My kids love to help me bake and beg me to make cookies for them all of the time!! I prefer to make my own cookies from scratch rather than buying prepackaged cookies from the store. That is why I love quick, simple, and healthy recipes like this one. When my boys see ripe bananas on the counter they always ask me to make these cookies. These cookies are also healthy as they contain bananas, oats, and peanut butter.
- Bananas are rich in potassium, Vitamin C (1 banana contains about 15% of of your daily recommended amount), Manganese (necessary for bone health and metabolism), Vitamin B-6, dietary fiber (helps you feel fuller longer and keeps your digestive processes running smoothly), and lastly bananas provide some iron, magnesium, calcium and phosphorus as well as vitamins A and E, folate, carotene and choline.
- Oats are packed with soluble fiber and healthy carbohydrates and help to curb your appetite to reduce cholesterol.
- Peanut butter contains protein, healthy mono saturated fats, fiber and iron.
Here is the recipe:
Healthy Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 2 large ripe bananas
- 1 cup whole rolled oats (you can use quick cooking oats as well)
- 1 Tbsp natural peanut butter (you may also substitute sun butter if you or your child has a nut allergy)
- 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (I use Enjoy Life chocolate chips)
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Mash the bananas in a bowl and stir in oats, peanut butter (or sun butter) and chocolate chips. Use a small cookie scoop to form dough into 2 inch balls and place them on the cookie sheet. Press softly on the dough to flatten (these will not spread when baked). Bake for 12 minutes and enjoy!!