Healthy Cookie Bites

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on November 2, 2010

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It is no secret that I looooove me some cookies.

In fact, Eric calls me the vegan cookie monster.

Almost every night after dinner I take a couple cookies out of the freezer while Eric boils some water in the kettle. We enjoy a cookie with our piping hot tea and we catch up. This has become a nightly ritual as the weather gets chilly and we resist every urge to crank up the heat. Our NCIS-a-thons now require a couple extra blankets and a furball who is content to sleep at my feet.

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Or in a box…

I’m not just any cookie monster though, I like delicious and wholesome cookies. [Eric always did say I have high expectations…]

Glancing at my recipes page, I have made plenty of healthy cookies over the past two years, such as…

 

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All delicious, all wholesome.

Last night, I whipped up a healthy cookie recipe from 101 Cookbooks that I have been meaning to try for a while.

I will not rest until I have made every healthy cookie alive! muhauha.

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Healthy Cookie Bites

These bite-sized cookies do not contain any added sugar, dairy, flour, or eggs. Because they are not overly sweet, they make a wonderful everyday cookie and pair well with almond milk, tea, or hot cocoa. No sugar crashes here!

Adapted from 101 Cookbooks.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 large, ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, warm (or olive oil)
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup almond meal (ground almonds)
  • 3 tbsp coconut, finely shredded & unsweetened
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp fine grain sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips or dark chocolate bar chopped

 

Directions: Preheat oven to 350F. In a large bowl mash the bananas, and then mash in the vanilla and softened coconut oil. Set aside. In another bowl whisk together the oats, almond meal, shredded coconut, cinnamon, salt, chocolate, and baking powder. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until combined. The dough is very loose and does not hold together well, but don’t worry about that. I took a couple tsp of the dough in my hand and gently formed a ball and squeezed it together as much as I could. Place 1 inch apart on baking sheet. Bake for 14 minutes until bottoms are golden. Let cool for about 20 minutes to set. Makes about 17 bite-sized cookies.

Nutritional info: (Approx. per bite, makes 17 bites): 59 kcals, 2.8 grams fat, 1 gram protein, 2 grams sugar, 1 gram fibre.

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Gather up the beautiful, wholesome ingredients…

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Bonus points for spotty bananas!

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First, mash up the bananas with the softened coconut oil and vanilla.

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In a separate bowl, whisk together your dry ingredients.

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Add dry to wet or wet to dry. It really makes no difference here.

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Mix.

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After mixing, you will notice that the mixture does not stick together like traditional cookie dough.

Fear not!

For You, are a baking goddess.

I took a couple teaspoons of the oat mixture and gently pressed it into a ball with my fingers. The oat mixture falls apart a bit, but all will work out in the end.

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I made 17 cookie bites.

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Bake for about 14 mins. at 350F. The bottoms will be slightly golden brown.

Let them cool for about 20 mins. so the cookies can firm up a bit. These are delicate bites!

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They are irresistibly cute.

At first taste, I wasn’t sure if I loved the cookies, but they grew on me after I got used to the subtle sweetness. The chunks of chocolate are key in this recipe and add a little oomph. After my second bite, I was hooked and really appreciated that they were more of a snack cookie and not a dessert cookie.

I say, there are times for snack cookies and there are times for dessert cookies.

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When I told Eric I made cookies ‘without sugar’, he said, ‘That is disturbing.

After trying them, he said they were ‘good, but could be a bit sweeter’.

While I agree that they aren’t your typical sweet cookie, I think they serve the purpose of an everyday, healthy cookie. For that reason, I wouldn’t change them too much! if you can appreciate a wholesome taste, you will enjoy these bites a lot. :)

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After I enjoyed a few, I popped these into the freezer for quick snacks during the week.

By the way, they are fun vehicles for nut butter hats too!

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Do you have any ‘go-to’ cookie recipes that you make time and time again or do you tend to try something new each time?

I tend to try a new recipe each time, mostly for the sake of new blog content. ;) But, I often look at recipes in my archives and I always find myself saying, ‘It has been way too long!’

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Rebecca November 2, 2010 at 9:58 pm

I like using a plain biscuit recipe that I can add things too, I love spiced cookies or just plain coconut cookies.
Could you taste the banana in the cookies? I don’t really like a strong banana flavour.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) November 3, 2010 at 12:55 pm

Yup you can taste the banana, it’s not overpowering thought I wouldnt say :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) November 3, 2010 at 12:55 pm

oops I meant though

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Jennifer P November 2, 2010 at 9:59 pm

I love the recipes over at 101cookbooks as well. Have you tried making the oatmeal carrot cookies? They’re one of my favourites! :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) November 3, 2010 at 12:55 pm

No but I want to try those too!

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Tricia November 3, 2010 at 2:46 pm

Yes you MUST make the Oatmeal Carrot ones – they are AMAZING!

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Kristy @ KristyRuns November 2, 2010 at 10:03 pm

Cookie bites + nut butter hats = awesomeness! :)

I like to switch it up when I bake cookies. Sugar, chocolate chip, pb…they’re all great. ;)

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Dorry November 2, 2010 at 10:05 pm

oh these look good! I usually stick to a recipe that I already have the ingredients to make. flourless PB or oatmeal raisin.

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Allie (Live Laugh Eat) November 2, 2010 at 10:06 pm

Mmmmm! I love your ritual with Eric–too cute. I made something similar but with just dates, bananas and oats. I couldn’t stop eating the batter–like eating oatmeal with your fingers.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) November 3, 2010 at 12:56 pm

It is totally oatmeal in cookie form! :)

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Holly @ couchpotatoathlete November 2, 2010 at 10:09 pm

I wish Jason and I had cookies/tea every night — how nice that you two do that!

For cookies I stick with the flourless PB cookie: just sugar, egg and PB or the tollhouse choc chip cookie recipe. I’m not too picky :)

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Maria November 2, 2010 at 10:10 pm

My go-to is good ol’ oatmeal raisin, and as of late, I finally found my perfect chocolate chip recipe that do not turn into flat disks of doom. I LOVE cookies too :D

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Jessica @ The Process of Healing November 2, 2010 at 10:14 pm

Those sound so good! and I’ve been looking for a new healthier cookie recipe. I LOVE super charge me cookies, they never get old!

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Katheryn November 2, 2010 at 10:14 pm

Yummy! This looks like the perfect cookie for the kids after school snack. Thanks for the recipe and great pictures!

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Katy @ A Healthy Shot November 2, 2010 at 10:26 pm

My boyfriend and I had a similar ritual with tea and ‘Nice cookies’ while we were in Australia for a few months…somehow it didn’t stick once we got home.
I usually have a go-to scone recipe that I typically make rather than cookies, but your recipes have had me branching out lately :) These look delish!

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Ashley November 2, 2010 at 10:31 pm

These look perfect!!! I love hearty cookies so much. Your little ritual is adorable. You still haven’t turned the heat on?? Wow..you’re good!! :) xoxo

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Angela (Oh She Glows) November 3, 2010 at 12:56 pm

haha no we have the heat on, but it is still pretty cold inside! our windows let out so much heat. Will need to get new ones down the road…

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Stefanie November 2, 2010 at 10:35 pm

Ohh these look and sound delicious!! I don’t really have a go-to cookie recipe, simply because I love trying new things! I could see myself making these healthy cookies over and over again though! :)

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Amanda (Eating Up) November 2, 2010 at 10:36 pm

Those are adorable! Food that looks good always tastes better too!

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Charlie November 2, 2010 at 10:45 pm

I do exactly the same as you!
There are so many recipes I want to try that I rarely make a recipe I’ve already made (unless I’m really craving it).
And sometimes I think about making an old recipe and end up making a new one because I really want to post a recipe :).

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Hannah (Running In Freedom) November 2, 2010 at 10:46 pm

My favorite cookie right now is the pumpkin oatmeal one from the post punk kitchen. Except I make it a little healthier by swapping the oil and applesauce and using a little less raw sugar. I eat them for breakfast! And maybe a snack later :) These look like they could be a yummy breakfast cookie too!

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Paula November 2, 2010 at 10:47 pm

I love putting cookies in the freezer for later. It keeps them fresh and spares you in that moment that you must have sweets. I call this time of year, kitty-cuddle weather. ;)

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Allison @ Food For Healing November 2, 2010 at 10:51 pm

aw i want cookies, being on a more restricted diet is so hard! But i just gotta think Mexico…. Mexico…!

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Maddie November 2, 2010 at 10:54 pm

Yum! Those look great. I usually always try different cookie recipes to mix it up. Although if I want oatmeal raisin cookies I always use your recipe! I’ve made them many times for parties and friends and everyone loves them.

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hippierunner November 2, 2010 at 11:02 pm

My go to cookie recipe consists of throwing oatmeal, choc chips and mashed very ripe banana together!

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Candice @ ChiaSeedMe November 2, 2010 at 11:10 pm

love the nut butter hats!

I usually go back to the same recipe way too much…but I’m trying to work on branching out more!!

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janae @hungryrunnergirl.com November 2, 2010 at 11:12 pm

Those are the perfect size! How cute!! I always fall back on any cookie recipes I grew up watching my mom make:)

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Carbzilla November 2, 2010 at 11:18 pm

I just jumped off the couch and made these! I’m so glad my healthy pantry contains all the ingredients (ok, I stole the banana from my hubbie). Oops, I accidentally add an extra 1/4 tsp of salt so we’ll see how that goes.

It’s a very stressful election night, can you tell?

Remind me to thank you for the recipe this weekend! ;)

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Heidi - Apples Under My Bed November 2, 2010 at 11:18 pm

I’m still experimenting with finding my favourite cookie recipes – so no go-to recipe for me yet. I have been wanting to make these for a while! My recipes are usually quite ‘wholesome’ tasting, so I think i’d appreciate the flavour. Love the nut butter hats too :)
Heidi xo

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Bridget November 2, 2010 at 11:19 pm

Nice recipe :) Anything that goes good with nut butter is okay in my books!

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jodye @ 'scend food November 2, 2010 at 11:29 pm

Chocolate, coconut, almonds, and vanilla– how could you go wrong! These look wonderful, Angela. Thank you for sharing another great recipe. I have some bananas that need using up so I think I”ll be trying these tomorrow!

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Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) November 2, 2010 at 11:46 pm

“I tend to try a new recipe each time, mostly for the sake of new blog content.”–

Oh that’s the cardinal curse of bloggers…always having to come up with something new, and one-up our old recipes. Even when old recipe is perfectly fine. In fact, it’s amazing :) Which is why from this morning’s post about ruts…no girl you’re never in one, ever! You’re always making something new!

I love that this uses ripe banana. I posted last week about a dozen or so of my recipes that start w/ ripe bananas. I dont like bananas plain, but IN recipes, espi in vegan baking, they are key to getting things to stick together sometimes.

I love the links to your older posts/recipes, too….makes me hungry!

These look great and I have made a vegan version of Heab’s Maple Nut Oaties that are similar to your recipe today. I laughed when you said yours were “delicate bites”…my recipe that im thinking of is VERY delicate too.

I have been thinking about you all day. Peace, hugs, blessings, and comfort my friend. oxoxo :)

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Allison November 3, 2010 at 12:15 am

This doesn’t have MUCH to do with cookies but OMG Angela you are on the HOME PAGE of Foodbuzz!! Congrats!

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Casey Thomas November 3, 2010 at 12:19 am

Healthy cookies are fab!! I make them for gifts for people – raw and cooked cookies.

I actually made some cookies with a seriously secret ingredient the other day. It’s pretty cool :) http://lifestyleraw.blogspot.com/2010/11/i-have-secret-to-share-with-you.html

Hope you can check them out! :)

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Megan @ Healthy Hoggin' November 3, 2010 at 2:12 am

I’m a total cookie monster, too! I love trying new recipes, as well, but my “go-to” healthy cookie recipe is for my Detox Raw Macaroons! (recipe here: http://bit.ly/diih8m) They are so easy to make, and are a HUGE HIT with even my non-health conscious friends and family!

I also tried a new-to-me recipe from 101 cookbooks tonight– Heidi’s Roasted Tomato Soup! It’s vegan, and turned out WONDERFULLY! It’s the first “successful” tomato soup I’ve made from scratch!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) November 3, 2010 at 12:57 pm

ohh I will have to try your macaroons!

Her tomato soup sounds fab too :)

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Wei-Wei November 3, 2010 at 3:48 am

I actually think that I’d make this and just eat the cookie batter raw with a bit of honey… ;)

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Bojana November 3, 2010 at 4:26 am

Heh, I actually just read your post and when I noticed I had everything on the cookie ingredient list, I whiped them up in a second – they’re in my oven right now :) What else does one need, when there’s cookies in the world ? ;b

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Angela (Oh She Glows) November 3, 2010 at 12:57 pm

That’s fun!!

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Laura November 3, 2010 at 5:27 am

Oh, ha, these are the ones I emailed you about “pumpkinifying” last week or the week before. And I see you reduced the oil and coconut a bit too. Did you like them with the banana? I still want to make them work out the pumpkin way, but yours look like they held up better.

When I want to make a healthy cookie I always end up making thumbprints. Everyone I know has had them and often request them. But if I’m going for decadent I make lemon bars. In fact, a few friends who have been to my holiday party every year have started to call me Laura Lemon Bar. So I guess that’s the go-to dessert.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) November 3, 2010 at 12:58 pm

I love thumbprints too :)

I was gonig to add pumpkin to this recipe but I was scared as the ingredients weren’t holding together that well…also I think a bit of sweetener may need to be added if pumpkin was added too.

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Laura November 3, 2010 at 2:40 pm

Oh yes, I added maple syrup, but it must have thrown the wet/dry ratio off. Maybe bananas aren’t as moist. Because they were great tasting, but turned really soft after about an hour. I think they need a flax egg and a little more flour of some sort, either the almond or the oat. I’m sure you’d do it better!!!

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Melissa November 3, 2010 at 5:09 pm

Do you ever use stevia as a natural sweetener? I use it all the time, especially in my green monsters! I love stevia, because it’s basically sugar without the calories!

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Eve September 24, 2012 at 2:26 pm

Do you think switching out the banana for applesauce might work?

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Jessica @ How Sweet It Is November 3, 2010 at 5:34 am

I just made some chocolate peanut butter bites that looked just like these. They were so good, I couldn’t stop!

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stacey-healthylife November 3, 2010 at 5:53 am

I love making healthy cookies, so bring on the great recipes.

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chelsey @ clean eating chelsey November 3, 2010 at 6:03 am

Those look great – I usually make something new every time. Usually something you’ve made!!!

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Krystina (Organically Me) November 3, 2010 at 6:22 am

Those are totally adorable. :D

I like trying new recipes; that’s more fun!

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Katie November 3, 2010 at 6:39 am

That is so crazy! Two days ago I was looking all over for a recipe for a cookie that would be safe and I couldn’t find one so I made up my own (I cannot bake AT ALL so I just winged it -improper english(?)-) and this recipe looks A LOT like mine! I couldn’t find a recipe with just oats anywhere. The cookies are so good though, not too sweet but just sweet enough!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) November 3, 2010 at 12:59 pm

Did you have any other ingredients that were different? Im curious as to what else would work in this type of cookie (making sure it held together enough is my main concern!)

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Katie November 4, 2010 at 9:34 am

I just did oats (around 2c I think), walnuts, pumpkin seeds, chopped almonds, (a lot of nuts) and then melted 3 bananas in the micrawave, combined the bananas with 2 applesauce cups and let it cool a little and then mixed everything together. I put in about 1/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips and then baked them at 350 until they felt firm but not dried out (about 20 minutes? they were about 2″ balls). They were sooooo good. Very basic which is good for my cooking skills.

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Lily @ Lily's Health Pad November 3, 2010 at 6:43 am

I love wholesome cookies. I made the raw cookies a few weeks ago and again last night. They make a great pre workout snack! But usually, (for the sake of blog content) I try to make a new recipe every time.

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Joslyn @ missfitbliss November 3, 2010 at 7:00 am

I love the little nut butter hats! So precious;)

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Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes November 3, 2010 at 7:01 am

I love healthy alternative to sweet treats. These look great and I love the nut butter topping!

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Pure2raw Twins November 3, 2010 at 7:03 am

I love wholesome flavored anything, so these cookies are perfect! I have a ton of recipes too that I love to go back and make a different way ;) I hope all is well!

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Nicole (Picky Nicky) November 3, 2010 at 7:12 am

I love how you distinguish snack cookies from dessert cookies! It’s so true!

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Kristy November 3, 2010 at 7:12 am

You made a very good point with identifying people who can appreacite “wholesome cookies”. It is not until I changed my views that I was able to enjoy sweets that didnt make my teeth cring in horror. :-) Your nightly tea and cookies routine warms my haert, like something you would see in a movie…

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Angela (Oh She Glows) November 3, 2010 at 1:01 pm

Im glad you can appreciate it! I guess everyone has different tastes, but I find now I can really appreciate subtle sweetness in some recipes. Of course other times I just want the super sweet stuff now and then too. :) Its a good thing that cookies can be adapted so well to fit my mood.

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[email protected] November 3, 2010 at 7:18 am

I like cookies without a lot of sugar in them too. I like using sweeteners other than sugar when i do use them- honey, maple syrup, molasses, etc. At least there’s a little bit of nutritional value to those! I’d eat those cookie bites.

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Emily November 3, 2010 at 7:22 am

Ahhh these look soooo good, and I love healthy cookies that I can eat guilt-free. My go-to cookie these days has been my pumpkin oat craisin cookie because I know it’s somewhat healthy (although it has a good amount of sugar) but I like the idea of a banana being the sweetener :)

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Tracey November 3, 2010 at 7:24 am

These look so good! Almonds and I don’t always get along, though. Would it be possible to use another nut?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) November 3, 2010 at 1:02 pm

I’m not sure about using another nut in here. I did think about it. Perhaps cashews? Pecans?

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Silvia November 3, 2010 at 7:32 am

Oh, these are my favorite cookies! Nikki’s healthy cookies — typically, no one notices that they are without butter or eggs or sugar. People just stare at me, “what? how come they are so good?” ;-)

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Liz @ Blog is the New Black November 3, 2010 at 7:52 am

For me, cookies don’t have to be healthy… but bonus if they are! :)

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Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman November 3, 2010 at 8:06 am

I can’t stick to one recipe, mainly because I always feel like something new. These look so good. I love the idea of settling down with tea an cookies for your shows. So cute.

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Maryea @ Happy Healthy Mama November 3, 2010 at 8:21 am

Like you, I’m always trying new cookie recipes. I just bookmarked this one as it looks delicious! I’m always looking for healthy cookie recipes for my 2 year old and sweet-obsessed husband. :-)

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat November 3, 2010 at 8:27 am

My family has a Christmas cookie recipe that gets made at least a couple of times every holiday season – they’re sort of like a ginger cookie with molasses and cinnamon. I plan to test out a healthier version this Christmas. Your healthy cookies look delicious, and I LOVE that photo of Stetchie! <– hope I spelled that right!

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Jenny November 3, 2010 at 8:35 am

I have a delicious pumpkin cookie recipe that I LOVE to make, i cut out most of the sugar and they’re still lovely! These cookies look great!

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Jess @ Forever Addicting November 3, 2010 at 8:42 am

These look great! I love bite size snacks, especially in cookie form ;) These seem like a wholesome, yet tasty, pick-me-up snack. I’ll add them to my “to bake” list :)

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Alina @ Duty Free Foodie November 3, 2010 at 9:00 am

My cat always sleeps in boxes as well! Any time I bring home a box or interesting looking bag or, you know, my gym bag, he is guaranteed to claim it as his. I like trying new recipes for reduced-sugar cookies – always trying to get my cookie fix without going into a sugar coma.

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tina November 3, 2010 at 9:07 am

these look delish- and theres so many variations you can make on them! love it!!!!

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Corey @ the runner's cookie November 3, 2010 at 9:18 am

Yum! I love not-so-sweet cookies that are suitable for breakfast and snacks :) Every time I make cookies my boyfriend asks “So are these breakfast cookies or dessert cookies?”

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Camille November 3, 2010 at 9:21 am

These look like a winner! I love me some cute cookies :)

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Beth @ DiningAndDishing November 3, 2010 at 9:34 am

I tend to always try new recipes. There are just so many delicious options, I can’t settle on one!

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Nikki T November 3, 2010 at 9:46 am

Mmmmmmm! Can’t wait to try these little cookie bites out!
I like snack cookies more than dessert cookies- I’m finding as I get older I don’t love really sweet things as much :)

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Lizz @ Leading the Good Life November 3, 2010 at 9:48 am

I look at what I have on hand and go from there. Baking is usually a spontaneous thing for me, so I have to strike when the urge hits. I hate running to the store because I don’t have all of the ingredients!

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Laura November 3, 2010 at 10:11 am

snack cookie, dessert cookie, love it! i made these a few months back and wasn’t too impressed, but if i would have thought of them as a “snack cookie” i might have enjoyed them more!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) November 3, 2010 at 1:03 pm

I agree! I think it is all in your perspective of what kind of cookie it is supposed to be. That’s why I tried to be clear that these are more of a healthy snack to enjoy with a delicious tea or drink, as opposed to something you’d bring to X-mas dinner, ya know? :)

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Julie November 3, 2010 at 10:18 am

I will definitely be trying this recipe for two reasons, it’s wheat free and it’s lower in calories than I thought it would be. Win – Win for my family :)

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Nic November 3, 2010 at 10:20 am

I’ve made these cookies before using the recipe on 101 cookbooks. They were very, very good! Hummm… I think I have some bananas in the freezer right now …. ;)

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monicanelsonfitness November 3, 2010 at 10:20 am

These are my type of cookie! I love the idea of the “bite” to them and not too bug (but I love HUGE cookies too!) I like your idea with nut butter just so slightly finishing the job! You have some really SUPER recipes and I do plan on making these cookies this week. Thanks!

At home, I make the same 2 cookies every week. I keep thinking when my husband and I will get sick of them- but we just crave them more when they are out, we just love them!

I like to make new things all the time but for our own persoanl stash, we make the same 2 batches. ;)

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monicanelsonfitness November 3, 2010 at 10:21 am

“bug” it to mean Big of course! typo!

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Katie @ Healthy Heddleston November 3, 2010 at 10:30 am

These look amazing I can’t wait to try something similar!

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Miranda November 3, 2010 at 10:34 am

Those look wonderful!

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Amber K November 3, 2010 at 10:40 am

Since finding out I have to be gluten-free I haven’t figured out what to do when a cookie craving hits. Luckily, it doesn’t usually hit until Christmastime. I’m much more of an ice cream girl.

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DebZ November 3, 2010 at 10:50 am

Thanks for the reminder! I love this recipe but never think to make it. And I like that it’s not too sweet (you’re right, the chocolate is KEY).

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Gwen~healthymamma November 3, 2010 at 10:51 am

It looks like we have a similar taste for healthy cookies. I actually make a similar version of these healty bites, minus the chocolate plus dried fruit. I also love my quinoa bars and peanutbutter crispies made with puffed millet. Great afterscholl snack or for me to grab n go befor my hikes!

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Carrie (Love Healthy Living) November 3, 2010 at 10:52 am

Brilliant! This looks like a great recipe. When are we going to get a cookbook with all of these fabulous recipes? :)

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Sarah-Mae @ Eat, Run, Knit November 3, 2010 at 11:12 am

Holy warm and fuzzies! The simple thought of curling up on the couch with my sailorman in front of the fireplace with fresh out of the oven cookies just brought a huge smile to my face. I think I just may have to make cookies tonight!
Wonderful post about your `nightly ritual`!

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Michelle S. November 3, 2010 at 11:26 am

I love Dreena’s banana oat bundles from Vive le Vegan. I made a triple batch last night so i can deliver extras to a few neighbourhood moms who have just had babies. They are a great, healthy snack. My kids love them too.

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Megan (Braise The Roof) November 3, 2010 at 11:44 am

You are the most motivated baker I know, Angela! :) I also have a tradition (compulsion?) to eat something sweet in the evening, so I should really start making healthy cookies like yours!

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Melissa November 3, 2010 at 12:07 pm

Spotty bananas are the best kind… These look fabulous and I need to make them now. I’ve been wanting to start a blog, but the thought of having a new recipe every day is so intimidating… You set the bar high!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) November 3, 2010 at 1:05 pm

You don’t need a new recipe everyday by all means…actually most of the ‘big’ bloggers- im thinking smitten kitchen, 101 cookbooks, fat free vegan kitchen…typically have 2-3 new recipes per week. :) I think whatever you can do, even once per week, is fine!

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Madeleine November 3, 2010 at 12:13 pm

Oh my LORD, as soon as I saw the title of this post, I could have jumped for joy (had it not been so early in the am)! Lately, I’ve been craving a new healthy cookie and was thinking you’d be just the person to look to. I can’t wait to give this recipe a go :) Thank you, Angela!

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Laurab @ foodsnobstl November 3, 2010 at 12:23 pm

These will be perfect for my husband! He can’t eat as lot of sugar. Thank you!

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Whitney November 3, 2010 at 12:24 pm

Yum! I bet those would be a great snack before a work out :)

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Jacquelynn November 3, 2010 at 12:30 pm

Hey Angela! I made your crispy chick pea bites last night… soooooo good! I used quinoa flour instead of regular flour, and it was a hit! Thanks for the great recipes :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) November 3, 2010 at 1:06 pm

glad you enjoyed them!

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Erin D. November 3, 2010 at 12:48 pm

Hi Angela! I love your recipes but wondered if you have any suggestions for a banana substitute? I despise bananas but am not super creative when it comes to substitutes–beans, maybe? Thank you and I LOVE your blog! Erin

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Angela (Oh She Glows) November 3, 2010 at 1:07 pm

oh gosh banana subs are so difficult and I am always asked this question! ;) I would try using pureed dates. Add pitted dates to a food processor and a tiny bit of water- maybe 1 tbsp or so- and puree. I’m not sure how much you’d use…maybe 1/2-3/4 cup pureed dates?

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Roz November 3, 2010 at 12:52 pm

The cookies look amazing, and as always, your photos are STELLAR!!!! BTW, your cat is seriously cute!!!!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) November 3, 2010 at 1:07 pm

thank you!

Sketchie says meow

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Errign November 3, 2010 at 12:56 pm

I love to make super-charge me cookies :) and your pumpkin pie banana cookies were good too :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) November 3, 2010 at 1:07 pm

ah yes super charge me cookies are a classic!

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Katie November 3, 2010 at 1:10 pm

I love that you call yourself a cookie monster here – because in my planner yesterday it said it was “Cookie Monster Day”

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Meghan Telpner November 3, 2010 at 1:21 pm

healthy cookies are the best kind :) looks great

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Stephanie Rose November 3, 2010 at 1:35 pm

I’ve been trying to come up with more excuses to eat cookies, and this post just did me in. Thanks, Angela!

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suz November 3, 2010 at 1:49 pm

THANK YOU so much for the recipe – I can’t wait to try it! Been trying to kick sugar recently and made your fab carrot cake scuffins one night after driving to the market around 10 PM out of sheer desperation (talk about addiction, huh) – they are literally saving me from failing. :) YAY!

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AGS November 3, 2010 at 1:58 pm

My husband also calls me the Cookie Monster, and we laughed over this hysterically:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shbgRyColvE&feature=player_embedded

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Clare @ Fitting It All In November 3, 2010 at 2:36 pm

I used to always make oatmeal chocolate chip cookies with cinnamon in high school, but now I like trying out different recipes I find on blogs!

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Olya November 3, 2010 at 2:36 pm

Ohhh… I love your cat! I so much want to have a cat. My husband wants a dog. And we have chickens. And having cat, dog and chickens will mean we need a farm. Lol :)))

Love your recipe!

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin November 3, 2010 at 2:36 pm

I like to make a different recipe each time! Except around Christmas when I always make shortbread with my Nana’s recipe. :D

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Allie (Nutty FlexitALLIEan) November 3, 2010 at 3:29 pm

Mm these look co cute! Do you have any recipes for mini muffins? I love bite sized goodies.

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Mary @ Bites and Bliss November 3, 2010 at 3:57 pm

Love how heatlhy they are!! So I can eat all of them in one sitting, right? ;)

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Sheila Viers | Live Well 360 November 3, 2010 at 4:28 pm

Oh my gosh, I love those cookies!! I don’t remember them not being sweet enough though. Here’s my recipe, altho I didn’t make any changes from Heidi’s version: http://livewell360.com/2009/07/oatmeal-cookies-with-chocolate-banana-and-coconut/ I had one reader tell me this recipe saved her relationship. :-)

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bitt November 3, 2010 at 5:02 pm

gluten-free, horray!

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Lori November 3, 2010 at 6:02 pm

Delicious! I love the chunks of chocolate! I can’t wait to try all the other recipes you have… ok, well at least some. You have too many great ones. I’m thinking pumpkin anything right now. ;)

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Rebecca November 3, 2010 at 6:48 pm

Mmm…I’ve made those cookies so many times. They’re the perfect bite when I’m craving a little sweet! I’ve tried chopped peanuts and dates in them…yummers!
I just love your healthy relationship with food! I have struggled with a love-hate attitude — loving the taste, hating the fear of “overindulging”. Thanks for giving such a balanced and fun perspective on living healthily and happily!

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Janice November 3, 2010 at 7:32 pm

Your healthy cookie bites look awesome. I can’t wait to try them. Your furball in a box looks awesome too :). I work with Better Recipes and am always looking for new ideas and experimenting with different recipes. Christmas cookie time is one of my favorite. This year was a lot of fun with some very interesting results. Check out the recipes for Hazelnut Truffle cookies. You can make them fun and, using cookie cutter, make them in different shapes. Christmas Cookie Recipes

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Ashley k November 3, 2010 at 9:54 pm

OH MY GOODNESS ANGELA! I just made these (late night cookie craving) and my “coconut-hating” fiance asked for more after he gobbled up two. He had 5 total! :)

I added a squirt of agave to sweeten just a tad, but they are fabulous.

Thanks for the delicious recipe!

-Ashley

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j. November 3, 2010 at 11:33 pm

i have to tell you honestly that although i read a lot of food blogs on a daily basis, yours is BY FAR my favourite. reading this post i thought to myself (as i often do), this person is SO incredibly talented. not only are you capable of creating these amazing (vegan! i know from experience that this is not always easy!) recipes on an almost daily basis, but you take the cutest and most interesting photos of them, on their way to creation and as a finished product. your voice is likeable and you’re easy to read, as well. to have all of these things in combination is extremely rare and i just thought you should know. i love your blog and i’ve made tons of your recipes, and they always turn out so well. thanks so much for having such an awesome blog :-)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) November 4, 2010 at 9:49 am

Wow thank you so much, this means the world to me!

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Melissa @ I Never Imagined November 7, 2010 at 8:04 pm

These bites look delicious! If anybody wanted to make them a little sweeter they could always add dates. I always used to looooove white chocolate macadamia cookies, but I haven’t found a vegan version yet :(

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Elle November 8, 2010 at 12:34 am

Wow, I just made these even though I didn’t have the coconut on hand and they were insanely good. My husband–who is not *nearly* as open-minded as Eric–actually liked them. They smelled so good he actually asked for a taste even though I had already told him they were unsweetened and vegan. Can’t even tell you how huge that is!

I made two “mistakes” and subbed coconut butter for coconut oil and ground the oats along with the almonds. Overall, they tasted a bit like a mild, nutty banana bread bite.

I think these might be my new go-to instead of lara bars!

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May Cookie Co. November 8, 2010 at 7:54 pm

The convenient sizes of these cookies make them very snacker-friendly! I like how you differentiated them as a “snack cookie” versus a “dessert cookie.” Love the fusion of granola bar ingredients in a bite-size cookie presentation!

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Jo June 22, 2012 at 10:29 pm

I loved this recipe at first sight! I made it but substituted dried cranberries for the chocolate to add tangy-ness. It is soooooooo good. I would just eat the dough by itself. A great start to my vegan baking phase.

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Amanda July 30, 2012 at 1:51 pm

Hi Angela,

Here is a funny question for you… I absolutely can’t stand the taste of bananas (poor me I know!)… Is the banana flavor really noticeable in these? If so- would it be possible to sub for apple sauce?

Thanks :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) July 30, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Hey Amanda, It’s been a while since I made these so I really can’t remember how much banana flavour is in them. Sorry about that! I think it would certainly come through since it’s the only sweetener..? As for subbig with applesauce, you might be able to sub half of the banana. I tihnk the banana also has some binding powers in these cookies – they are a bit delicate. Maybe some flax added in would help? Let me know if you end up trying anything!

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Annabelle October 31, 2012 at 8:07 am

Another wonderful recipe! I’m now definitely a fan of your blog :)

For those interested, I replaced the almond meal by pumpkin seed protein powder and it came out wonderful!

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Jo June 28, 2013 at 11:57 am

Let me start off by saying that I love everything about this recipe. I’ve only made it about a half dozen times but I’ve done a lot of different things with it. I’ve used chocolate, dried cranberries, pecans, and most recently, vegan butterscotch chips! The butterscotch chips gave the cookies a kind of bananas foster flavor that I love. Thank you for this perfect base recipe for any flavor!
–15 year old baking goddess

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Angela (Oh She Glows) July 1, 2013 at 7:45 am

Hi Jo, So glad to hear you love this recipe so much! Thanks for your feedback :)

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erin September 2, 2013 at 5:30 pm

Just made this tonight and they are really good :) I have eaten healthy for awhile now but decided to ramp it up a bit more and make more foods at home. This is perfect with tea at night. Thanks so much!!

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Pame April 23, 2014 at 10:13 pm

I just made these for my lab mates! I couldn’t resist and had to have one! They were delish. The ingredients make them super unique yet not too sweet but very tasty. I used grounded cashews instead of almonds and it worked out perfectly.

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Meagan September 23, 2015 at 8:52 pm

LOVE this recipe! Was looking around for something quick and easy that would make a perfect breakfast and this is it! I went ahead and added some chia seeds, walnuts, pb 2, flaxseed meal and cocoa powder for a little extra nutrition. Definitely a new favorite!

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Charlotte August 6, 2016 at 10:53 pm

I’ve been making this recipe from 101 Cookbooks for about a year now… Originally it was a good way to use up spotty bananas and the almond meal I strain out of my homemade almond milk. Then I discovered they were a really simple no-sugar-added snack I could pack along for my toddler. I just sub the chocolate chips with raisins for her (still put chocolate in the cookie bites for the adults :) ). Sometimes I remember to add some chia seed for extra crunch and the Omega 3’s. My toddler loves these treats, and so do we!

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Angela Liddon August 8, 2016 at 6:28 pm

I’m glad the cookie bites are a hit, Charlotte! I love how versatile they are.

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