Banana & Oat Cookies

30/08/2013

This recipe uses no eggs, no flour, no milk and no processed sugar! These little morsels are naturally sweetened with mashed banana which also acts as a binding agent in the same way that an egg would. I’ve added coconut oil and shredded coconut as well as chopped dried fruit, cinnamon and natural vanilla essence for a boost of flavour.

They make for a perfect at home snack or a good one to take with you if you have a day jam packed with appointments and activities – oats are great for long lasting low GI energy.

Sugar free, dairy free, vegan
SERVES: 15 cookies TIME: 40 minutes DIFFICULTY: Easy
Banana & Oat Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups oats
  • ½ cup LSA meal
  • ½ cup shredded coconut
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup dried apricots, chopped
  • ½ cup dried blueberries
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla essence
  • 1 tbsp unprocessed honey
  • 1 cup mashed banana
 

Method:

  1. Pre heat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  2. In a bowl combine oats, LSA, coconut, chia, cinnamon, and dried fruits and mix well until combined.
  3. Add oil, vanilla, raw honey and banana and using your hands, mix everything really well until all combined into a workable dough.
  4. Line a baking tray with baking paper and roll walnut sized balls of the cookie mixture (make sure they are firmly squeezed so that they won’t crumble in the oven).
  5. Place each ball on the tray and press down with the back of a fork to form a cookie shape.
  6. Bake for 20–25 minutes or until firm to touch and slightly golden.
  7. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before storing in an air tight container.
STEP 2: Combine well. STEP 5: Place balls of mixture on tray. STEP 6: Bake until slightly golden.

Nutritional Information:

Oats
Oats are low GI and high in fibre which helps to stabilise our blood glucose levels and keep us feeling fuller for longer. More importantly, hey well known for actively reducing our ‘bad’ cholesterol levels and acting as an excellent food to boost our cardiovascular health. Research indicates that oats can reduce high blood pressure and help to significantly reduce the risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes. They are a fabulous source of manganese and selenium, as well as being rich in phosphorous, zinc and magnesium.

LSA Meal
LSA Meal is a combination of ground linseeds, sunflower seeds and almonds – all fabulous ingredients to give your body a little boost of nutrients. This combination is high in protein, healthy omega 3 fatty acids, calcium, zinc and magnesium which together promote a healthy heart, improved memory, bone strength, muscle movement, immunity and increased energy levels. Use LSA Meal in baking, in smoothies or on top of fruit salads.

Banana
Eaten raw, used in baking, smoothies or even as an egg substitute the Banana is a fabulous staple fruit to have on hand in the kitchen. Known for their high content of the electrolyte potassium, bananas are often eaten as a post-workout snack – potassium is crucial to heart health and helps to lower blood pressure, aid with muscle movement and allow for effective kidney filtration. On top of this, bananas are also rich in fibre, folate, magnesium and Vitamin C. Together, these nutrients can help to relax muscles, boost energy, strengthen the nervous system, prevent Type 2 Diabetes and aid in the production of white blood cells. The tryptophan found in bananas gets converted into serotonin in our brains which helps to boost our moods and can have a soothing effect on our bodies.

Dried Apricots
Dried Apricots are not only full of fibre for excellent cardiovascular health and maintaining blood glucose levels, they are also rich in Beta Carotene (Vitamin A) and Potassium. Vitamin A is important for a whole host of health benefits including vision, immune defence and for maintaining healthy skin, teeth, bones and soft tissue. Potassium is a mineral and electrolyte which helps with maintenance of fluid in your body as well as aiding in muscle function and regulating blood pressure.