Wednesday, April 18, 2012

In the kitchen: Oatmeal Granola Bar Drop Cookies

Ready for the most delicious, easy, fool-proof, and healthy cookie that you have ever made?

ZERO butter, vegetable oil, shortening, eggs, flour, or added sugar.

Yes, you read that correctly.

Practically no measuring- truly a healthy version of the kitchen sink.  Trust me on this one.  Trust this...

His smile doesn't lie =)

Oatmeal Granola Bar Drop Cookies

Ok, these are the basics...

-  1 ripe banana
-  2 tablespoons of creamy peanut butter
-  1 tablespoon of natural unsweetened applesauce
-  2 cups of oatmeal.
-  1 teaspoon pure vanilla
-  2 teaspoons of cinnamon
-  2 tablespoons of coconut (if you don't like coconut or prefer UNSWEETENED coconut, omit and add agave or stevia to sweeten to taste)

This is where it gets fun, as you can totally customize these to your taste, no measuring needed.

ADDITIONS THAT I HAVE USED: tablespoon of cocoa powder, small handful of raisins, almonds/pecans/nuts of your choice, dark chocolate chips, carob chips, dried apples, sunflower seeds, pepitas. Totally up to you depending on your taste preference.


Preheat oven to 350.

Mush banana, applesauce, peanut butter, vanilla, and cinnamon together until blended...

Stir in the oatmeal, coconut, and preferred additions.  I had dark chocolate chips and unsweetened dried cranberries on hand, so tossed in a few...

I also threw in a few sliced almonds...

Spoon on to a parchment-lined cookie sheet... 
This recipe yields approximately 1 dozen cookies. Bake for 13-14 minutes at 350. Allow to cool before enjoying =).