A healthy yet delicious, super-easy, two-ingredient cookie sounds like the ultimate unicorn for fitness foodies, but sometimes dreams do come true.
The so-called “Two-Ingredient” cookie has taken Pinterest (that place where dreams go to die) by storm. But unlike most of the recipes on Pinterest, this one is actually doable.
The basic ingredients for making a batch of these cookies are a staple in most households: two ripe bananas and a cup of quick cooking oats.
However, the possibility for add-ins are endless based on personal preference. We think Two Ingredient Cookies are a bit of a misnomer, because who is really going to stop at two when the possibilities of add-ins are so fun and easy. So we are going with “Two Ingredients (Plus Add-Ins).”
Additional ideas include: walnuts, cranberries, peanut butter chips, shredded coconut, chia seeds, raisins, etc.
Two ripe bananas (ones with some black spots are best).
A cup of quick cooking oats.
Optional: PLUS – a mix-in of your choice. We used a half cup of dark chocolate chunks.
1. Combine the two or more ingredients in a mixing bowl and mash together to make the “cookie dough.” *Since banana sizes vary, feel free to add more oatmeal if the dough seems too runny or more banana if too dry and grainy.
2. On a greased cookie sheet (don’t skip this crucial step of greasing or spraying with cooking spray or you’ll be sorry). For easy clean up, we used parchment paper to line our cookie sheet.
3. Use a spoon to drop each cookie onto the baking sheet to desired shape. This recipe yield approximate 16 cookies.
4. Bake for approximately 15 minutes at 350 degrees. If you prefer a “crunchier” texture, leave them in for a few minutes longer.
5. Eat and enjoy!
You’ll find that these cookies have a pleasantly chewy texture and supposedly they keep for a few days in the fridge, but we’ve never had leftovers. They’re a huge favorite of my kids and make an excellent on-the-go breakfast (and they’re not big fans of hot oatmeal either).
When you think about it, if you eat half a batch of these cookies, you’ve basically eaten a banana and a half cup of oatmeal, along with a few antioxidant rich dark chocolate chips. Minus the guilt and the penitent extra miles on the treadmill to burn it off.
Let us know how your cookies turn out and please share any additional ideas for mix-ins in the comments section!
Minsun Park is a blogger, writer and a black belt in taekwondo who gets her ass handed to her daily by her two sons. She’s written for iVillage, SheKnows, ePregnancy and is featured in “The Hot Mom’s Handbook” by Jessica Denay. She can also be found on Facebook and Twitter