Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Gluten Free Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Balls

Despite my best efforts at self-medicating with sleep, exercise, and gallons of green tea, I haven't been able to kick the cold I caught over the weekend. So, of course, I decided to comfort myself by making cookies. And just in case I ended up eating all of them while lying on the couch feeling sorry for myself, I decided to make them healthy. I kid, I kid, I have way too much self control for that. Most of the time.

(Image Source)
Anyways, cold-medicine induced rambling aside, here's what I came up with. I was inspired by Two Peas and Their Pod's Gluten-Free Vegan Banana Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies, but I wanted mine to be a little lower calorie and didn't need them to be vegan.

Gluten Free Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Balls


Calories: 92 | Fat: 4 g | Cholest: 0 mg | Sodium: 68 mg | Carbs: 14 g | Fiber: 2 g | Sugars: 4 g | Protein: 2 g 

1 1/2 cups gluten free oats
1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
2 1/2 tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
2 very ripe bananas
2 tbsp peanut butter
1/4 cup applesauce
1/4 cup Greek yogurt
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup dark chocolate chunks or chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Mix together dry ingredients 
In a separate bowl, mash the bananas until smooth
Mix the rest of the wet ingredients with the bananas, then mix in the dry ingredients
Fold in the chocolate chunks
Form into 16 balls
Bake for 15 minutes or until firm in the middle

These cookies are satisfyingly sweet and substantial, despite being low-sugar and under 100 calories. Oh, and the main reason I made these ball-shaped is because for some reason I could only find one cookie sheet and didn't have room to smush them into discs. Feel free to make yours in a more traditional cookie shape, just be sure to keep an eye on them in the oven since they'll probably cook faster.

Q: Anyone have any good cold remedies? Or any favorite foods for when you're feeling especially crappy?

No comments:

Post a Comment