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NO SUGAR, BUTTER, FLOUR OR EGGS: OAT DROP COOKIES- CLEAN EATING
I have a couple reasons for posting this recipe: first, I have many friends that are vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, nut-free, or have all kinds of dietary restrictions and unfortunatly, many of the recipes on my blog are useless for them. The other reason lies in my household: a little boy who is addicted to cookies and who has NO self control whatsoever when it comes to sweets. It's not like I expect more from a 2 year old but really he LOVES cookies and asks for them all the time. So here is my solution for everyone...No Sugar, Flour, Butter or Eggs: Oat Drop Cookies.
Can I call these cookies? The term "cookies" I am using loosely, considering cookies usually have fat, flour, eggs and sugar and these have none of the above present (other than chocolate chips...I'm sorry, you know me, I have to). I thought about it renaming them but decided against it because...well, they look like cookies, maybe granola bar would be a better fit.
So now that you know what they don't have I bet you are thinking...mmmmm, yummy (insert sarcasm)! Well, actually they aren't bad. I love the tartness of the cherries and of course the chocolate doesn't hurt but by no means do you need to use chocolate. Change the ingredients to whatever you like. Raid your pantry; try sunflower seeds, dried figs, raisins, almonds, mixed nuts, etc.
They are super healthy; chewy and filling. The best part is my children believe they are having a real treat and they love them!
If you like this recipe you may be interested in these recipes as well...
BANANA "SORBET / ICE CREAM"
No Sugar, Flour, Butter or Eggs: Oat Drop Cookies- CLEAN EATING
Adapted from Banana Pecan Granola Bars
Makes 24 cookies
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 cup coconut flakes
1 cup dried cherries, chopped
1/2 cup pecans, chopped
1 cup chocolate chips (I had to!)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3 ripe bananas, mashed
1/4 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Note: I would recommend chopping everything so it is about the same size and binds together nicely.
Preheat oven to 350. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, combine rolled oats, coconut flakes, cherries, pecans and chocolate chips. Stir in allspice and cinnamon and mix evenly.
In another bowl, combine canola oil, mashed banana and vanilla extract. Pour wet ingredients over dry ingredients and stir until combined.
Now take a cookie scoop and press the batter into the scoop and drop on cookie sheet. It should stay together. You can press it into a round cookie cutter if you prefer or even make bars and spread it evenly across the pan. I used a cookie scoop. Remove cookie cutter. Bake for about 20 minutes or until edges are golden brown.
Big sister reading bedtime stories...