These oatmeal raisin cookies are tasty enough to satisfy your sweet tooth, but healthy enough to be nutritionist approved. They are sweetened with mashed bananas and unsweetened apple sauce rather than refined sugars. Sugar-free, dairy-free and gluten-free, these are an updated, healthy version of an old family favourite.
The oatmeal provides a great source of heart healthy soluble fibre. Studies have shown that oats help remove cholesterol from the digestive system that would otherwise end up in the bloodstream. Oats help to lower cholesterol levels which translates to reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke. Oats also provide protein, important for muscle building, selenium which protects cells against free radical damage and manganese which supports joints and ligaments. Bananas are an excellent source of potassium, a mineral essential for maintaining normal blood pressure and heart function. The effectiveness of potassium-rich foods in lowering blood pressure has been demonstrated by a number of studies. Bananas are also a good source of vitamin C and manganese (think manganese “good for the knees”).Cinnamon helps to stabilize blood sugar levels and contains anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties. Cinnamon is also an excellent source of manganese and fibre and a very good source of calcium.
- 3 ripe bananas, mashed
- 1/3 cup unsweetened apple sauce
- 2 cups gluten free oatmeal
- 1/4 cup almond milk
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
Measure all ingredients into a large bowl and stir until well combined. Drop by a tablespoon onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake at 350F for 15 minutes and cool on a wire rack. Makes 2 dozen cookies.