a healthy treat

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I’m not really a churchy person, but I am a tradition person. This year for lent I’ve decided to give up junk food! I’ve left it pretty general to allow for cheating. Lately I’ve gotten into the habit of having yummy baked goods around the house…the thought of quitting cold turkey is a little scary. I’ve decided to ease myself into this by baking a somewhat healthy treat. I think these are delicious…Rick thinks they need sugar…

Recipe:
3 large, very ripe bananas
1/2 cup peanut butter, preferably all-natural (just peanuts), or almond butter
1/4 cup canola or olive oil
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups old-fashioned (large flake) or quick oats
1/3 cup shredded coconut (optional)
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 – 1 cup chopped dark chocolate or chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350˚F.

In a large bowl mash the bananas with the peanut butter, oil and vanilla. In another bowl stir together the oats, coconut, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients along with the chocolate and stir until combined.

Drop spoonfuls of dough onto a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 12-14 minutes, until just set. Makes about 2 1/2 dozen cookies.

(Recipe from here)

I had a little help with the baking 🙂

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Claire xo

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One comment

  1. Of course Charlie James will be a chef Love his ” early years ” photo for his initial cooking promo book tour in a few years !!!! Galloping gourmet and Jamie Oliver have nothing on our guy !!!!! Miss you guys. Thanks so much for the photo and the recipe. … Niki arrives Friday at dinner time so I expect we will try this out on Saturday hahaha

    Love and laughter gail/mom /Nani


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