Healthy Maple, Oats, Banana & nuts cookies are a great snack for a busy morning on the go or the kid’s lunch box.
Ultra easy and moist cookies done in no time, perfect to save your life on a busy day or to fill up your kid’s belly at school. Plus who doesn’t like cookies? Also fun recipe to do with the kids, a great way to make the kid learn to cook, impossible to miss! Also a great way to get rid of those old bananas nobody wants to touch on the counter. The darker the banana, the tastier your cookies are going to be!
Maple syrup vs. other sweeteners
Ok, I must say… coming from the land of Maple syrup; Canada, I’m not unbiased here but I’ll try anyway. Maple syrup is known to be a “healthier” version of sugar because of its many health benefits. For starters, this maple elixir isn’t only better to taste but has a ton more minerals than other sweeteners. Another great factor is its lower glycemic index which means it won’t spike your blood sugar as strongly as with other sugars. This golden syrup contains also lots of antioxidants which is a barrier for the bad illnesses like cancer.
There are 3 main colors/density for maple syrup: High gastronomy chefs like the light or clearer maple syrup version, it’s a more delicate taste which cost slightly more, but at home, and frankly everyone I know, we prefer the medium (amber) version which is more powerful and got this perfect amber color. The third one is the dark one which is collected last in the season and therefore comes with lots and lots of minerals which makes it bold tasting and resembles almost molasse. This last one is used for special recipes because of its strong flavor. So depending on your taste buds sensitiveness chose accordingly. In the end, it’s still filled with sucrose (equivalent of table sugar) although all natural, you should use this elixir in moderation.
For this recipe, the bananas and coconut oil already bring some sugar to the cookies so I didn’t add much maple syrup to the mix. If you like you cookies really sweet just let loose on the maple sugar and double the amount, it’s still going to be on the healthy side.
For more on the benefits of maple syrup check this link!
This is a great recipe for the kiddos, no knife involved and frankly too easy to mess up. Let them treat you to their culinary talents. For the bananas, I’ve used the usual fork in the video but you could use a blender to make it ultra smooth or a potato peeler which is easier for the kids. Plus, if they make those “ultra healthy” cookies/snacks themselves, the chances they eat them without complaining are higher.
So let the offspring’s talents shine!
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Easy Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies with Bananas
- 180g (2 cups) quick or instant oats
- 4 ripe bananas
- 40g (1/3 cup) walnuts crushed
- 2 tbsp maple syrup or honey
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- Peel and mash all the bananas into puree
- Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well
- Let rest for 10 minutes, to let the oat soak up the moisture
- Form the cookies, add to a non stick cover on a baking sheet
- Cook at 180°C (350F) for 13-15 minutes