When I cook, I make sure I show myself some love. It’s the best! But there are days that I get lazy or I just need something to snack on in case I won’t be home until late. Let me share with you my easy go to snack. The important thing is that it takes literally less than 5 minutes to make and then you pop it in the oven for a little bit.

Want to see the end product? Here take a look at the pic 🙂

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I’m sure it’s not a surprise for bakers, nutritionists or healthy food lovers. But it’s definitely worth sharing to help share lazy but good habits. You can add a decent amount of ingredients, but most of the time I enjoy the simplicity of it. What are the ingredients?

What you need:

  • Bananas (preferably ripe and sweet)
  • Oats
  • Baking sheet
  • Butter

Apart from literally being the easiest recipe in the world (beside milk and cereal), it has a significant amount of benefits.

Oats:

  • Enhance the performance of the immune system by responding to infections that the body receives.
  • Gluten free for those of us who are sensitive or intolerant to it. (But make sure you read the ingredients, some may contain small amounts of gluten so always double-check!)
  • Reduces hypertension because it’s high in fiber. When there’s high fiber, it helps you keep up a healthy heart and have amazing bowel movements. Yay.
  • You get clearer skin because you’re constantly eliminating toxins.
  • If you want more information about the benefits click here

Bananas:

  • Gives you energy to have higher performances. That’s why endurance athletes include it in their diets.
  • Enhance your mood because they contain tryptophan which is later converted into serotonin (the feel-good chemical messenger)
  • Protects the coating lining of your stomach which is important to help the digestive process
  • High in fiber; because fast bathroom breaks are better than slow ones
  • If you want more information about the benefits click here

So how do we prepare these two ingredients?

Simple:

  1. Mash the bananas until it’s soft and gooey. You should have at least 2 bananas.
  2. Add the oats little by little so that it’s easier to mix and that way you won’t get too many lumps.
  3. Turn the oven to 180°C
  4. Add butter to the baking sheet to prevent the cookies from burn and sticking.
  5. Add little balls of banana and oatmeal. You can flatten them on your hands or put the ball on the baking sheet and flatten them.
  6. Chocolate Chips or add any nuts or extra flavor on top of the cookies for more taste and decoration.

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Tips to make them better:

  • With respect to the amount of oats, add as much as you want. If you want the cookies to be more consistent and thicker, add more oats. If you want the cookies to be softer, add fewer oats.
  • If you want the cookies to be softer, you can try making the cookies thicker. But if you want them well-baked, make the cookies flatter and smaller.
  • You can turn the cookies to get similar texture on both sides after the first 8-10 minutes. (Personally I prefer them slightly burnt on one side and soft on the other side)
  • You definitely can add any other ingredient! Some like to add cinnamon, vanilla extract, strawberries, all kinds dried nuts, coconut water (but don’t let them get soggy), dried fruits, raisins, marmalade, chocolate chips, etc.  The options are endless!

So there you have it! Whether you have time and want to get creative or you’re in a morning rush, you can easily prepare these cookies and take them on the go to snack on. It’s healthy, not fattening (unless you decide to add a lot of extra ingredients) and it will definitely help you calm your hunger. I usually like to eat these before and/or after a workout to give me that boost of energy. Regardless, you don’t have to be a chef to make these cookies. So try them out, take a picture and share it in the comment section below to let us know how they taste and what other ingredients you’ve added. Have fun!

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