Healthy Bites for the Holidays!
With the holiday season in sight, it’s time to hone in on some baking skills for the most important food group – dessert! Healthful desserts, though, of course. I’m excited to share some of my healthy-inspired recipes, and I’ve been getting a few requests for my chocolate chip cookie recipe, in particular.
My cookies are dairy/egg free with no flour or sugar added, to top it off. So they are pretty healthy and full of flavor. Nutrient-dense cookies are more filling, as well, which means you will fill up faster and stay full longer without any sugar crashes! So let’s review the baseline ingredients.
Chocolate Chip Cookies Ingredients (6-7 cookies, depending on size of bananas):
2 preferably semi-ripe bananas
Old fashioned oats
Seeds to mix in: hemp, chia, flax
Nuts to mix in: pieces of pecans, cashews, almond slivers
Chocolate chips/chunks (and/or carob chips)
Optional: superfood powders, such as moringa powder (will add an earthy note, full disclosure)
Mixing bowl; aluminum foil/baking sheet with preferred oil to grease
Step 1: Mash bananas until pureed. During this phase I usually like to mix in about a tablespoon of almond butter and mix until even.
Mashed bananas and almond butter:
Step 2: add in seeds to taste; I’ll usually mix in approximately a tablespoon of each hemp/chia/flaxseeds and optional superfood powders mix until texture is also smooth.
Step 3: mix in a couple pieces of the nuts; just a handful
Mixed in seeds/nuts:
Step 4: now we’re ready to mix in the oats. I will usually add in step-wise until I achieve a sticky but malleable texture. You want the minimum amount of oats that allows for a formable cookie; too many oats will cause very dry cookies!
Step 5: add in chocolate chips (to taste). If the texture is still drippy at this point, add in another small amount of oats
Voile! Here's a perfect cookie batter texture:
Step 6: spray pan with light coating of oil, so that the cookies will separate with ease layer. Then you can form cookies by hand with the batter
Step 7: set in the oven in “bake” mode at 275F for about 12-14 minutes. Each toaster oven/oven cooks slight different; so this may take a couple rounds before the timing is perfected.
Step 8: allow cookies to cool slightly
Step 9: enjoy thoroughly!!
I look forwarding to hearing how they go for you, or if you have additional ideas on how to step up these cookies to the max! Happy and healthy holidays :)