Sunday, November 16, 2014

GF Heart Healthy, Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Oat Cookies

 Yes! The name needs to be that long…I didn't want to leave anything out!  

 A cookie that has no butter and eggs deserves a grand title!!

 A cookie that the health conscious can enjoy on a daily basis and mom's and dad's can feel good about feeding their kids for a snack.

 A cookie that has bananas, natural peanut butter, oats and pure maple syrup…good quality ingredients.

Oh…and maybe just a few chocolate chips...

If you count weight watcher points, we are looking at just 2.2 points for each cookie.

GF Heart Healthy, Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Oat Cookies                Makes 35-36 cookies
1/4 cup cocoa powder
3 ripe bananas, mashed
3/4 cup natural peanut butter, I used creamy
3 Tbsp Pure Maple Syrup
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
2 Tbsp water
1/2 cup gluten free flour blend. Gluten free flour blends. Use whole wheat if not gluten free.
2 cups gluten free old fashioned oats.
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp xanthan gum, or guar gum
1/4 cup allergy friendly mini chocolate  chips, or semi-sweet chocolate chips.

Preheat oven to 350. Prepare baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone liners.

In a large mixing bowl add mashed bananas, peanut butter, vanilla, pure maple syrup and water.
Mix well.  Add dry ingredients all at once and stir to mix. Fold in chocolate chips.

Place small scoop size or heaping tablespoons of dough onto lined baking sheets.
Bake for 12 minutes. Try baking some for 10-11 minutes for a slightly fudgy cookie.
Cool on a wire rack.

Eat them up or freeze for later.  Pop a frozen cookie in your kids or your own lunch and by the time you're ready to eat, the cookie will be as fresh as the day you baked them.

Add a chocolate chip on top of cookie before baking for different look.



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