Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Recipe: A Healthy Cookie

I know what you're thinking. There is no way that's true. Guess what? My thoughts exactly. I'd like to think of myself as a cookie connoisseur, and I can tell you, there is just no way a delicious, chocolatey, decadent, melt in your mouth cookie can be healthy. It just can't be.

I hate being wrong. Have I ever told you that? I kind of loathe it.

It's hard for me to admit it...but I was wrong. Well, kind-of wrong. You guys...I found a cookie that is healthy...and tastes...pretty dang amazing good (all right, they are incredible, but I don't like admitting that they were).

Well, now that I've openly admitted that I was wrong, I had better share the recipe with you so you can be as amazed as I was.

I originally found the recipe on The Skinny Fork (this blog is seriously to die for). I had most of the items in my kitchen, so I as able to follow the recipe pretty closely. The best part about this recipe (other than it being healthy)? It was SO easy. So easy I almost feel guilty telling you that these are the recipes I look for on a snowy, cold Monday night in. But I can't not share. These things are delish.

Healthy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies 
Makes 12 - 16 cookies (depending on size)

Ripe bananas - 2 mashed
Reduced fat peanut butter - 1/3 cup
Unsweetened applesauce - 2/3 cup
Vanilla - 1 teaspoon
Salt - 1/2 teaspoon
Cinnamon - 1/2 teaspoon
Cloves - dash (didn't have in my kitchen - omitted)
Nutmeg - dash (didn't have in my kitchen - omitted)
Quick or old fashioned oats - 1 1/2 cups
Nuts - 1/4 cup (totally optional - I used unsalted, roasted peanuts)
Dark chocolate chips - 1/4 cup (let's be real, I used about 1/2 cup)
Shredded coconut - dash (didn't have in my kitchen - omitted)

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray cookie sheets with nonstick spray.
2. Mix bananas, peanut butter, applesauce, vanilla and spices.
3. Add oats, nuts, chocolate chips and shredded coconut and mix.
4. Spoon rounded balls (about 2 tablespoons) onto cookie sheets, leaving a few inches between each cookie. Flatten slightly.
5. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes (I baked mine for about 22) and enjoy!
6. Eat and don't feel guilty.

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