Vegan Oat, Banana, and Applesauce Cookies

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Not too many days go by where I don’t have at least one of these vegan oat, banana, and applesauce cookies. I call them BOAs but I have also seen similar recipes calling them breakfast cookies. They are great for breakfast and especially good for grabbing them straight from the fridge and heading out the door.

Vegan Oat, Banana, and Applesauce Cookies Recipe

Gather:

  • 1 very ripe banana
  • 1 cup of unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup of rolled, organic oats (not instant)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon of chopped walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped dried dates (or raisins)
  • Sprinkles of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and all spice (or whatever you have on hand)

Create:

First of all, I am definitely not exact on the above measurements. I tend to toss in about what looks right at this point.

Add enough oats so that they don’t look too wet. Sometimes I like them drier and chewier so I add more oats.

Mash the banana with the applesauce in a large glass bowl. You do not have to worry about getting the banana completely mashed. Just make it so it is “stirrable.”

Add the oats, vanilla, walnuts, dates, and seasonings. Stir together until ingredients are uniform. Line a baking tray with parchment paper and heat oven to 350 F.

Spoon cookies onto parchment paper using a tablespoon. They do not have to be in any particular shape or thickness for them to come out ok. I have done thick ones, smooshed ones, shaped into bars, and every other technique I could think of and they all came out great. My favorite is just scooping a spoonful and plopping it on the paper. That way, they all have their own unique shape to them.

When you remove from the oven, allow to cool on countertop before placing in the fridge. I keep my cold as I like to eat them like that, but sometimes I will put in the microwave for 30 seconds to reheat.

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Revise:

I have also added shredded zucchini and carrots. When I have half a zucchini or just a few baby carrots or something, I try to use them in my cookies. So far, I really could not taste the difference.

You could also use honey with these cookies if you are not vegan. Also, adding shredded coconut and other dried fruits, such as cherries or cranberries, gives them a completely different flavor. If you aren’t focusing on weight loss, these additions would be ok. Otherwise, perhaps too much sugar. Enjoy!~ Amanda Rae

The oat is the Horatio Alger of cereals, which progressed, if not from rags to riches, at least from weed to health foodWaverley Root, ‘Food’ (1980)

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