Healthy Cookie Bites

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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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Errign November 3, 2010

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

ah yes super charge me cookies are a classic!

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Katie November 3, 2010

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

healthy cookies are the best kind :) looks great

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Stephanie Rose November 3, 2010

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

gluten-free, horray!

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Lori November 3, 2010

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Melissa @ I Never Imagined November 7, 2010

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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erin September 2, 2013

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

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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