These cookies have the great flavor of peanut butter, are power packed because of adding protein powder and are egg & flour free and are sweetened with bananas & applesauce. If you want to indulge, add some chocolate or carob chips & take the flavor up to the next level!
2 ripe bananas, mashed until smooth & creamy 1/3 cup peanut butter ~ creamy or chunky 2/3 cup unsweetened applesauce 1 scoop vanilla protein powder ** (can be made without, cookie will just be lower in protein) 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 tsp butter flavor extract ** (optional) 1 1/2 cups quick oatmeal ~ uncooked (or use old fashioned oats for more oatmeal texture) 1/4 cup chopped nuts (peanut, walnut, or your favorite) 1/4 cup carob or chocolate chips (**optional)
DIRECTIONS Preheat heat oven to 350 F / 175 C degrees. In a large bowl, mix mashed banana & peanut butter until completely combined then add in the applesauce, vanilla protein powder & the extract(s) ~ mix again until all are completely combined. Add in the oatmeal & nuts to the banana mixture & combine. (** add the optional carob / chocolate chips at this time if you want them mixed throughout) Let dough rest for 10 minutes. Drop cookie dough, by spoonfuls, onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet & flatten cookies into circles. (** if you just want the carob / chocolate chips on the top of the cookies, add now)
Bake cookies approx. 20-30 minutes (some like their cookies less cooked, some cooked more - try it both ways to find which works best for your tastes) or until golden brown & done. Remove from oven & let rest on cookie sheet for 5 minutes, then move to cooling rack. (if you want the traditional fork tong marks on the cookies, use a pizza cutter or sharp knife to score the tops of the cookies while they're still warm)
When cookies are completely cool, store in a covered container. Enjoy!