Are healthy cookies possible? Well, these cookies have no refined sugar and are only naturally sweetened with bananas and applesauce giving them only 4 grams of sugar and 45 calories per cookie. These cookies also skip the butter and eggs making them vegan and free of saturated fat. So, yes, I would say a healthy cookie is possible.
In addition to being healthy, these cookies are delicious. Even without sugar, they are sweet enough to satisfy any sweet craving I have. They are also perfectly chewy with a little crunch from the almonds and little tart bursts from the cherries. They make an excellent breakfast, snack, or dessert.
These cookies are pretty open to substitutions. You could sub pretty much any dried fruit for the cherries and any nut for the almonds. If nuts aren’t really your thing, you can skip them and add an extra 1/4 cup of oats instead.
- 3 ripe bananas, mashed
- 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 3/4 cups rolled oats
- 1/2 cup dried cherries
- 1/4 cup sliced almonds
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350°. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
- Mix together bananas, applesauce, almond milk, and vanilla in a large bowl. Stir in oats, dried cherries, almonds, and cinnamon until well combined.
- Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto lined cookie sheets. Bake 15-17 minutes, until dry. Let cool a couple minutes on cookie sheet then transfer to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.