Monday, January 10, 2011

Healthy chocolate chunk oatmeal bites

I made great Christmas cookie tins. Look!!

Amazing, right?! I know, i brag. Cut me some slack.....The best part about this tin and the things in it, is that every cookie is nearly sugar free! See the ones on the right with the chocolate chunks in them? I got those from the 101 cookbooks website
These are great, and nearly guilt free! And, just in time for that new years diet regimen. Make these, eat these, and totally don't feel bad because you are still not violating your new years "I'm going to look so hot in a tiny bikini on my honeymoon" resolution! ;)

3 large, ripe bananas, well mashed (about 1 1/2 cups)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup coconut oil, barely warm - so it isn't solid (or alternately i used olive oil)
2 cups rolled oats
2/3 cup almond meal
1/3 cup coconut, finely shredded & unsweetened
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
6 - 7 ounces chocolate chips or dark chocolate bar chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, racks in the top third.

In a large bowl combine the bananas, vanilla extract, and coconut oil. Set aside. In another bowl whisk together the oats, almond meal, shredded coconut, cinnamon, salt, and baking powder. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until combined. Fold in the chocolate chunks/chips.The dough is a bit looser than a standard cookie dough, don't worry about it. Drop dollops of the dough, each about 2 teaspoons in size, an inch apart, onto a parchment (or Silpat) lined baking sheet. Bake for 12 - 14 minutes. I baked these as long as possible without burning the bottoms and they were perfect - just shy of 15 minutes seems to be about right in my oven.

Makes about 3 dozen bite-sized cookies.

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