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Sunbutter Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies

Disclaimer: I received the Made In Nature dried cranberries free of charge; however no other compensation was provided for writing this post. All opinions are my own.

These Sunbutter banana chocolate chip cookies are a healthy vegan and nut free snack made with no refined sugars!

These Sunbutter banana chocolate chip cookies are a healthy vegan and nut free snack made with no refined sugars!

Sometimes I feel like a fraud.

I mean, I write a food blog and I teach healthy cooking classes for my job so I feel like I should know everything when it comes to the culinary arts. But I most definitely do not.

Grilling? Nope, no idea. Every time I attempt it I end up with blackened meat. And not the edible kind of blackened.

Artichokes? I stick to the jarred kind because I don’t even know the first thing about preparing the fresh kind.

Homemade meringue? I failed at beating egg whites to stiff peaks FOUR times in my second year university food lab. I gave up for good after that.

These Sunbutter banana chocolate chip cookies are a healthy vegan and nut free snack made with no refined sugars!

I also suck at baking. Unless I follow a recipe to a tee, you can pretty much be guaranteed that my baked good will have some sort of major flaw. Turd-like muffins (according to my dad), flat Irish soda bread, cookies that melt into a giant sheet pan cookie… I’ve done it all. You’d think that taking a course in food science in university and marathoning Alton Brown’s Good Eats would at least make me somewhat baking savvy, but apparently not.

Okay so after confessing my utter lack of skills in the baking department, you’re probably wondering why the heck I’m posting a cookie recipe today. But hear me out. This recipe barely counts as baking because it’s so easy. And because I didn’t jinx myself by calling it baking, these Sunbutter banana chocolate chip cookies actually turned out great!

They’re an oat based cookie with my latest favourite dried cranberries and of course chocolate chips. I bound them together with a mixture of mashed ripe banana and sunflower seed butter and added just a touch of maple syrup for sweetness. All these wholesome ingredients make these a great healthy everyday cookie! Or should I call them a non-cookie just to make sure I don’t jinx myself?

These Sunbutter banana chocolate chip cookies are a healthy vegan and nut free snack made with no refined sugars!

Sunbutter Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies
 
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These Sunbutter banana chocolate chip cookies are a healthy vegan and nut free snack made with no refined sugars!
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Yield: 12
Ingredients
  • 2 small to medium very ripe bananas
  • 2 tsp melted coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp ground flax
  • 3 tbsp water
  • ¼ cup Sunbutter
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 1.2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1.5 cups rolled oats (not quick oats)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • 2 tbsp mini chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. In a small dish or ramekin, mix together the ground flax with water and set aside.
  3. Then mash the bananas well, and mix in the coconut oil, Sunbutter, vanilla, cinnamon, and flax mixture. Stir in the oats, baking powder, maple syurp, cranberries and chocolate chips next.
  4. Using a spoon and wet fingers, shape into 12 small cookies and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  5. Bake in the 375°F oven for 10 minutes, then remove and let cool.
Notes
*If your bananas aren't extremely ripe and you prefer a slightly sweeter cookie, feel free to add some additional maple syrup

These Sunbutter banana chocolate chip cookies are a healthy vegan and nut free snack made with no refined sugars!

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Healthy Oat and Flax Date Squares

Healthy oat and flax date squares with a crunchy whole grain crust and a gooey sugar-free date filling made with no dairy, eggs, or nuts!

Healthy oat and flax date squares with a crunchy whole grain crust and a gooey sugar-free date filling made with no dairy, eggs, or nuts!

This past weekend was a pretty low key one. The weather was gorgeous on Friday, so JZ and I went on a bike ride to the farmers market.  I picked up a gorgeous cauliflower that I’m making risotto with this week as well as the last of the season’s local blackberries. I can’t believe summer is really over!

The skies opened up once we got back, so we spent the rest of the rainy afternoon cozied up with some blankets and a vanilla scented candle while he did some work and I edited these pictures.

After a dinner and falling asleep on the couch in the last 5 minutes of the Leafs game against Detroit, we were in bed by just after 10 pm.

Gosh, that makes me sound old. And my obsession with date squares just adds to my premature senior citizen status. I mean, before getting into blogging, I’d never met anyone under 70 who likes date squares. I love them though! Buttery, crumbly, gooey, and sweet – they’ve got all the components of a perfect dessert.

My version is a healthier twist on the classic dessert, based upon a date flax bar I had at Borough Market in England. These healthy oat and flax date squares are low in added sugar and fat, making them healthy enough to be an everyday snack. Plus they’re free of dairy, eggs, and nuts, so they’re a safe choice for allergies. But the real selling point is all the fibre in these guys! With oats, flax, and dates, there’s tons of the good stuff in these squares to help move things along – if you know what I mean.

… I really do make myself sound old, don’t I?

Healthy oat and flax date squares with a crunchy whole grain crust and a gooey sugar-free date filling made with no dairy, eggs, or nuts!

Healthy Oat and Flax Date Squares
 
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Healthy oat and flax date squares with a crunchy whole grain crust and a gooey date filling. Dairy free, egg free, nut free. Vegan option.
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Yield: 16 squares
Ingredients
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • ½ cup ground flax
  • ¼ cup melted coconut oil
  • 4 tbsp honey
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • ¼ + ⅛ tsp salt
  • 1.5 cups pitted Medjool dates (about 15 dates)
  • ¼ cup boiling water
Instructions
  1. Before getting started, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a 8x8" square baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a food processor, combine the oats and flax, and process until the oats are slightly ground (don't grind them into a flour). Then add the melted coconut oil, honey, vanilla, and salt, and process until everything is combined. Remove mixture from the food processor into bowl, then take about ⅔ of the mixture press it down firmly into the baking pan to form the bottom crust. I spent at least 5 minutes making sure it was very firmly pressed down.
  3. Give your food processor a quick wipe if needed to remove any crumbs, then add the Medjool dates and boiling water. Process until it is a soft, sticky paste. You may need to add more or less water - you want it to be a consistency that you can spread on top of the crust, but isn't too liquidy. When it is a good consistency, carefully spread it on top of the oat and flax crust.
  4. Then take the remaining ⅓ of the crust mixture and sprinkle it evenly on top of the date layer, pressing it down lightly.
  5. Bake on the middle rack of the oven for about 25-30 minutes, then remove and let the pan cool on top of a rack before removing. Cut into 16 squares and store in an airtight container in the fridge for 2 weeks.
Notes
To make recipe vegan, replace honey in crust with brown rice syrup.

Healthy oat and flax date squares with a crunchy whole grain crust and a gooey sugar-free date filling made with no dairy, eggs, or nuts!

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Chocolate almond butter cookies with goji berries and coconut

It’s Valentine’s Day tomorrow! And single or not, I think we can all agree that this holiday rocks because of all the chocolate it brings into our lives. Whether it’s truffles from your significant other, cookies baked by your friend, or caramel Hershey’s kisses that you buy for yourself, it’s impossible to not be surrounded by chocolate on the 14th!

Chocolate almond butter cookies with goji berries and coconut

But I think Valentine’s Day is like birthdays in the sense that it should really be celebrated for longer than just one day. Which is why I’ve been ending my days this week with one or two of these cookies. Made with almond butter, raw cacao, and lightly sweetened with organic cane sugar, they’re a great Valentine’s Day treat that won’t leave you with a sugar hangover. I’m going to save that for the chocolate cake I plan on demolishing on Friday night!

Chocolate almond butter cookies with goji berries and coconut

Chocolate almond butter cookies with goji berries and coconut
 
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Healthy dairy free chocolate almond butter cookies with goji berries and coconut.
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Yield: 12-14 cookies
Ingredients
  • 1 cup natural almond butter
  • ¼ cup raw cacao powder
  • ⅓ cup organic cane sugar
  • 1 free range egg
  • 3 tbsp whole wheat pastry flour
  • 3 tbsp goji berries
  • ¼ cup coconut flakes
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Add the almond butter, cacao powder, cane sugar, egg, and flour to a large bowl and mix with a hand mixer until it is combined. Stir in the goji berries and coconut flakes, then place dough in the fridge for about 20-30 minutes.
  3. Take the dough out of the fridge after the time has passed and roll into 1 inch balls.
  4. Place these on a baking sheet lined with a Silpat or parchment paper, then flatten the balls with a fork using your hands to help shape them if necessary.
  5. Bake for 8-10 minutes, then remove from oven and let cook on a wire rack.

Chocolate almond butter cookies with goji berries and coconut

This recipe is a submission for The Healthy Maven’s Great Valentine’s Day Healthy Bake Off. Be sure to hop on over to her blog on Friday to check out all the recipes that other bloggers have submitted.

Valentine's Day bake off

What’s your favourite form of chocolate to eat on Valentine’s Day?

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