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Banana-Sweetened Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Posted Dec 22 2010 7:09pm
Now that I'm done with my dreaded Biostats class, I have so much more free time. What to do, what to do...bake cookies of course! But, I have to be careful about baked goods now that I'm not eating any refined flours or added sugars . That pretty much cuts out 99% of all recipes.

Just in time, I was e-mailed a recipe by Dr. Fuhrman's Six Week Holiday Challenge for oatmeal cookies with no sweetener other than ripe bananas. Yes!

Here's the recipe with my adaptions. I couldn't help but substitute the raisins with grain-sweetened chocolate chips. If you're a purist, you can use raisins instead. Girl needs some chocolate is all I can say.

Banana-Sweetened Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies - Makes 15
Adapted from: Dr. Fuhrman's recipe

Ingredients:
2 cups uncooked rolled oats
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
4 ripe bananas, peeled
1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds, chopped
1/4 cup pecan pieces
1/4 cup grain-sweetened chocolate chips (found at a natural foods store)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Add oats to a food processor Process 20-30 seconds until oats are ground into a flour Combine oat flour with cinnamon and cocoa powder in a medium bowl Add bananas to the food processor Process 20-30 seconds until pureed Add bananas to the flour mixture and stir in nuts and chocolate chips  Stir it all up Plop cookie-sized dough ball onto foil-lined baking sheet (no need to grease the foil) Bake for 13-15 minutes or until slightly browned on top Enjoy as a snack or whenever you need a healthy sweet fix! Now that's a holiday cookie I can enjoy.
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