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Oaty Banana-Chocolate Chip Cookies

So you want a cookie, right?  Because cookies are wonderful and why wouldn’t you want a cookie?  But maybe you’re a pretty healthy eater, like myself, and want a cookie that won’t leave you feeling sick with sugar overload afterwards.  Maybe, just maybe, you want a cookie that will fit into your typical eating habits and not disrupt your nutritious lifestyle.

Well, here you are.

I love these cookies.  Mind you, these are not traditional bake shop cookies and might be quite a different experience for many cookie go-ers.  Because of the oats, the texture is chunky and chewy, not smooth.  I definitely can see how that could throw you for a loop if you haven’t had a cookie like this before.  I happen to find the texture of them really very satisfying.  They are dense and filling.  They taste like a treat and feel like a hearty snack.

Speaking of taste, the banana and chocolate in these come together beautifully. Chocolate and banana are (in case you didn’t know) very good friends.  I haven’t tried them with a different add-in, but I also suspect that replacing the chocolate chips with dried cranberries or blueberries would also be wonderful.

I think these taste best once cooled.  The sweet from the banana comes through much clearer then.  So, I know many of you love a warm cookie, but definitely wait to try some once they’ve come to room temperature for the full flavor experience.

The bonus, as I mentioned earlier, is that they really are a pretty clean, nutritious cookie option.  Whole wheat, whole grain oats, banana and minimal added sugar makes for a delicious, good-for-you snack.

I made these cookies vegan by using a vegan dark chocolate chip.  You can use milk chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate if you like.  You can also easily play with the size of these cookies.  I made them fairly small for a quick snack, but I think that baking them in larger portions could make for a tasty morning treat.  Eat one alongside a piece of fruit, cup of yogurt, or bowl of nuts and granola and you’ve got a delicious breakfast to start your day!

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