Oat Flour Cookies

Coming up with a name for this particular batch of cookies was difficult. There isn’t much of a ring to high-fiber, low-fat, vegan, no refined sugar, banana, oat, chocolate chip cookies. And to be honest, once you’ve read through all of that they don’t sound very appealing anymore.

Don’t let their healthfulness deter you! These cookies taste sweet and naughty just the way you want them to with minimal to no guilt.

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Ingredients:

2 cups oat flour*
2 teaspoons milled flax seed
2 teaspoons crushed chia seeds*
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon 100% pure maple syrup
2 smashed bananas
2 tablespoons peanut butter
1/4 cup soymilk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/3 cup nondairy mini chocolate chips*

*You can make oat flour with ease in either large or small batches by adding rolled oats to a blender or food processor for a couple minutes.

*It turns out that if you leave chia seeds fully intact before you eat them it’s harder for your body to get the full benefit. So smash those little seeds up in a mortar and pestle or add them to the food processor while you’re blending your oat flour.

*Trying to ditch chocolate for some reason? Instead of little chips, you can always choose another mix in like dried berries or nuts.

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Blend your oat flour.
  3. Crush your chia seeds.
  4. Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl.
  5. Use your food processor to blend your bananas up, until smooth.
  6. Mix bananas, syrup, soymilk, and peanut butter into dry ingredients.
  7. Add chocolate chips (or other mix-ins).
  8. Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes.
  9. Press down with a fork.
  10. Remove the cookies from pan and let cool.
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So much chocolate.

A little trick:

The sweetness in these cookies comes from three places, the maple syrup, the chocolate, and the bananas. If you want to make them sweeter without adding any refined sugars consider using riper bananas.

The most common types of sugar in ripe bananas are sucrose, fructose, and glucose. In ripe bananas, the total sugar content can reach more than 16% of the fresh weight. – Heathline article, Bananas 101: Nutrition and Health Benefits

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