I’m starting to go a bit bananas. I’m three weeks into this resting malarkey and I’m riding some serious ups and downs. One minute I’m super positive and pro-active, the next minute I find myself in floods of tears and feeling incredibly down about this whole ordeal. What I must say is thank you and sorry in advance to all my nearest and dearest for taking care of me! Anyway, apart from going a little bananas, I seem to be baking with bananas a lot this week! I made this yummy banana bread using a recipe from a fellow Instagram foodie @littlehealthybunny.
What do I do with my bananas when they get to that overripe brown stage? I know, first world problems! Seriously though, I’m pretty sure most of us waste a lot of fruit and vegetables each week because they don’t look desirable enough to put on our plate and take a picture for Instagram. Ok, maybe that’s just me… Anyway, why not make use of our fruit and veggies to try and become less wasteful, more economical and of course, make some tasty, guilt free treats!
Overripe bananas are actually great for a lot of recipes, like banana pancakes, banana bread, smoothies and of course my banana oat cookies. The overripe nature gives the fruit a lot more flavour, and a sweeter taste. It makes them great for healthy cooking as they can act as an alternative to eating a tonne of sugar. Instead of spiking your blood sugar by eating sugar rich foods, bananas do the opposite by containing nutrients that can help moderate blood sugar levels. So any of you sugar addicts, try these banana oat cookies and see if they curb your sugar cravings and control your sweet tooth!
I think this must be one of the easiest, cheapest, foolproof recipes, plus they only take a max of 20 minutes to make and bake.
All you need is 4 ingredients-
2 ripe bananas 2 cups GF oats (or normal oats if you're not GF) 5 tbsp agave nectar Handful raw cacao nibs/dark chocolate
Preheat the oven to 180’C.
In a bowl, mash the banana, then add the oats, agave nectar, a handful of either raw cacao nibs or dark chocolate (I used a mix of both). Stir all the ingredients together then divide into balls on to a baking tray. *Make sure you squish the middle of the cookie down to make sure it cooks all the way through.
Place in the oven for 10 minutes!
I always want to make the most of my time, and I’m sure for a lot of you busy bees, you may not have that much spare time to begin with! So, instead of staring at the oven for 10 minutes waiting for the cookies to cook why not try one of these simple tasks-
Put a wash on/take washing out of the washing machine
Tidy the (very little) mess you have made from baking
Write a to do list for the week. I love being organised and being able to tick off my list of to do’s. It makes you feel like a total boss right?
Run and nice bath and get ready to relax.
Try out an 8 minute ab session.