Oatmeal is a breakfast staple in many households throughout the country. Often enhanced with brown sugar and various other sweeteners, prepackaged oatmeal can contain a large amount of sugar, rendering it less healthy than intended. One such example is that of a popular fast food chain who’s oatmeal contains 32g sugar!
Inspired by a recipe I enjoyed on one of my many detoxes, these Oatmeal Banana Breakfast Cookies are an excellent way to start your day. Containing natural sugars provided by fruit, these cookies are also perfect as a pre-workout energizer.
Oatmeal Banana Breakfast Cookies
Yields 8-10 cookies
3 large ripe bananas, mashed
1/3 cup unsweetened peanut butter (creamy or crunchy)
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
2-1/4 cups quick-cooking oats
1/3 cup oat flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 rounded teaspoon ground cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350º F. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
Mix together bananas, peanut butter and applesauce until combined; set aside.
In a separate bowl, combine oats, flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Add to banana mixture and stir to combine.
Place 1/4 cup fulls of batter approximately 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven for 15-17 minutes, or until a toothpick, when inserted near the center of a cookie, comes out clean.
Prefer more sweetness? Add 1-2 tablespoons pure maple syrup as well as an additional tablespoon or two of flour (as needed) and proceed with the recipe as directed.