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Skinny Peanut Butter Banana Cookies: Light, Tasty and Easy to Bake

This dessert is perfect for after-dinner cravings for something sweet. They also include oats, dark cocoa powder and applesauce for a healthy treat.

Do you ever have those nights when you just have to have something sweet to eat? You ate well all day, so you prefer not to scarf down a bowl of ice cream or resort to whipping up some of that “just for one” cookie dough?

I get that often, too. When I crave something sweet, it's usually for a combo of chocolate and peanut butter. In fact, any dessert I indulge in usually involves peanut butter, in some way.

Who am I kidding? Breakfast usually involves peanut butter, too.

From the green monster to my bowl of “mush” (peanut butter, bananas, and flax or chia seeds), banana and peanut butter is a winning combination. Add in chocolate? What could be better?

Health Benefits

Peanut Butter-high in protein, excellent source of niacin, biotin, B vitamins, calcium and potassium. Rich in tryptophan which promotes healthy nervous system functioning. Good source of boron, which plays a vital role in bone health
Oats-high in fiber, cancer fighting phyto-chemicals, blood glucose and insulin regulating properties, and lower bad cholesterol

I was inspired to bake these cookies, while shopping at Rollin' Oats, during which  I may have been drinking their peanut butter banana shake! 

These cookies are light and super simple to make. They combine my favorite flavors and are kid-friendly too! They’re perfect for that after-dinner craving for something sweet.

Give them a try!

Skinny Peanut Butter Banana Cookies

Ingredients
3 ripe bananas
2 cups old-fashioned oats
1/4 cup natural peanut butter
1/4 cup unsweetened dark cocoa powder
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Directions
Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, mash bananas, then stir in remaining ingredients. Pop the batter in the fridge for 15-20 minutes, then drop by teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes. Enjoy!

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