Chocolate chip cookies are an all-time favorite when it comes to sweet treats! But if you're a person who tries to stick to a clean diet, you may have to limit yourself to only one cookie, if any, when the occasion arises. Fortunately, this recipe is not only a clean version of chocolate chip cookies, it’s also a nutritious one! With ingredients like coconut, banana, and flax seeds, the nutrient content is rich and beneficial to our bodies, allowing the indulgence of chocolate chip cookies much more often.
Choosing dark chocolate chips also has a host of health benefits! Made from the seed of the cacao tree, dark chocolate is one of the best sources of antioxidants on the planet. Studies show that it can improve health and lower the risk of heart disease, and quality dark chocolate is rich in fiber, iron, magnesium, copper, manganese, and a few other minerals! Milk chocolate and others that have added refined sugars will not give you these health benefits.
If you don’t like the bitter taste that dark chocolate can give off, don't worry! The sweetness of the bananas in this recipe makes up for it. And now with the holidays coming up, this is a great recipe to help you stick to clean eating, yet feel like you are having a treat!
- 3 bananas
- 1 cup oats
- 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds
- ½ cup coconut flakes
- ½ cup dark chocolate chips (vegan chocolate chips are available at many health food stores)
Mash bananas in a bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.
Cover an 8x8 baking pan with tin foil. Spray with coconut non-stick spray or grease with coconut oil. Place dough on baking pan and flatten with a spatula to ensure a level thickness.
Bake for 15 minutes (you may need to cook a few extra minutes depending on your oven, but check at 15 min).
*It is possible make into cookie shapes and cook for same amount of time if you prefer. And you can add a scoop of protein powder to up the protein content as you like. Vanilla works great, but if you want your cookies more chocolaty you can always go with the chocolate protein too!
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