4 ripe bananas
4 tablespoons unsweetened soy/nut milk
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 cups of rolled oats
These 4 ingredients make my cookie base. From here on you can experiment and play around with different kinds of sweeteners (date chunks, maple syrup..), spices (pumpkin spice, vanilla, lemon zest..), nuts and seeds (pecans, almonds, pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds), chocolate chips or simply adding fruit & berries (grated apple, blueberries, diced strawberries..).
- Add the bananas into a bowl and mash them with a fork. Then add the oats, cinnamon and plant based milk. If the mixture is to sticky add more oats, if too dry add more milk.
- Now you can add your choice of seeds and berries, here I chose pumpkin seeds, strawberries & blueberries. If using blueberries stir them in carefully so they don’t pop.
- With your hands or a table spoon you can portion the size of the cookies and place them on parchment paper on a baking tray. Bake them at 180° (350 F) for about 10 min or until they turn light golden brown (Don’t burn them like I did haha ). You could also eat them raw since the ingredients are all plant based and amazing by itself. But I prefer them hot and steamy, crisp on the outside and gooey on the inside.
P.S. scroll all the way down to find out about the benefits of oats, cinnamon & blueberries 🙂
- Oats contain a high amount of fiber, which helps to keep you full for longer as well, avoiding any blood sugar spikes and crashes, as helping your digestive system to work more efficiently.
- A certain type of fibre, called beta-glucan, is present in oats and particularly beneficial. It has been shown to lower cholesterol levels, reduce the risk of high blood pressure and heart attacks and enhance the immune system’s response to bacterial infection.
- They’re also a rich source of selenium, which is vital for DNA repair, as well as being associated with a reduced risk of cancer, especially colon cancer.
- As well as being a great source of magnesium, which is essential for enabling over three hundred different enzyme functions around the body, including the secretion of insulin and glucose.
- Blueberries posses extremely high antioxidant levels. These antioxidants are essential for good health as they bind the free radicals that damage our cells (and could posslibly lead to diseases and cancer), while also providing anti-inflammatory properties for the body.
- The antioxidants in blueberries also support the nervous system, brain health, cardiovascular function and even improve memory.
- Blueberries have a low glycaemic index (G.I), which helps to keep your blood sugar levels balanced and prevent any spikes that would otherwise cause energy lows.
- Regular intake of blueberries has been shown to lower blood fat levels, which reduces cholesterol levels and lowers blood pressure and reduce belly fat!
- One serving of blueberries provides almost 25% of your required immune boosting vitamin C, as well as being a great source of manganese, which is key for bone health and an effective metabolism.
- Cinnamon is excellent for brain health and some rigorous studies have found a variety of neurological benefits that improved cognition and a reduction of oxidation in the brain. Also it may be beneficial for Parkinson’s patients.
- It’s a good source of the powerful antioxidant manganese. Two teaspoons of cinnamon provides about half the RDA of manganese, a powerful antioxidant that is crucial for brain and body health.
- Beyond antioxidants, cinnamon is also rich in natural compounds called polyphenols. These compounds appear to mimic the action of insulin in your body and may help regulate blood sugar levels. That makes cinnamon an important food for people with diabetes.