Oats are one of the healthiest foods around. Among their many health benefits are: They are high in fiber, provide trace minerals like Manganese and Phosphorus and are a good source of plant-based protein. They help lower cholesterol, improve digestion, increase immunity and have a low glycemic score which makes them a great element in a diabetes-prevention diet improving insulin sensitivity and preventing blood sugar spikes. Oats are naturally gluten-free.
It is important to choose wholegrain organic rolled or steel-cut oats versus processed quick or instant oats, since the more processed the oats are the lower their health benefits. If you suffer from gluten sensitivity or celiac disease, look for organic and certified gluten-free oats as in many cases oats are grown and manufactured in the same facilities that gluten-containing grains (wheat, barely and rye), so even though oats are naturally gluten-free they can be contaminated during the production and packaging process. Another important factor when choosing oats is that they are pure and free from sugars and chemicals, artificial sweeteners, flavorings, preservatives, etc.
Now, moving to the bananas, they are a great source of essential vitamins and minerals, including potassium, magnesium, manganese, fiber, and much more. Among their nutritional benefits are: They boost energy, help improve digestive health, boost mood, promote brain, skin and bone health, etc.
This recipe is a perfect alternative for a healthy snack or a fast breakfast. Bon appétit!
Total time: 25min / Serves: 24 cookies
- 2 cups old-fashioned oats
- 4 medium bananas
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/3 cup raisins
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Pre-heat the oven to 180º C
- Put the oats in a blender or food processor and process until they are fine and powdery as flour.
- Pour the oats flour to a bowl and add the baking soda and cinnamon.
- Put the bananas in the blender and process until smooth.
- Add the mixture to the bowl with the oats, baking soda and cinnamon. Add the sunflower seeds and raisins and mix well.
- Take the equivalent to 2 tablespoons of the mix to prepare one cookie (the mixture will give you up to 24 cookies).
- Place the cookies on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and let them cool.
- Serve and enjoy! You can store them in an airtight container.