About this Recipe
In this vast universe of questions and searching, there are a couple things I know for sure. One of them is that I love cookies. Another (along the same cookie line of thought) is that if a cookie is healthy, quick and delicious, then that recipe will be saved and repeated again and again. THIS recipe is one of those magical combinations of quick, healthy and delicious. The greatest part is that it is only 3 ingredients. When asked, my Grandmother reported that this recipe come from "somewhere on Google", but has been slightly adapted to fit our personal tastes.
1. The recipe calls for 3 small bananas, so if your bananas are large then just use 2.
2. Since the banana size will vary, the amount of oatmeal will also range from about 1 cup to 1 1/2 cups. A great ratio is about double the oats to the amount of banana. To know, you can mash your bananas first, measure and then add about 2 times the oats.
3. Feel free to get creative and add some chopped nuts, or extra chocolate chips.
4. For the most health benefits, chose chocolate chips with at least 70% cocoa content. Cocoa is rich in nutrients that is good good for you! Learn more about the health benefits of good quality chocolate
1 - 1.5 cups large oat flakes
1 cup chocolate chips
Optional: shredded coconut, nuts, sunflower seeds
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or use a silicone baking mat.
3. Mash bananas in a bowl. At this point you can measure how much banana there is in cups, and then add double the amount of oats.
4. Mix in oats and chocolate chips.
5. Use a spoon or cookie scoop to drop about a teaspoon of batter onto lined baking tray.
6. Bake for 15-20 minutes.
7. Remove and let cool before serving.
8. Store in an airtight container in the fridge or on the counter.
Bananas (also known as Musa spp, Musaceae)are grown in many countries around the world and are the 5th most important food crop in world trade.(1)
Are Bananas High in Antioxidants?: Bananas have a variety of bioactive compounds that are highly esteemed for their positive benefits to human health. Many of this is in their antioxidants capacities which act to protect our cells from certain inside and outside stressors. Bananas have been eaten for many years with the belief that they can help to reduce the risk of many chronic disease and the maintenance of general well being. (1)
Banana vs. Plantain? Dessert bananas (which are the yellow bananas we mostly think of) and plantains (their close relations) are classified into 4 types: 1) Eumusa, 2) Rhodochlamys, 3)Australimusa, and 4) Callimusa - depending on their number of chromosomes.
Basic Banana Nutrition: In general one medium banana has about 22% of the daily recommended value for Vitamin B6, 17% daily recommended value for Vitamin C, 12% daily recommended value of potassium, about 3 gram of fiber plus many other micronutrients important for human health.(3)
References: (1) Bioactive compounds in banana and their associated health benefits - A review. Food Chem. 2016 Sep 1;206:1-11. Singh B1, Singh JP2, Kaur A2, Singh N3. Read more.
(2) Banana (Musa spp) from peel to pulp: ethnopharmacology, source of bioactive compounds and its relevance for human health. J Ethnopharmacol. 2015 Feb 3;160:149-63. Pereira A1, Maraschin M2. REad more.
(3) Nutrient profile From Health Canada (Date modified:2018-02-06) Retrieved from: https://food-nutrition.canada.ca/cnf-fce/report-rapport.do Read more.