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As most of you have realized, I’m into healthy eating-but I do love my sweets!  Lately there has been a lot of hoopla with a healthy almost NO fat cookie recipe that’s fast, easy and has been double-approved by even my grandsons (all 3)and my DH.  

Pretty much, the base of the recipe is only 3 items and I find that it’s easiest to get the batter together with a food processor.  Most of the recipes suggest just using a fork, but since the RA in my hands has been really painful-almost anything requiring mashed bananas goes into that processor.

Here’s the base and then I’ll add a variation that’s really delish to get you started!

Ingredients:

2 C (heaping) mashed bananas
2 C old fashioned oats (I actually used steel cut oats and it worked well too)
1/4 C mini-choc. chips

Pre-heat oven to 350 and line cookie sheets with either parchment or spray with non-stick spray really well.

In the processor-turn oats into a meal-not total dust, just a meal.  Put in a bowl and then mash bananas in processor.

Combine the oats and bananas and stir in the chips.  Put aside for at least 5 minutes.

Using a 2 tbsp. cookie scoop put batter onto the prepared sheets and flatten slightly.  Bake for 12 minutes.  If not golden, bake for a couple of more minutes.

Remove from oven and let the cookies rest ON the sheet pan for 5-7 minutes then remove to cooling rack.  Store in Ziploc bag or plastic container in the fridge.

Enjoy!

Variations?

Chocolate coconut
Add 2-3 tbsp. shredded coconut and 2 tbsp. cocoa powder, 1/2 tsp coconut flavoring

Try using your favorite dried fruit in place of the chips or swap chocolate for a different chip!  peanut butter or butterscotch.

I love peanut butter-one batch I added 2 tbsp. of PB POWDER!
Elvis would’ve loved those!

You can also add some extracts of your liking.  They add no calories and can be fun!

You’ll notice that there’s no sugar-the bananas and chips provide the sweetness.  I don’t like things too sweet, so this is plenty for me.  But to keep the calorie count down, you could add a couple of packets of a stevia sweetener if you want.

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