This recipe is the reason I discovered two of my favorite things, Heidi Swanson's blog and my all time favorite cookie recipe. I wanted an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie that was healthy and easy and Heidi Swanson from 101cookbooks.com posted this recipe that is courtesy of her friend Nikki of Kennett Square, PA. They are super simple to make and outrageously delicious and good for you! They have no sugar and are full of wholesome natural ingredients. For the almond meal, if you don't have any, you can just do what I did and pulse a couple handfuls of almonds in your food processor on high for about 2 minutes until you attain a grainy texture. The coconut should be unsweetened, and if you only have sweetened coconut I recommend rinsing it with water before adding to the recipe. That's what I did and I think it actually made the cookies a bit moister! Finally, if you don't have coconut oil use olive oil-- it works perfectly here.
"Nikki's Healthy Cookie Recipe"
Here's what you'll need:
3 large, ripe bananas, well mashed (about 1 1/2 cups) 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/4 cup coconut oil, barely warm - so it isn't solid (or alternately, olive oil) 2 cups rolled oats 2/3 cup almond meal 1/3 cup coconut, finely shredded & unsweetened 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon fine grain sea salt 1 teaspoon baking powder 6 - 7 ounces chocolate chips or dark chocolate bar chopped
Preheat oven to 350 degrees, racks in the top third.
In a large bowl combine the bananas, vanilla extract, and coconut oil. Set aside. In another bowl whisk together the oats, almond meal, shredded coconut, cinnamon, salt, and baking powder. Add the dry
ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until combined. Fold in the chocolate chunks/chips.The dough is a bit looser than a standard cookie dough, don't worry about it. Drop dollops of the dough, each about 2 teaspoons in size, an inch apart, onto a parchment (or Silpat) lined baking sheet. Bake for 12 - 14 minutes. I baked these as long as possible without burning the bottoms and they were perfect - just shy of 15 minutes seems to be about right in my oven. (heidi swanson 101cookbooks.com)
Makes about 3 dozen bite-sized cookies. This is what they look like before they are put in the oven. You'll have to hold yourself back from eating them all before baking them, trust me it's tempting. Plus, there aren't any eggs in it so it only adds to the temptation!Place in the oven 350 Degrees for 14 minutes exactly until browned on edges. When they come out of the oven let them cool for a bit, they will be deliciously moist and gooey in the center from the banana and coconut. Yum!! Enjoy!Bliss!