Gluten free and vegan? It’s going to taste like cardboard, right? Not so fast.
This recipe comes from the book Clean Food by holistic health counselor Terry Walters. If you’re looking to add more nutrition into the meals you cook, this is a great cookbook for doing just that. Most of the recipes are gluten free, and they’re all vegetarian, if not vegan. But even if you include gluten, meat, and dairy in your diet (like I do), these recipes provide great bases for a delicious and healthy meal. If you want meat, add meat! Got a craving for cheese, throw some in! But at least you’re staring with a super nutritious plant-food base.
Back to the cookies though. These are very tasty, and very satisfying. And they’re gluten free (as long as you use GF oats), get a lot of their sweetness from bananas, and don’t contain any animal products. So yes, for a cookie, they’re healthy. If you’re looking to clean your diet up this year, give these a try. And another great thing? They are so easy to make!
Banana Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 bananas mashed
1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup maple syrup (real kind, no Eggo or Log Cabin)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup rolled oats
2/3 cup brown rice flour (very common in grocery stores now)
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup shredded unsweetened dried coconut
Pinch of salt
1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350º.
In medium bowl, combine wet ingredients (bananas, oil, syrup, and vanilla).
In medium bowl, combine dry ingredients (oats, flour, baking soda, coconut, salt).
Add wet mixture to dry and blend just until combined (when all the dry has become wet, you’re good). Fold in the chocolate chips.
Line cookie sheet with parchment paper (don’t skip the parchment, it makes cleanup a snap), and drop the batter by the heaping teaspoon onto sheet. There’s no need to shape the cookies, bake them as they are. Place in oven and bake for 14 minutes or until lightly browned (they take 17 minutes in my oven).
Remove from oven, and transfer to wire rack to cool. You can transfer them immediately, they hold together really well.
These cookies have a very light, cake-like consistency. Enjoy a few post work-out, or even with your morning cup of coffee. If you want to add more protein to them, incorporate some chopped nuts.
On a side note, if you have a cat that likes baked goods, beware of leaving these to cool on the counter. My grey guy goes BANANAS for these things!