Is there anything like healthy cookies? I don’t really think so, but I would say that these are pretty close! And the best part is, that there is a good chance that you already hve all the ingredients in your pantry. With the not-so-secret ingredient ‘ripe bananas’ you are able to make delicous oatmeal raising cookies with no added fat or sugar! Which of course doesn’t mean that the cookies are actually sugar free since both bananas and raisins contain relativley high amounts of fruit sugar. But still, compared to other cookie recipes that often use a lot of fat and sugar, these cookies are a much more health-friendly alternative.
If you don’t like raisins, feel free to use any other kind of dried fruits. You could of course also add little extras like chocolate chips, though remember that these contain a lot of sugar and fat! Feel free to experiment with this recipe – you can use whatever spices, nuts or dried fruits you have in your kitchen! Since there are now raw eggs or other potentially problematic ingredients in the dough, this recipe is also perfect for baking with children – if they end up eating some of the dough raw, it’s basically nothing different than rich banana oatmeal.
Below, I have given the measurements for the batter from one banana – if you are using more, simply multiply the measurements by the number of bananas you use.
- 1 ripe banana
- 70 g rolled oats
- 1 – 2 tablespoons raisins
Peel the banana, place in a small bowl and mash with a fork until very creamy. If you use more then three bananas, you could also make this in a food processor to safe some time. If you are planing to use some spices like cinnamon or vanilla, add them now and mix well with the bananas. Then add oats and raisins and mix well until you get a firm dough. If you think your dough is to dry and crumbly, add a teaspoon of water – though with the given measurements, you should be fine.
Start preheating the oven to 175° C. Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Form small balls of dough with your hand (this might get a little messy), place them on the baking tray and press down a little. The dough from one banana should make about 10 small cookies.
Place the tray in the oven and bake for about 12 minutes or until the cookies start to brown. Remove from the oven and transfer to a cooling rack. Enjoy!