Applesauce Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

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I need to preface this post with the fact that even though I am touting these as breakfast cookies, they make great cookies for anytime of the day!  I love when I find a healthy cookie recipe.  It just feels good to be able to eat cookies and not worry about them being bad for you!  Your body will actually thank you for eating these yummies!

The inspiration for these cookies came from the following pin.

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Yum, those look good.  However, they have sugar and a couple other ingredients I don’t eat.  So, I decided to make some applesauce cookies using medjool dates and bananas as sweetener, and oats and almond meal to substitute for flour.  The result is a great sweet treat that is gluten and dairy free, yet tastes AMAZING!

Another plus, is that these cookies are really quite easy to make.  All you need are the ingredients and a blender, and you’ve got your batter ready to go!

APPLESAUCE OATMEAL BREAKFAST COOKIES

Ingredients:

  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 4-5 medjool dates
  • 2 cups gluten free rolled oats, divided
  • 1/3 cup applesauce
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon Almond Meal

Directions:

1.) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2.) Place the bananas, dates, applesauce, and 1 cup of the oats in a blender.  Blend until smooth.

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3.) Add the cinnamon and almond meal, blend till combined.  Stir in the other cup of oats.

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3.) Drop by the spoonful onto the prepared baking sheet.  Place in the oven for 20 minutes.

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4.) Allow to sit for 3-5 minutes before removing from the pan.

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Enjoy! 🙂

 

Double Chocolate Cherry Bites

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It’s the holiday season, which means lots of goodies and treats that taste delicious, but aren’t the greatest for us or our waistlines!  I’ve got good news!  I made these double chocolate cherry bites, and they taste just as good, if not better than all of those not-s0-good-for-you treats, but they are fantastic for you!  They only have five ingredients, and every single one of them have loads of health benefits!  Let’s take a look!  Each of the following pins lists the health benefits of each ingredient, and links to the site responsible for the pin that goes into more detail if you’re interested!

RAW CACAO

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DARK CHOCOLATE / SEMI-SWEET CHOCOLATE

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MEDJOOL DATES

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DRIED TART CHERRIES

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ALMONDS

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All of this in a sweet treat!!!  This is my go to holiday treat, and they always go over well at holiday parties and get togethers!  Not to mention, they’re really simple to make!  Speaking of which, let’s see how to do just that!

DOUBLE CHOCOLATE CHERRY BITES

Ingredients – organic is always best for each ingredient!

  • 1 cup dry roasted almonds, no salt
  • 1 1/4 cup dried tart cherrys
  • 1 cup medjool dates, pitted
  • 1-2 Tbsp. Raw Cacao powder
  • Stevia, to taste (optional – I’ve made these with and without, and both are equally great…just depends on just how sweet you want these to be.
  • 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions

1.) Put the almonds in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped.

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2.) Add the cherries, raw cacao powder, medjool dates, and stevia (if using).  Process on high until the mixture starts to clump together.  This can take a few minutes.

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3.) Line a baking sheet with wax paper.  Form bite size balls with the mixture and place on the wax paper.  If you want, you can stop here.  These taste great with or without the chocolate coating.  If you want to forego the chocolate coating, just place these in the fridge now and allow to set for at least 1/2 hour.  Otherwise, just go to the next step.

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4.) Heat the chocolate chips over medium/low heat in a small sauce pan.  Stir continuously until the chocolate is completely melted and smooth.

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5.) Dip each of the balls into the melted chocolate and coat, one by one.  Place back on the wax paper.  Allow to sit until the chocolate coating hardens (you don’t need to put them in the fridge, but you can if you want to speed things up a bit).

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Look at those!  How can you resist!  You’ve gotta try these things!  Super good for you, and oh my gosh, SO yummy!  Enjoy! 🙂