recipe by CJ Hathaway, CECP

If you’re looking for a healthy fix for your sweet tooth, try these gluten-free, sugar-free, easy-to-make cookies (I don’t even measure the ingredients!).

Here’s how to make them:

Peel and slice 4 large ripe bananas into a bowl and mash them up well (it’s okay if there are some small chunks).

Add up to 2 cups of gluten-free quick rolled oats*. The amount of oats needed depends on the size of bananas used.

Stir together until oats are well incorporated with bananas (I use a spoonula for mixing). You want a consistency that’s moist yet holds together well—much like regular cookie dough except maybe a tad moister.

You can add extras at this point and here are some I’ve tried in various combinations and can definitely recommend. Feel free to get creative with your extras! If not adding extras, skip ahead to the next step.

• Chopped walnut pieces (add a handful)
• Raisins (add a handful)
• Cinnamon (1 or 2 teaspoons)
• Chocolate chips (add a handful) Delicious, but of course this addition nullifies the ‘sugar-free’ aspect!

Fold in extras (don’t add too many or the dough won’t hold together well).

Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper (alternatively you can grease the cookie sheet very well—if going this route I’d use coconut oil). Don’t skip this step or you’ll be sorry—the cookies will stick like crazy and your cookie sheet will be very hard to clean!

Drop the dough by heaping tablespoons onto prepared cookie sheet. These cookies will not spread out when they bake, so you can place them close together (I fit about 24 cookies on the sheet). I smash each mound down a little and shape them a bit because however they look when you drop them on the cookie sheet is exactly how they’ll look when they come out of the oven.

Bake at 350º for about 15 minutes until cookies are firm to the touch. They will not brown up like regular cookies, but don’t worry—they may look a bit strange but they taste delicious!

Eat them warm from the oven, or once cooled store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

This recipe was adapted from the one noted in “Resources” below. Check out this link for pictures and additional helpful tips.

*You can also use regular quick cooking oats if you’re not concerned about gluten-free, but either way you definitely want to use quick-cook as opposed to regular oats.

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