Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Oatmeal Cookie Alternative (my latest pregnancy must-have!)

If you haven't tried these banana oatmeal cookies that are all over Pinterest, do yourself a favor and make some!  They are delicious and much more guilt free than your average cookie.  Not to mention, super easy to make with ingredients you probably have on hand.  There are so many variations that you can try a new one often enough not to get tired of them.  I first made them last summer when I was doing Weight Watchers and just needing something sweet.  Now, they are a yummy, chocolately treat for my pregnant self that isn't loaded with sugar and calories.  Here's how Mama makes it:

Banana Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

Ingredients: (makes about 12 cookies)
- 2 ripe bananas
- 1 c. quick-cooking oats
- 1/4 c. mini chocolate chips
- 1/2 t. cinnamon
variations:  try raisins or dried cranberries instead of chocolate chips, add chopped nuts, or mix in a couple tablespoons of peanut butter.


1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mash the bananas until smooth.  Stir in oats, chocolate chips, and cinnamon.

2.  Drop by rounded tablespoons onto an ungreased baking sheet, press down slightly (cookies will not spread like a typical cookie, so you can space them pretty close together).   Bake at 350 for about 15 minutes.  Cookies will be slightly browned and set up in the middle when done.  Let cool, store in fridge.

don't the roses just make you crave spring?
I sure do!!

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