Have you been on the lookout for a healthy sweet snack alternative for yourself and your family? I call these my "Power Cookies" and they are the perfect go to healthy snack for the entire family, especially for those on a restricted diet due to a food intolerance. I often times take a freshly baked warm batch to playgroup for the kids and mamas to snack on. They're always a hit! I've had people ask me for the recipe, but as I usually just eyeball it, I have never had one to give them.... until now :-) They're guilt free and fantastic!
You can totally get creative with the things you incorporate into your mix. I usually make it with chocolate chips instead of dried cranberries actually! You could also include some Greek yogurt to help with consistency if you're into the dairy thing. Throw in some protein powder for an extra protein boost. Coconut milk, or cows milk instead of almond... you get the idea!
Once you have all your ingredients ready, start adding all the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Also, you don't have to be super exact with your measurements. I'm all about eye balling it!
As soon as all of your dry ingredients are mixed together, you're going to want to add in your milk of choice. Also mash in your ripe banana here as well. You want there to be just enough liquid and banana that everything gets really nice and sticky. If you don't think my suggested measurement is enough liquid, just add more until you have your desired consistency. If you find that you've added too much milk, just throw in some more of the dry ingredients until it sticks together better! Once you've added your milk and banana, mix in some vanilla and honey (or whatever your sweetener of choice is). This is also where I like to include a couple drops of doTERRA Wild Orange oil. I love the vanilla, cranberry and orange combination!
Get everything all nicely worked together so that it's a big sticky mess :-) Then go in with your hands and start forming the cookie balls. If you find that the batter isn't sticking together very well because it's too dry, you might need to add a bit more milk. Place the dough balls on a lightly oiled cookie sheet. I like to make the cookies about 2 inches across and also flatten them a bit so that they stay in that nice cookie form. The dough doesn't grow when baking, so you can put them as close together on the pan as you like. This is how my cookies look before going in the oven:
Have your oven heated to about 175 degrees Celsius, or about 345 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the cookies in the oven and let bake for 15-20 minutes or until they're not wet anymore.
Once the cookies are done, let them cool for a bit and then... enjoy!! This recipe will make approximately 25 cookies. Make a few batches so you can always have some on hand as a snack or quick breakfast option!
Somebody photo bombed my picture! Even the littles cannot keep their hands off of these yummy and healthy treats! Seriously, my two year old LOVES these (especially my chocolate chip version, of course)!
3 cups Dried Oats
1/2 cup Dried Coconut
2 TB Chia Seeds
1/2 cup Almond Meal
1 cup Dried Cranberries
1 Ripe Banana
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 TB Honey
1 1/3 cup Almond Milk
Preheat oven to 175c/ 345f
Mix the oats, chia seeds, almond meal, dried coconut, and cranberries (or whatever your desired add in is) together in a large bowl. Add in your milk of choice as well as the ripe banana, and mix together well until the banana is totally incorporated into the batter. Finally, add in the vanilla, honey, and doTERRA Wild Orange oil (if desired) and mix together. On a lightly oiled cookie sheet, place formed balls of the batter in a cookie shape. Throw in the oven and allow to bake for 15-20 minutes or until the cookies are no longer wet. Take out and enjoy!!