As some of you know, kicking the sugar habit is a big part of my health and wellness message. The more I learn about sugar (and refined carbs) and what they actually do to the human body, the less I want to eat them.
Sugar and refined carb consumption is now being directly linked not only to diabetes, but also to heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimer’s. Amazingly, by making healthy dietary choices, we can actually help to stave off these diseases and in some cases even reverse them. If you’ve not signed up for my e-Newsletter, please sign up at right and learn more in my e-book “Kick Your Sugar Habit Before Sugar Kicks You.”
Although I choose to limit my sugar consumption, like many of you I don’t want to be entirely deprived of sweet treats. So I’ve been playing in my galley (that’s boat-speak for “kitchen”) and experimenting with several recipes, to come up with this über deliciously-healthy Oatmeal Cookie Recipe!
Healthy-licious Oatmeal Cookie Recipe
I’ve served these to several friends who couldn’t believe they were gluten-free and free of refined sugar. They gobbled them right up!
2 ripe bananas
1/4 cup roasted almond butter or peanut butter
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
1 TBSP Vanilla
1 cup Gluten-free rolled oats OR GF steel cut oats
2/3 cup Gluten-free flour or baking mix (eg: brown rice flour, GF baking mix, etc.)
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 TBSP cinnamon
2 TBSP organic cocoa powder (optional)
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup chopped almonds, pecans, walnuts, peanuts or other nuts (optional)
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips (optional) I used these fair-trade, organic 70% bitter-sweet chips
Preheat the oven to 350°, and lightly grease a cookie pan with coconut oil.
In a medium sized bowl, mash the 2 bananas, and add in the almond butter, melted coconut oil, vanilla, and mix thoroughly.
In another medium sized bowl, combine the GF oats, GF flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and cocoa powder. Mix until combined well.
Pour the dry ingredients into the bowl with the bananas, and mix well. Fold in the shredded coconut, raisins, nuts, and chocolate chips.
Drop by table-spoonfuls onto cookie sheet, about 1″ apart. Bake at 350° for 14 minutes. Makes 18 healthy-licious oatmeal cookies.
Each cookie contains only 4 grams of sugar, most of it naturally occurring from the bananas, raisins, almond butter, oats, (and chocolate chips if you you use them.)