I have been neglecting the food portion of this blog. To tell you the truth sometimes, I don't like food very much. That seems insane, but hear me out. For a huge chunk of my life the food I ate made me really, really sick and I just felt crappy all the time. Doctors didn't know what was wrong with me until I was 19 and they diagnosed me with Celiac Disease. While I do my best to adhere to a strict gluten free (and dairy free) diet, I can't always control what happens in restaurant kitchens and sometimes people think I'm just being one of those finicky "gluten free people" (for the record, people should be able to eat however they damn well please without others turning up their noses at them) and I get sick. It sucks when this happens. It really does. And this means I will always have a complicated relationship with any food I didn't make myself. I will always eye it with suspicion and anxiety and every once in a while I just lose interest in food all together.
I'm coming out of one of those periods of time and am trying to combat my food grouchiness with simple, healthy, and delicious recipes. This recipe I got from my sister who makes amazingly delicious healthy meals and snacks every day of the week. Since sampling these cookies at her house a few weeks ago, I've made them at least three times and they are one of my favorite anxiety-free snacks!
Here's what you'll need:
2 Ripe Bananas (Get it? Banana, Monkey Cookies?)
1 Cup Gluten Free Rolled Oats (I used Bob's Red Mill)
1/4 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
1 Hand Full Dark Chocolate Chips
I prefer to slice up the bananas for easier mashing, but you can just mash away if you like.
While you are mashing up your bananas, I find it helps if you imagine you are a zookeeper mashing them up for the monkeys... You don't find this helpful? Hmmm, weird.
This is a particularly good time to get out any internal aggressions you may be harboring. But don't over-mash them, you'll want it to have some banana chunks left in it, like so.
Now pour in your oats and stir.
Now pour in your vanilla extract (if you're not going to use real vanilla extract, just leave it out, the fake stuff isn't worth it).
Stir 'em up until everything is nice and incorporated.
Now, you could stop right here and just dig in with a fork. And if you are one of those people who fears raw cookie dough, there's no eggs so you're good. Go ahead, experience all life has to offer. Or, you can spoon them out onto a cookie sheet in your desired size.
If you're like me and just moved and realized you don't have a cookie sheet, you can also use a pizza dish... circles and rectangles are basically the same, right? They're all shapes.
Pop them in the oven at 350 F for 10-12 minutes and you're good to go!
Now, I had a bit of the dough left over, so I added about a tablespoon of unsweetened coco powder to make them double chocolate without any added sugar! Whoot whoot!
You could do this with the whole recipe, just make sure you don't add too much, you don't want the dough to lose its moisture.
When all is said and done, you'll have a delicious and healthy snack!
My sister sometimes adds trail mix instead of chocolate chips. You can add pretty much whatever you want, I just love chocolate and banana! Let me know what variations you try and how you make them your own. I'm thinking of making some with coconut!