School Snacks: Healthy Oatmeal Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Every kid loves cookies. Chocolate ones, warm ones, round ones, soft ones, filled ones, crunchy ones; they really aren’t too discerning when it comes to cookies.  I know my kids look forward to cookies in their school lunches so I am always trying to find recipes they will like . . .  and then I make them healthy.

Why do I take a perfectly good cookie and add stuff like fruit, zucchini, oats, flax and chia seeds and remove or reduce stuff like oil, butter, and sugar?

I know my kids want cookies in their lunch everyday and I want to be sure they are getting enough fiber, enough fruit, vegetables, protein.  I figure by making their favourite food a bit healthier we both get what we want. I do this healthy makeover to their brownies (with spinach), macaroni and cheese (with squash), waffles (with whole wheat) and pancakes (with no flour).

Their favourite cookies are warm chocolate chip cookies and these ones pass my test of healthy and their test of tasty!  Plus they are simple to whip together, I have all the ingredients on hand, they freeze well and taste great straight out of the oven.

Healthy Oatmeal Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 large bananas (fresh or frozen)
1/4cup maple syrup (or brown sugar)
2 tbsp butter melted
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg
1/4cup apple sauce

1 cup whole wheat flour
2 cups oats
1 tbsp flax
1 tbsp chia seeds
1tsp baking soda

1/2cup or 2 handfuls of chocolate chips (everything tastes better with chocolate chips)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix the first 6 ingredients together with a fork – mashing the banana and whisking the egg.  Mix the dry ingredients together first and then add to the wet. Add in a couple handfuls of chocolate chips and place large spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet covered in parchment paper.

I press cookies down with a fork before baking to make them rounder as they really don’t spread while baking.  Cook for 18 minutes and enjoy.  Freeze once cooled for kids to put into their lunches or grab anytime for a healthy snack.