These healthy, vegan cookies are really quite good.  They’re almost like a soft chocolate chip granola bar, but better.  I make them whenever I have a cookie craving and some over-ripe bananas laying around.  They are packed with nutritious ingredients – like oatmeal and almonds – and contain very little fat since mashed bananas are substituted for the majority of the oil.  These can be made gluten-free by using certified GF oats, and can be made vegan by using dairy-free chocolate chips.

This recipe is adapted from a recipe on the great 101cookbooks blog.

Healthy Vegan Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

3 large ripe bananas, mashed (about 1 ½ cups)
1 tsp vanilla extract
¼ cup coconut oil, barely warm – so it isn’t solid (or substitute olive oil)
2 cups rolled oats
2/3 cup almond meal
1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp kosher salt
1 tsp baking powder
6 oz mini vegan chocolate chips (chopped dark chocolate chunks)

1.            Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper or Silpat and set aside.

2.            Combine the bananas, vanilla and coconut oil in a large bowl and set aside. In another bowl, whisk together oats, almond meal, shredded coconut, cinnamon, salt, and baking powder.  Add dry ingredients to banana mixture and stir until just combined.  Fold in the chocolate chips.

3.            Using a 1” spring-loaded scoop or two Tablespoons, drop mounds of dough an inch apart onto prepared baking sheet.  Bake for 12 – 15 minutes, or until the bottoms are lightly browned, but not at all burnt.

Makes about 2 dozen