Healthy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

Healthy cookies. Sounds like an oxymoron, doesn’t it? Can I share a secret with you? These cookies have no oil, flour, eggs, or added sugar. Gasp!

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed…
  • 1/3 C. Reduced fat peanut butter
  • 2/3 C. Unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of ground cloves
  • A little nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 C. Quick or old-fashioned oats
  • 1/4 C. Walnuts (I used dry unsalted peanuts.)
  • 1/4 C. Semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 C. Unsweetened grated reduced-fat coconut (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. and cover a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl or stand mixer bowl, combine the 2 bananas, 1/3 C. peanut butter, 2/3 C. applesauce, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, a pinch of cloves and a pinch of nutmeg.
  3. Add 1 1/2 tsp. oats, 1/4 tsp. peanuts, 1/4 tsp. chocolate chips and 1/4 tsp. grated coconut; stir until well blended.
  4. Place 2 tablespoons of the cookie mixture on prepared baking sheet, leaving one or two inches between each and flattening slightly.
  5. Note: I have placed a few extra chocolate chips on each cookie.
  6. Bake for about 20 minutes or until the edges begin to brown.
  7. Let cool slightly and enjoy!

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