Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Guilt Free Banana Oatmeal Cookies

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These low calorie cookies may help satisfy a dieter's sweet tooth. These cookies could also be a quick breakfast for busy kids and parents on the go.



What you need: Recipe yield 24 cookies

  • 2-3 ripe bananas
  • 2 1/4 Cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 Cup canola oil
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 Cup dried fruit
    • Optional- nuts, powdered peanut butter, or chocolate chips (although the dietitian in me says "no to the chocolate chips", the human-being in me says "they taste really good").  
      • Back to being a dietitian... if you add the chocolate chips,  I would not recommend eating them for breakfast.


Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a large bowl, mash the bananas. Stir in oats, oil, egg white, vanilla, and optional ingredients.
  3. Mix well, and allow to sit for 15 minutes. If you do not let them sit the oats will not absorb the oil and egg. It would be like eating oat meal before you cooked it. In other words, do not skip this step.
  4. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes

Nutrition Facts (without optional ingredients): 1 cookie contains 55 calories, 3g total fat, 0g saturated fat, 2g monounsaturated fat, 1g polyunsaturated fat, 5g total carbohydrate,  1g fiber, <1g protein, 30mg sodium


This recipe was modified from the section Cookies For Calorie Counters on allrecipes.com

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