The easiest cookies you ever did bake. Only require two main ingredients, and all of the rest are optional - but highly recommended by someone who knows good cookies - Me. You can enjoy making a batch of these unique by including any of your favorite superfood or treats that you may have laying around the kitchen cupboards. These cookies can also be made entirely raw or are able to be dehydrated for a few hours and enjoyed as a chewy treat (read below procedure section.)
These make for a perfect dessert, breakfast or snack! You could bake a batch at night and enjoy a few on your way to work in the morning with a smoothie, juice or tea of your choice. They also make for a great snack when sending your child off to school or out for the day. The recipe and bake time is both simple and quick! Which is something that is a necessity when it comes to turning my oven on in this 85 degree Hawai'i heat.
Hope you love them as much as I (and my friends) do!
Your first decision is to decide wether or not you like your cookies crunchy or soft. First world problems, I know, I know.
If you prefer your cookies to be "smooth" and crispier on the inside, you'll want to run your oats through a high speed blender or food processor before mixing up the batter. If you like your cookies more like "chunky clusters," feel free to leave your oats in their whole form for this recipe. Sometimes I blend my oats into a fine flour, sometimes I leave them alone, and other times I pulse the oats for just a few secondss until I've found the perfect in-between texture.
You'll notice in this recipe that I include some spices, super-foods and "add-ins," which make these cookies all the more delicious. To be honest though, you could just stir the oats and bananas together to make a simple, mildly sweet and really yummy "breakfast cookie." I'll talk more about possible "flavors" in a moment.
- Maca - Maca is a root vegetable grown in the Peruvian Andes. Maca powder is sacred to the Incas and has been used as a food and medicine in South America for hundreds of years. It is well known for its ability to help enhance strength and endurance. It is said that Incan warriors would often consume maca before long journeys or battles. Maca is high in magnesium, potassium and calcium.
Cacao - Cacao pods, which grow on Cacao trees has been revered for centuries by cultures such as the Aztec and Mayan. Cacao has been used for medical and preventative health purposes for hundreds of years. Cacao is filled with energy-boosting nutrients and minerals. Raw cacao contains magnesium which contributes to normal bone health and healthy immune function. Cacao is also one of the few foods which allows for successful absorption of copper and manganese in our bodies. It is also high in selenium and potassium.
Here are some of the super-foods you will find in this recipe. All of these powders can be purchased with my own discount code here:
(MAKES APPROX. ONE DOZEN COOKIES)
3 CUPS OATS (GLUTEN FREE OR REGULAR WHOLE)
3 RIPE BANANAS (SPOTTY IS BEST)
1 TSP. SUNFOOD MACA POWDER
1 TSP. CINNAMON
1 TBSP. MAPLE SYRUP
2 TBSP. SUNFOOD CACAO NIBS
6 PITTED MEDJOOL DATES
1 TBSP. RAW SUNFLOWER SEEDS
1 TSP. VANILLA BEAN EXTRACT
Pre-Heat your oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Now remove all pits from medjool dates and chop them into small pieces. Once you have decided wether or not to blend/pulse your oats, you'll want to grab a large bowl and mix all ingredients together until combined evenly (I find that using a fork to mash the bananas works best.) Stir Oats, Bananas, Cinnamon, Maple Syrup, Sunflower Seeds, Cacao Nibs, Maca Powder, Medjool Dates and Vanilla Bean Extract together.
Here is where you can get creative. Other possible ingredients include but are definitely not limited to
Vegan Dark Chocolate Chips
Chopped Walnuts, Almonds, Brazil Nuts or Pecans
Using a spoon, scoop cookie batter onto parchment paper lined baking tray (You may also use a non-stick tray if you choose.) Flatten cookie mounds with a rubber spatula gently. Cook for approx. 9 minutes or until cookies are of desired crispness (Keep an eye on them! These babies can burn quickly - Trust me!) Golden on the outside is best. Allow to cool on parchment paper for 10 minutes. You can then continue on to eat the entire batch in one sitting, keep them in the refrigerator for the next five days, or freeze them and re-heat them at anytime.
* These cookies can be eaten entirely uncooked or raw (dehydrated) as well! If you chose not to bake your cookies, you can freeze uncooked batter for 2 hours and enjoy cold as a tasty chewy treat. These babies taste incredible with a side dish of Cacao "Nana Nice Cream." If you have a dehydrator and would like to make these cookies compliant to a raw vegan diet, use raw unprocessed oats in your batter and set the dehydrator to 110 degrees Fahrenheit before allowing cookies to "dry" on rack for approx. 4 hours or until chewy.
Let me know if you give them a try!
Hope you enjoy