Can you believe week 2 of school is already done! Where did it fly by? Honestly, it feels like a month. We’re pretty exhausted, trying to get back into the swing of things. And of course, always on the hunt for simple, quick and delicious recipes to stay nourished. This banana-date oatmeal cookie recipe has been a family favourite for several years. We make it every few weeks as a scrumptious make-ahead breakfast option. But honestly, it has also served us as a grab and go snack when the kids rush out like tornados to after-school clubs. Prepped in the blender; they’re so easy to make, that even my 11-year old whips them up! They’re so versatile that you can add other ingredients to tweak them to your heart’s desire. We’ve found that dried prunes and apricots, chia or sesame seeds, hemp hearts, and berries work really well.
Now this banana-date combo results in a cookie that’s incredibly soft, unbelievably chewy, absolutely wholesome and oh so good! And better yet, omit the chocolate chips and they have no added sugar! For me, the ripe bananas and dried dates provide all the sweetness that you need. The gooey, chewy texture makes this the perfect healthy cookie! What’s not to LOVE? Just bung it in, blend, spoon out and bake! Can it get any better than this? Oh yes!!
Oats – A Nutritional Powerhouse
Regarded to be a nutritional powerhouse, oats are a wholegrain. They’re packed with fibre, vitamins, minerals, healthy fats and antioxidants. Here are my top reasons why we should be eating more oats:
- Good for the heart! Oats contain a type of fibre called beta-glucan. Research has shown that these beta glucans reduce cholesterol levels – specifically LDL-cholesterol
- Reduced risk of colorectal cancer! Researchers in Britain and the Netherlands have discovered that a high fiber diet, from whole grains, such as oats is linked to a lower risk of colorectal cancer.
- Healthy digestive system! Eating more fibre helps keep your digestive system healthy and prevent constipation.
- Lower risk of dying! According to a recent study from Harvard, researchers discovered that people who ate 70 grams/day of whole grains, compared with those who ate little or no whole grains, had a lower risk of premature death.
- Healthy weight! The fibre in oats can help to keep fuller for longer, and thus helps with maintaining a healthy weight.
So simple, and so loaded in flavor and goodness! Now did you know that October is National cookie month? Haha, how amazing is that for those with a sweet tooth?! That would be everyone in my family 🙂 Now you have no excuse but to bake these! Give it a try. I can’t wait to hear how it goes!
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- The FASEB Journal. The Effect of Oat Beta-Glucan on Clinical Lipid Markers for Cardiovascular Disease Risk Reduction: A Systematic Review & Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials, 2016; 30:1 Supplement 289.5. Available from: http://www.fasebj.org/content/30/1_Supplement/289.5.short. Accessed on Sep 13th 2016
- British Medical Journal. Whole grain consumption and risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, and all cause and cause specific mortality: systematic review and dose-response meta-analysis of prospective studies, 2016; 353. Available at: http://www.bmj.com/content/353/bmj.i2716. Accessed on Sep 13th 2016.
- Harvard T.H Chan News. Eating more whole grains linked with lower mortality rates. Available at: https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/press-releases/whole-grains-lower-mortality-rates/ 2016, Accessed on: Sep 14th 2016
Blender Bliss Banana-Date Oatmeal Cookies
- 3 banana large, ripe
- 1 cup dates pitted
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- salt pinch
- 1 tbsp cacao powder
- 2 cup oats steel cut
- chocolate chips optional (not included in analysis)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C)
- Line the baking tray with parchment paper
- Blend together all the ingredients (I use the Vitamix blender), except the oats into a smooth mixture
- Add 1 cup of oats and blend for 10 secs
- Add the second cup of oats and blend for an additional 5 secs
- Spoon out on the parchment-lined baking tray. The cookies should be two inches apart
- Bake in the oven on the middle shelf for 10 mins
- Rotate the tray and bake for an additional 5 mins
- Let them sit on the hot baking sheet for five minutes before serving