choc-banana oat cookies

mm there are so many more delicious, eye-catching ingredients in these biscuits but i didn’t want to overload you all – you will find out about them soon enough. these babies are the result of extensive googling, as i was craving something to have my with cuppa but didn’t want to fall into the trap of the buttery, sugary headache that is commonly called the ‘3pm slump’ – that and the fact that it was only 9.30am and thought that title to be most ill-fitting. so, google i did, and found a few nasties parading as healthy (i.e. ‘healthy oat cookies’ – ok just because they have oats in them doesn’t make up for the 1 cup of white sugar) but eventually tripped over these. light, crunchy, full of goodness – i was cured of my cravings by 10.30am. and again at 3pm, then once more at 4pm. so good! couldn’t resist, and felt that was ok because they were sorta-good-for-you-cookies .

the recipe itself didn’t include the chocolate drizzle on top – but man, it really took the deliciousness to another level. a level on which you are bumping shoulders with the cocoa bean, but not reeeeally getting to know him, because remember, we are trying to be healthy here (although dark chocolate is considered, especially in my books, to be great for your health). i totally recommend getting your hands on some good cold pressed, unrefined, virgin coconut oil, as it’s one of the oils that has a high smoking point – meaning you can fry, bake, do whatever you please, and it won’t go all free-radical on you. its great to use on your skin also, leaving you feel like you’ve just left the beach (remember the tanning oil with coconut in it?).

so alas, here is the super easy recipe – no eggs, no flour…just dried fruit, some seeds, oats and coconut…all bound together with the wonderfruit, bananas!

choc-banana oat cookies (adapted from The Healthy Chef)

you’ll need…

150 g mashed ripe banana
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
200g/2 cups rolled oats
50g desiccated coconut (i used 25g coconut and 25g chia seeds – the crunch the seeds imparts is great)
60g sultanas (or any other dried fruit – i used dried figs, chopped up)
90g honey
60 ml (1/4 cup ) olive oil

~100g dark chocolate, melted (for drizzling on cookies once baked)

here’s what you do…

1. preheat oven to 150 C (fan forced – if not fan forced, maybe 160-170C)

2. mix all ingredients until it comes together – then make go ball sized biscuits and flatten them slightly on the baking tray.

3. bake for 30 minutes or until brown.

4. drizzle chocolate onto cookies in whichever fashion you so choose – then resist the temptation to gobble them up. enjoy!

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