I’m actually really glad that I gave these cookies a go because with minimal effort and about 5 minutes of prep I was rewarded with a batch of mini treats that you don’t have to feel guilty about eating!
The first and most important thing you will need is two old bananas, the browner the better. Bananas provide the base for these cookies and allow for a sweet flavor without any added sugar. These yellow fruits are a post workout superfood filled with vitamins and minerals that are immediately absorbed into your body’s bloodstream. With their high content of potassium bananas also promote eye and heart health. The natural sugars they contain are easily converted into energy rather than being stored as fat unlike the highly refined white sugar found in more typical cookies.
Your second ingredient (we’re over half way there!) is plain old oats. Oats are so inexpensive but provide valuable benefits for our health. They are made up of a certain type of fiber called beta-glucan known for significantly lowering cholesterol, not to mention keeping you full for hours. One study even found that people who eat one serving of oats a day are 15% less likely to fall victim to heart disease later in life!
Our third and final ingredient is my favorite: dark chocolate chips! Dark chocolate is the perfect way to add a little extra sweetness to these cookies without counteracting their health benefits. In moderation, dark chocolate can actually be healthy! The antioxidants found in dark chocolate promote heart health, jumpstart your metabolism, and even trigger the release of hormones to make you less stressed. This way you can have your cake and eat it too (pun fully intended)! Just make sure that the chocolate you’re eating is at least 60% cocoa to ensure that these benefits aren’t being polluted with added sugars.
Okay, now let’s put it all together! Even if you’re like my dad and refuse to read the directions on just about ANYTHING, there is honestly no possible way to mess this recipe up. Just put the two bananas and one cup of uncooked oats in a mixing bowl and mash them together. Using a masher is one way to go, but I’m more of a squish-it-all-together-with-your-hands kind of girl. Once the banana and oats are mixed evenly, add in a handful of the dark chocolate chips. If you’re not a chocolate person don’t fear…the add-in possibilities are endless! Let your creative juices flow and toss in whatever you think would taste good. Some ideas are rasins and cinnamon, sunflower seeds, crasins and macadamia nut pieces, or even blueberries for a morning treat.
Shape the cookies on a pan greased with non-stick spray or lined with parchment paper. The batter will feel kind of odd, but do the best you can to shape the cookies into balls. I made 16 mini cookies, but you could just as easily make 8 full sized ones! However you choose to do it, place the baking tray in the oven at 350 degrees and bake for 15 minutes. And that’s it! No, they do not taste exactly like chocolate chip cookies and they certainly don’t look like their famously addictive cousin, but these 3 ingredient wonders are delicious in their own right not to mention add nutrition to your meal rather than just filling you up on empty calories. Imagine this: chocolate chip banana bread in cookie form with baked oatmeal texture. Intrigued? Try it out!
- 2 brown bananas
- 1 cup of uncooked oats
- Handful of dark chocolate chips
1. Mash together bananas and oats in a bowl until mixed thoroughly, stir in chocolate chips
2. Shape into balls and place on cookie sheet greased with non-stick spray or lined with parchment paper
3. Bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees and enjoy you healthy treat!