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I could barely wait to eat them!
There's nothing like peanut butter and chocolate and banana all mixed together! It might be one of my all time favorite flavor mixes. XD I also happen to love desserts, and thus this cookie was born with a little pinspiration from this pin that links to the original recipe on Watching What I Eat.

I made my own tweaks to the recipe, including cutting out the carob/chocolate chips and replacing it with cacao nibs. Cacao nibs are little bits of chocolate that are 100% cacao, meaning no sugar or milk have been cut in. They retain all the benefits that people talk about chocolate having, but it's less fattening because it hasn't been altered from it's original 100% cacao state.

The original also called for added chopped nuts, but I left that out in favor of using crunchy peanut butter. I know nuts are a healthy source of good fats, but calories are calories sometimes, and my needed nutrients at the moment didn't include needing that much fat, healthy or otherwise. I've been eating too much avocado, tee hee. Sacrifices, sacrifices.

I also used chocolate protein powder instead of the suggested vanilla because, come on, chocolate goes with peanut butter and banana WAY better than vanilla ever will, hahaha, but I'm biased. I'm a chocolate lover to the max. (^_~) I also doubled the amount of protein powder for the recipe so that it would be a more worthwhile snack.



Monkey Oatmeal Cookies

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Makes 12-14 cookies

Ingredients:
  • 1 banana, mashed very well
  • 3 tbsp natural peanut butter (or nut butter of choice), creamy or crunchy (up to you; I like crunchy for added texture)
  • 1/3 C unsweetened applesauce
  • 1-2 scoops chocolate protein powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 C quick oats (or old fashioned, but NOT instant)
  • 2 tbsp cacao nibs
  • 2 packets stevia (or sweetener of choice)
  • Optional: 2 tbsp chopped nuts of choice

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Chose to mix-in my cacao nibs instead of use as a topper
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I left mine in 25 minutes to get them nice and brown
Directions:
  1. Mix mashed banana and peanut butter in a bowl until well combined and smooth.
  2. Add applesauce, protein powder, vanilla extract, and stevia. Mix until well combined.
  3. Mix in oats (and cacao nibs, if you want them IN the cookies).
  4. Preheat oven to 350F, and let dough rest in fridge for 10 minutes.
  5. Drop dough onto a parchment line baking sheet, about 1-2 tbsp each. Flatten cookies with the back of a spoon; the cookie dough will NOT spread on its own while baking. (If you want cacao nibs as toppers, add/press them onto cookies now).
  6. Bake 20-30 minutes, depending on how well cooked you like your cookies.
  7. Let cookies cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes, them move them onto a cooling rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

(Original recipe can be found here)



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