Few foods top my list of something I could eat every day and never get tired of.... banana's being one of them. Unfortunately, with 27 grams of carbs for one medium banana, it's a fruit I must eat in moderation.
But on those days, when I'm feeling the need for a little extra potassium, and something to satisfy my sweet tooth in a natural healthy and lower carb way... These banana nut cookies sure do the trick! ;) With flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg and spices swirling around in my mouth as I bite into one of these chewy delicious cookies... visions of falling leaves, cute boots, and football come to mind. Hope you will enjoy them as much as I do :)
These cookies are gluten free, with no added sugar, high in protein and so easy to make!
Banana Walnut Chews
- 1/2 cup dates
- 2 whole bananas extra ripe
- ½ cup walnuts (separate 1/4 cup and set to the side)
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp carmel extract
- 1/2 tsp Nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp Clove
- 2 scoops of Level 1 vanilla ice cream protein powder
- 1 cup oatmeal (cooked in little water)
- 1/4 cup dried bananas ----- for the topping
In food processor blend dates and nuts until roughly chopped.
Chop the bananas into slices before adding them into the food processor, add in the vanilla and carmel extract and the spices. Pulse the blender until bananas have been mixed in with the other ingredients. (chunks of bananas is okay) Add in the protein powder and cooked oatmeal, the dough will be very sticky at this point, and you may need to mix by hand until ingredients and mixed well together. If need be add a little water. The dough should be a thick chunky batter. With a spoon scoop out dough onto a greased baking pan lined with a cookie sheet. Top with dried bananas and 1/4 cup of nuts.
Bake in the oven for about 15 minutes at 325 degrees. Remove immediately. Let cool and serve.
(Note if you want more crunchy cookies cook for about 25 min.)
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