Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Gluten Free Skinny Cookies

Skinny Cookie Recipe

Last week I was desperately craving cookies or some form of dessert that was easy and healthy to make. It's been three weeks now that I have been off of work and while I have been thoroughly enjoying the time off... my scale has not. When I'm working I bring really healthy meals and snacks and because that is all I have with me for a 12 hour period that is all I eat. Plus I am usually super busy and running around and then on my break I go run or walk for 30-40 minutes. I'm just much more disciplined when I have a set schedule.

Being home 24-7 I have access to my fridge and pantry whenever my whim for munching comes on... which is all. the. time. Seriously I am the worst food addict ever... I love food... I enjoy cooking it and reading about it (so many good food blogs!) and coming from an Italian family, food is a huge social thing.

All that to say that I have been trying to find some healthy alternatives to fun foods and I found a great cookie option that I wanted to share with you all! They have a more chewy consistency than cookies but they are still super delicious.

15 minute Gluten Free Skinny Cookies

2 ripe bananas
1 cup gluten free oats (you can use non-GF oats too)
1/4 cup shredded coconut
1/4 chocolate chips or dark chocolate chunks
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Slice your bananas up into a bowl and mash them up well enough that you are able to stir them with a fork.
Stir in your oats, coconut and cinnamon. Add in your chocolate and mix it into the batter.
(I used this fancy dark chocolate from World Market called Brix and chopped it into little chunks) 
Spoon about 1-2 tbsp size cookies onto your nonstick cookies sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes. 
You want the cookies to stick together well enough that they can be removed from the sheet easily with a spatula. Cool on a rack and enjoy your healthy cookies!

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