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Vanishing Banana Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Posted Jul 31 2011 8:03am
If you read my blog you probably know I'm not much of a baker.  When it comes to baking desserts I have a few issues; 1) I can't get myself to use white flour, sugar or butter so I inevitably try to "healthify" the recipe and it comes out crappy and 2) If it is in the house I will eat it.  I could bring it in to work but frankly there is so much junk food there I don't want to add to the madness.

Take Friday for instance.  End of month.  Breakfast was provided by one of the team leads and was a gigantic mound of McDonalds sausage McMuffins etc.  Additionally Krispy Kreme donuts and Dunkin' Donuts were brought in.  Someone generously brought in a cake of some sort from Sams Club.  There were also cookies, brownies and an apple pie.  To round out the day we had pizza brought in for us for dinner while we all sat in our chairs until after 9PM. 

What a day!  Interestingly (and thankfully) with this new diet I've adopted of eating plants only, I didn't have ANY cravings! It was as if I didn't even have to have willpower which is very unusual for me.  It does take pre-planning though (as any diet does).  I had breakfast at home, brought in a salad with tabbouli and hummus for lunch, veggies and cherries as snack and some veggie sushi with avocado for dinner.  Every bite was delicious!  To break up the day of sitting I hit the gym for a yoga class.  It is amazing how much more energized and focused I am when I get back to work after a workout.
Just because I'm currently not eating any animal products doesn't mean I don't like a good cookie though.  In one of my favorite cookbooks by   Terry Walters , Clean Food, there is a chocolate chip cookie recipe sweetened with maple syrup and bananas and uses oats and brown rice flour as the base.  Perfect!  This is my kind of baking.  Delicious and nutritious. As an added bonus I had all the ingredients on hand.  I threw in some cinnamon and decided to use raisins and increased the baking time a bit.  This was the second time I have made these, the first I used dark chocolate chips and it was just as tasty.
Vanishing Banana Oatmeal Raisin CookiesAltered from Terry Walters , Clean Food pp. 89Vegan, Gluten free, Sugar freeMakes 18 cookies Printable Recipe
Ingredients
Dry Ingredients1 cup rolled oats2/3 cup brown rice flour1/4 tsp baking soda1/4 tsp ground cinnamon1/2 cup shredded unsweet dried coconut1 tbsp ground flax seed (optional)Dash of sea salt
Wet Ingredients2 bananas, mashed1/4 cup canola oil1/4 cup maple syrup3/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup raisins
Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350F.
2.  Whisk the dry ingredients together in a medium bowl.  In a separate medium bowl whisk the wet ingredients together.  Pour the wet into the try and stir until just combined.  Fold in the raisins.
3. Drop by tablespoon on baking sheets covered in parchment paper.  Bake 15 minutes or until bottom begins to brown.  Cool on a wire rack.

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Nutrition Information
18 Cookies
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*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.



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