Healthy Valentines Day Cookies

By Crystal Adams

 

 

These cookies are chewy and sweet but are a much more nutritious option as an occasional treat or as a gift for someone who is following a healthy diet. Thanks to the pink and white color, they even look festive for Valentine’s Day!

This is a very simple recipe, using items I always have on hand. It is still a treat, and you still
have to be mindful of your overall calorie intake, but this is a much healthier option to get your
cookie fix. The cookies are sweet but won’t spike your blood sugar like many other cookies and
the ingredients are all very filling, so even one or two cookies will be enough to satisfy you.
The base ingredients are your bananas, oats and nut butter. The add-ins for this recipe are
your raspberries and white chocolate chips. You can modify the add ins to this recipe to create
many different flavor cookies.

Ingredients:
2 ripe bananas
1/3 cup peanut butter (or other nut butter)
1 1/2 cups quick oats
1/2 cup raspberries (can use dried instead of fresh)
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
Mash bananas and mix in peanut butter and oats. When these three have been thoroughly
combined, stir in the berries and white chocolate. Scoop out in spoonfuls. For a crisper cookie
bake a couple of minutes longer and flatten out cookie dough before baking. Bake at 350
degrees for 15 minutes and enjoy! These cookies are delicious and thanks to the oats, peanut
butter and bananas, they are filling. These will satisfy your sweet tooth but have much healthier
ingredients than a typical cookie. You can also use powdered peanut butter or sugar free white
chocolate chips to reduce the fat and sugar content even further!

Here some ideas for different add ins to make lots of different cookie recipes:
Try different flavors of nut butters or sunflower seed butter
Add in different types of nuts (walnuts, almonds, pecans, macadamia nuts, pistachios)
Dark chocolate, mint chips, coconut, cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread spices
Fresh and dried fruits: blueberries, raisins, cranberries
Add in flavored protein powders, use pumpkin instead of bananas

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One of my favorite variations is to use dark chocolate chunks, almonds, and coconut to make
the flavors of an almond joy.
Cinnamon and raisins are a great choice for a traditional oatmeal raisin cookie.
Dark chocolate and cranberries make a great combination around Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Make an iced oatmeal cookie by adding in small amounts of water to vanilla protein powder and
stirring until mixture is thin enough to drizzle over top of cookie once it is cooled.
Enjoy!