Gluten Free, Good For you, Go Figure, Guilt Free, cookies!
OK, I had to give you something to draw you in since Uber healthy cookies might not do it for you! BTW, did you know that uber is a real word? I mean it might be the urban word of the day but for those that would like to know, here is the origin:
(1) German word for "above" or "over" (correct spelling "über")
(2) Became popular in the American language through a German song, re-used by punk bands
(3) Is now used as a substitute for "really" or "very" etc.
Alright, I LOVE these cookies but I have to admit my kids aren't huge fans. I suppose if I pushed fruit loops into the tops they may decide they like them, but that isn't the point of this cookie.
Here is the recipe:
Coconut Banana Cookie Bites: (found in a NuNaturals Stevia recipe book, although I modified it to fit my taste)
1 ripe banana (the riper the better - I usually peel and freeze all my over ripe bananas and pull out when I make banana bread or this recipe)
1 cup almond flour (I use my magic bullet or food processor to finely grind up my almonds into a flour - of course you can always use regular flour but if you are really going for UBER healthy using the almonds is the best.......at least in my opinion!)
1 cup coconut flakes (I use unsweetened)
3 tablespoons coconut oil (heated on LOW just to liquefy)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon (can add ginger, nutmeg, or cloves too)
Here is the "tricky" part. I use Stevia in ALL my baking. (Don't worry, if you ask me to bring a pumpkin pie to Thanksgiving I can use sugar too - I got in a lot of trouble once for bringing a tofu pumpkin pie - heehee) There are SO many different brands out there that are equivalent to different measurements so I'll tell you that it needs to be stevia equal to 1/4 cup of sugar. I have been using my unprocessed GREEN stevia at about 2 tsp to the batch. I actually taste a little of the batter and gauge off that. In general it is sweeter in the batter than being cooked.
Combine all ingredients and blend
Form golf ball size cookie balls (leave plain or roll in options below, also I like to press mine down with a fork)
Also you can do this in a pan and just make bars (GREAT breakfast bars, I have them with a cup of coffee in the morning)
Bake at 350 for 15-18 minutes. (I like to slightly under cook mine so I take it out at 15 min)
Store in refrigerator or airtight container (after you eat a bunch yourself right away!)
Makes about 18 cookies so you might want to do a double batch. :-)
I actually like these even better the next day! I really hope you like them because I think they taste amazing. (that is, for UBER healthy cookies)
This recipe happens to be gluten free! You can add oatmeal instead of the coconut if your not a coconut fan. (or add both coconut and oatmeal!) Although by doing that it is no longer gluten free. It makes a fantastic oatmeal cooking though. Of course you can add chocolate chips or raisins. Here is what I like to do to add variety. (without the sugary chocolate chips invading my healthy cookie, OK I'm really not THAT bad. I'll add chocolate chips if I want.)
Roll cookie ball in powdered unsweetened cocoa and stevia mix.
Roll in unsweetened coconut (coconut has so much sweetness naturally I don;t add any stevia to this topping)
Roll in a ground nut/cinnamon mixture. Zap your favorite nut in the food processor and roll the cookie ball right in it.
VOILA!! If you try these please come back and leave a comment - maybe your favorite variation? Also feel free to leave us a link to your favorite healthy cookie. I have two favorite Gluten Free blog one is Amy @ Simply Sugar and Gluten Free and Elana @ Elanas Pantry. Check them out for amazing GF recipes.