It’s the beginning of the summer- the season where everyone is off to barbecues, 4th of July celebrations, swimming parties, and family camping trips. All of these events are filled with fun, laughter, games, and plenty of sunshine, but have one more thing in common- the food. While summer is a season perfect for spending more time outside with family and friends, it is also seemingly the season for more sugar and more “junk” than anyone’s body would like.
At the same time, when you are asked to bring a dessert to share to a barbecue or an appetizer for all at a party, you don’t want to disappoint. Finding the balance between a dish being healthy enough and having the right flavor can be hard to do, which is why I’m creating this “Serving Up Summer” series! Each post will detail a nutritious and delicious summer recipe that is a definite crowd-pleaser, so you can enjoy healthier summer treats and meals. While indulging in a treat every once in awhile is perfectly okay, having healthier alternatives is an even better option!
The first recipe I have to share with you all (and I can safely say that recipe testing for this series has been absolutely delicious) is the healthiest oatmeal chocolate chip cookie! The classic chocolate chip cookie is an all-time favorite, but for a twist on the original, many recipes add oats for extra texture. When oats are added, most people think that this makes the cookie suddenly many times healthier. However, most recipes call for between 2/3 and a whole cup of refined white sugar. This recipe is sweetened using only bananas, and takes all of 5 minutes to whip up because of the short ingredient list. Some could even call this recipe a “breakfast cookie,” but that’s up to you. 🙂
So, please enjoy these healthy oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, and let me know what you think! Stay tuned for more recipes in this series, and as always, please share with family and friends if you like what you see.
The Healthiest Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies (makes 24 cookies)
- 2 cups rolled oats (preferably organic and quick cooking)
- 2 overripe bananas
- 3 tbs ground flax seed
- 1/2 cup peanut butter (or your favorite alternative)
- 1/4 cup melted organic coconut oil (plus an additional tablespoon if needed)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
To begin, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Then, in a medium sized bowl, mash the bananas. Stir in the peanut butter, coconut oil, and vanilla. Then, mix in the flax seed and oats. Fold in the chocolate chips, and then scoop onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake each tray for 15 minutes, or until golden brown in color. Enjoy!