Cookies, cakes, chocolate always refer to something delicious but as well as to something that can bring our body extra calories. Therefore, most people are starting to limit their intake if they want to keep a normal weight index. However, there is still a way how we can indulge our cravings for this type of food and that can be done in a healthy way.
The recipe that we are about to present is one hundred percent healthy and it will provide you with tasty cookies which you can eat without the feeling of guilt. This recipe includes only 3 ingredients: bananas, oats, and cocoa powder. You can as well as add raisins or nuts for more flavor and texture, but this is really up to you as the 3 ingredients alone are also enough.
The Benefits of the Used Ingredients:
This tropical fruit is packed with soluble and insoluble fiber. The content of soluble fiber will slow down the digestion and thus offer you the feeling of satiety for a longer period of time. In addition to all this, the consumption of bananas which are high-fiber foods can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and coronary heart disease, as per a conducted study by the University of Leeds in the UK.
Bananas are also abundant with essential vitamins and minerals like magnesium, iron, potassium, calcium, manganese, folate, niacin, riboflavin and vitamin B6. These nutrients are very important for the proper function of the body.
Anemic people benefit a lot from the consumption of bananas as they are packed with iron.
Oats also have in their content soluble and insoluble fiber. The content of soluble fiber will reduce the cholesterol levels and regulate the blood sugar. On the other hand, the insoluble fiber will improve the intestinal transit by lowering the constipation and enhancing the intestinal health.
These food products will provide you with vital nutrients like thiamine, magnesium, manganese, selenium, phosphorus, zinc, and iron.
The cocoa has 40 times more antioxidants than blueberries. It shows an amazing ORAC index of 98,000 for 100g, in a comparison to only 2400 for blueberries. What is ORAC? It shows the ability of antioxidants to absorb the harmful free radicals which can cause severe diseases like cancer.
This product is the richest source of iron, with an impressive 13.9 mg per 100 g. If you want to optimally use the iron, make sure to combine it with vitamin C.
Recipe of Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies
Serving: 15 cookies
1 cup of quick-cooking oats
*** If you are allergic to gluten look for gluten-free oats as some oatmeal may be have traces of wheat.
2 large ripe bananas
2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa
Optional use: cinnamon raisins, dried cranberries, diced raspberries, cocoa nuggets, chopped nuts, coconut flakes, flax seeds, vanilla, and so on.
First preheat the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit, use the oven tray and cover it with baking paper.
Now start the preparation: in a bowl place the 2 bananas and crush them, then add the 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder and the cup of oats. Mix everything till you form cookie dough.
As you already know the size of the bananas is always different, therefore start with 3/4 cup of oat flakes and if needed add more.
At first the mixture will seem dry, but after a few minutes of mixing with a spoon, it will become consistent dough. Now, you can add the optional ingredients and stir the dough nicely once again.
Take small pieces of the dough and form them into meatballs and then put them on the baking sheet. Form the shape of cookies by flattening the meatballs, bear in mind that the cookies will not change the shape when cooked.
Once, they are nicely molded bake them at 350 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes.
For better forming of the meatballs use some coconut oil on your fingers and that way they will not stick on your hands.
Your cookies are ready! Enjoy them while they are hot, or simply keep them in a sealed box or in a food bag.