The only sugar-free cookie that actually tastes good

Banana Oatmeal Cookies

I’ve made these every week since I discovered the recipe from Blue Zones. However, as usual, I made a few tweaks. No disrespect to Centenarians in Loma Linda, but I think I improved the recipe. I’ll let you decide…

INGREDIENTS

2 cups old fashioned oats (small oat flakes*)

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

¼ teaspoon ground ginger**

3 medium sized ripe bananas

1/4 cup nut butter (your choice)

1/4 cup almond flour

Optional add-ins: ⅓ cup chopped nuts or 1/4 cup dried fruit. I find that these add-ins make the cookies too dry and too wet, respectively.

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 350˚F or 175°C. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Use a high power blender or food processor to process oats to the consistency of flour.

*If you like the texture of oatmeal cookies, process only one cup of oats into oat flour. Leave the other cup as whole oats. This is why I recommend small oat flakes.

3. Pour into mixing bowl and add baking soda, spices, and almond flour.

4. Blend bananas until completely smooth. Add nut butter and blend again.

5. Add to oatmeal mixture along with the nuts (or other dried fruit) and mix until combined.

6. Drop 2 tablespoon balls of dough onto cookies sheet, spacing well.

FYI: Dough is sticky!

7. Use lightly moistened fingers to flatten each cookie. Bake for 15 minutes.

8. Cool cookies on wire rack and store in an airtight container.

Makes 15-16 cookies

Soft or crispy cookies?

Most people fall into one of these two cookie camps. I prefer soft cookies. If you slightly overcook these, the outside will become golden and crispy, but the inside will remain soft and oatie.

Did you know…

**Ginger for period cramps: The root of Zingiber officinale (ginger) has demonstrated anti-inflammatory activity through the same mechanisms as pharmaceutical NSAIDs. If you find relief from using ibuprofen- or naproxen-based meds, including Aleve, Motrin, or Advil for period cramps, then ginger might work for you too! Read more here.