There is always a time when I just crave something naughty, be it a woman thing or just fancy a pig out... you know how it is. However this can be difficult if you are attempting to live a healthy life style and not to eat so much crap. I am up to day 21 of entering my daily food in take in to My Fitness Pal. Not a naughty thing has crossed my lips with the exception of a piece of dark chocolate now and again. But day 21 has proved challenging. So with some very ripe bananas I did some baking. But healthy baking I might add and yes there is such a thing.
What you'll need ingredients wise are...
3 cups of porridge oats
3 large or 3 1/2 small ripe bananas (ripe being the KEY word there)
That's it!! That is all you need. However you can add some optional extras like the following...
Chocolate chips: dark/milk/white
Vanilla or Almond extract
Dried fruit: cranberries/sultanas/raisins
If you include an optional extra, you need to add 1/2 a cup.
In my cookies I added a TBS of nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla extract and 1/2 cup of raisins.
Equipment you need is a food processor, measuring cups, baking trays, a large bowl and wooden spoon.
1. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees.
2. In a food processor blend your oats in to flour. Some little lumps are OK so don't worry about it being perfect.
3. In a large bowl place your peeled bananas and mash them up until smooth.
4. Add your oat flour - at this point I threw in my 1/2 cup of dried fruit, cinnamon/nutmeg and and a TBS of vanilla extract.
5. Combine together with a wooden spoon, then on your greased baking tray (I sprayed mine with Fry Light) place balls of the mixture. Flatten each one with a fork.
6. Place into the oven for 15 minutes.
Now take them out and let them cool. Then enjoy them with a cuppa.
You will have these cookies prepped, baked and eaten within 30 minutes. Or if you cannot eat them all at once, they will keep for about 10 days in an air tight container. They may not look the nicest but they taste pretty darn good plus they are better than a Mars bar!!