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After spending a few weeks on the west coast and a few days in New Orleans, it’s time to pay the piper and address the issue of my jeans and how they don’t quite fit anymore! I ate (and drank) my way from Oregon to California and pretty much all the way around New Orleans and I have to face the fact that it’s time to cut back for a little while.
So, I decided to make some cookies! Not just any cookies mind you, healthy cookies from the Skinny Girl website – cookies with banana and oats in them. I’m not going to claim that these are the best tasting cookies I’ve ever made, but they are probably the healthiest and I really need a little help in that department right now. Here’s how to make them:
1 1/2 cups oat flour
3/4 cup rolled oats
1/2 t baking powder
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
1/2 cup raw sugar
1/3 cup chocolate chips
1 t canola oil
1/3 cup soy milk (I used 2% cow’s milk)
1/2 cup banana puree
1 t vanilla extract
First I made my own oat flour since I didn’t have any lying around. I just pulsed 1 1/2 cups of oats in the blender until they were more flour-like. It doesn’t matter if they are perfectly ground since you are also adding oats later in the recipe.
Combine the oat flour with the baking powder, baking soda & salt in a large bowl
add the oats
and chocolate chips
in another bowl, mix the milk, canola oil, banana puree and vanilla
add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, mix thoroughly. Drop with an ice cream scoop onto a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake for about 12 minutes (depending on the size of your ice cream scoop).
What I liked about these was that even though they are lower in fat and calories, they don’t have any strange artificial ingredients in them. Again, they weren’t the best cookies I’ve ever made, but they were satisfying and helped tame my sweet tooth while I’m trying to be good for a few weeks. Given the fact that one of the new kitchen items I had shipped from New Orleans was an ice cream maker (what? You haven’t heard of Cajun ice cream?), don’t expect this healthy lifestyle of mine to last forever! Just until my jeans fit again…