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GF Oat Banana Bites with Nut Butter ~ Fruit sweetened & heart healthy

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For a very healthy snack or breakfast cookie, these GF Oat Banana Bites with or without nut butter would be a great choice. This fruit-sweetened cookie can be gobbled up just about any time of day.  I make them a little bigger for a breakfast cookie…or just eat two!

 

Now don’t be looking for a super sweet, dessert type cookie…that’s on another post.

 

 

 

Enjoy them with your favorite nut butter spread over top ~ almond, cashew, peanut, or sunflower seed butter.

 

Maybe you prefer a lower fat cookie without the nut butter. GF Oat Banana Bites are a great choice.

 

Mix & match add-ins:
~ raisins
~mini-chocolate chips
~goji berries
~ nuts
~dried cranberries, cherries, or blueberries

 

Making your own oat flour is a cinch:
~ Simply toss some old fashioned oats in a blender or food processor and you’ve got oat flour. Oat flour can also be purchased.
~ To ensure your oat banana bite cookies are gluten-free please use a guaranteed gluten-free product.

 

Each cookie without nut butter is 2 weight watcher points each. Add 1 tsp nut butter and each cookie is 3 weight watcher points.

 

GF Oat Banana Bites with Nut Butter                               Makes 16
3 bananas, pureed or equal to 1 1/2 cups puree (a hand blender works great)
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cup old fashion oats (gluten-free if needed)
1 cup oat flour, grinding your old fashioned oats in a blender or food processor works great.
*Use gluten-free oats if needed.
3 Tbsp Quinoa Flakes
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp allspice
3 Tbsp chopped nuts, I used walnuts.
1/4 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips. I used Enjoy Life Semi-Sweet Mini Chocolate Chips.
1/4 cup dried goji berries. Or raisins if you prefer.
Nut butter of choice

Preheat oven to 350. Line baking sheets with parchments paper or silicone liners.

In a small mixing bowl combine pureed bananas and vanilla.  Set aside.

In a medium mixing bowl add oats, oat flour, quinoa flakes, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg, and allspice.

Mix together.  Add banana mixture to oat mixture. Stir to combine. Add nuts, chocolate chips, and goji berries. Stir well.

Using a small cookie scoop drop mounds onto prepared baking sheets. About 2-tablespoons each. Bake for 10-13 minutes, depending on the size of the cookie. They will be slightly firm when done.

Remove from the oven and let sit for a couple of minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. Spread about 1/2 Tbsp of any nut butter over each cookie, like frosting or leave them plain.

Enjoy!

 

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