An added bonus for a recipe is if it's frugal in some way - using an ingredient I already have, or one that might otherwise be thrown away. Chances are you might have one or more of these at your house:
After cruising around the internet, I synthesized a recipe that really meets the perfect snack criteria. No added sugar, no flour, no eggs, and aside from the chocolate chips, no dairy. Not that any of those things are bad, necessarily, but if I can make something without allergens, refined foods, or irritants, why not? I bet these would be yummy with walnuts, but my girl is allergic, so I'll leave that experiment up to you. Please try it out and let me know how it goes!
Monkey Bites! (Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies)
- 3 overripe bananas
- 2 cups oats
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil (or you can use butter)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3/4 cup (or about half a bag) chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut
- Preheat oven to 375 F. Lightly grease cookie sheet (or use a Silpat liner - they're awesome!)
- In a large bowl, mash bananas with a fork. Stir in the rest of the ingredients, mixing well.
- Using a spoon and a fork, scoop a largish tablespoon of cookie dough onto the baking sheet. You're going to have to mold it into shape. Mine are about 2" in diameter, and about 1/4" high. Try to make them uniform in size so they bake evenly.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes, depending on how you like them. They won't get really crispy, but you don't want them too squishy either.