Wellness Cookies (clean recipe)
I loooove oatmeal raison cookies. They are sweet and hearty and keep you satiated and nourished for hours. I don’t however, like the ones you purchase at the store…they are full of rancid fats and sugar!
So, I was trying to re-create Kelly’s Bake Shoppe ‘Skinny’ cookies, which were created in an amazing vegan bakery in Burlington. Try them if you are in the area. This version may not be exactly like them but they are pretty darn delicious!
I love this recipe a) because it’s easy and b) because the cookies are incredible for post holiday re-training. What I mean by that is that our bodies become reliant on the sugar we have been feeding them over the holidays (in the form of wine, cookies, chocolate, bread) and so instead of just cutting sugar out completely which can leave you with headaches and a feeling of lethargy, you can use these to provide your body with some ‘sweet’ and natural sugars while shifting back to your normal way of eating.
If you still eat refined sugar, you can use these to help you shift away from those ‘white’ products that will rob your body of nutrition and leave your immune system weak for days.
I hope you like them!
4 bananas (roasted)
2 cups oats
1/4 cup almond butter (unsweetened) or any nut butter
1/4 cup cashew milk or any nut milk of choice
Handful of pumpkin seeds, raisins, cranberries, dark chocolate chips or whatever you like that will add sweatness
1 tbsp baking powder
2 tsp vanilla
dash of nutmeg and sea salt
Place whole bananas in skin in 400 oven for about 20 minutes to roast. Meanwhile, mix all other ingredients and let sit until oats soak up liquids. Add more milk if needed. Form into cookie shapes on cookie sheet or put in muffin tin.
Bake at 370 for 20 minutes. Enjoy for breakfast or an after dinner treat.
Oats are high in fibre and keep blood sugar levels balanced. There are loads of studies and research to show you this if interested. Almond butter will amp up the protein content and inject a little calcium into this recipe. Pumpkin seeds are loaded with zinc, the immune boosting mineral. Dried fruit has a good level of iron and the same amount of vitamins and minerals that piece of fruit would have but condensed down into a tiny vessel of deliciousness. When combined, this nutrient dense cookie will provide you with energy energy to keep you going for hours.
Linda Ljucovic, Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Oakville