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Blueberry Oat & Chocolate Chip Healthy Cookies

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I’m a huge fan of dried fruit and dark chocolate. It has to be chewy dried fruit though, almost on the tough side. Yup, that’s my favorite!

 

 

Lately I’ve been putting these dried blueberries in just about everything! I would prefer if they didn’t have the added sugar, but I haven’t been able to locate any without yet.  Feel free to use sweetened coconut, but  I prefer unsweetened as shown in the recipe.

I make my cookies gluten free but any all-purpose flour is fine, even whole wheat is an option. As always, any nut butter can be substituted for peanut butter!

I always pack these healthy cookies on hikes, long bike rides, and when kayaking. The oats, peanut butter, and fruit provide good energy and are fiber rich.

 

 

Blueberry Oat & Chocolate Chip Healthy Cookies                    Makes 16-18 Cookies

3 medium to large spotted bananas, mashed
1 Tbs vanilla extract
3/4 cup natural peanut butter, I used creamy
3 Tbs pure maple syrup, agave syrup, or honey – or a combination of any of the three
2 cups old-fashioned gluten free oats
1 tsp baking powder
1 Tbs ground flax seed
1 Tbs hemp seeds
3 Tbs chopped walnuts (or other nuts of your choice)
3 Tbs unsweetened coconut flakes
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, regular or mini (I use Enjoy Life Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips, dairy & gluten free)
1/2 cup dried blueberries ~ or more if you like

Preheat oven to 350 and prepare baking sheets.

In a large mixing bowl add mashed bananas, vanilla, peanut butter, and pure maple syrup. Mix well.
Add oats, flour, flax seeds, hemp seeds, and baking powder. Stir to combine.

Add chopped nuts, coconut, and chocolate chips, and dried blueberries.  Stir to combine.

Scoop mounds of dough onto prepared baking sheets. These cookies will not spread out so you can put them fairly close together on the baking sheet.

Bake for about 15 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.

Enjoy!

I think I’ll sit out on this lovely day and treat myself to a few right now : )

 

 

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