Ah, if only cookies could be healthy…well, I’m here to tell you that they can! I have long played around with various ’2 ingredient cookie’ recipes and they’ve always left me a little bit disappointed. I decided to give the classic ‘oat and banana’ 2 ingredient cookies another go recently, but added in one extra ingredient to see if it spruced them up a bit. I am thrilled to report that this extra (though more indulgent) ingredient really did make all the difference…it is coconut sugar!
Coconut sugar is perhaps not quite as ‘healthy’ a sweetener as, say, honey or maple syrup, but it’s still a huge step up from things like artificial sweeteners and refined sugar. The one I use, by Tiana, is 100% raw and claims to be unrefined, unbleached and unfiltered, and contains no additives or preservatives – this instantly makes it a very decent option for sweetening up the cookies, and whilst it will add a few extra calories I’m not too fussed about it. The sugar is natural, so I’m pretty happy! I am currently trying to lose a few pounds, and I view these cookies as pretty weight loss-friendly (when enjoyed as a treat, say in place of a normal shop-bought cookie).
Here’s how I make the cookies:
Ingredients (makes around 10 cookies)
♥ 2 medium ripe bananas
♥ 1 cup of oats
♥ 1 1/2 tablespoons of coconut sugar
1. Mash the bananas together in a bowl – I just use a fork and make sure they’re nice and mushy
2. Finely mill your oats in something like a Nutribullet – this blender comes with a special blade for milling, and it really does make all the difference to the finished cookies!
3. Place the milled oats, the mashed bananas and 1 1/2 tablespoons of the coconut sugar into a bowl (preferably pink…but that’s optional, haha!)
4. Mix together well, ensuring that all of the ingredients are totally combined and that there are no huge lumps of banana left
5. Spoon the mixture out onto a lightly sprayed baking tray (I spray with Fry Light Olive Oil) – it should make around 10 cookies.
6. Bake at 170 degrees celsius (increase slightly if you’re not using a fan oven) for between 9-12 minutes. I baked these for around 11 and they came out all lovely and squishy!
7. Allow them to cool slightly before transferring to a plate to enjoy!
Are you planning on trying out my healthy cookie recipe? What else would you add into them as additional fillings? I’ve heard people love to add dried fruit, nuts or even chocolate chips (if you were feeling like having a treat!)