As it is less than two months until my debut marathon, I am trying my best to eat the correct, nutritious foods to supplement my training, while satisfying my sweet tooth enough so I do not overeat other foods trying to fill the void (in the past I ended up putting on weight when I gave up sweets!). I have cut my sugar intake down to one sweet serving a day. You may think that this sounds easy, but for me, this is a HUGE challenge. I LOVE my chocolate/sweets/baked goods, and substituting it for healthier foods has been tough.
I had a bunch of bananas that were almost banana bread ready, but I wanted something that would be quick to make, and easy to take as a snack. Banana bread is not something you can just whip up in a few minutes, and it is not easy to throw in your bag to eat on the go. I decided to remake the no bake cookies that we all love, and just make them healthier based on this original recipe. If you like bananas, you should check out one of my most popular posts; Whole Wheat Banana Crumb Muffins.
I substituted the butter for mashed bananas, and whole wheat flour along with the oats. I then made them naughty by adding chocolate chips, but they are dark chocolate chips, so they are recommended by nutritionists 🙂
These are a sweet treat you can enjoy without feeling guilty; they are only 180 calories per cookie. We all need a sweet pick me up, and these only take a few minutes to make. They also freeze well, so you can take them as you need for snacks in a pinch.
- Bananas are full of potassium to prevent cramping, and they help to maintain blood sugar levels
- Peanut butter has lots of protein, and fiber to keep you full, while stocking up your stores of monounsaturated fats (good fats)
- Agave is a slower burning alternative to sugar to prevent those sugar crashes
- Oats are a great source of soluble fiber, which helps reduce your blood cholesterol level
- Walnuts help you towards your recommended serving of Omega 3s that are known for their anti-inflammatory work on your major organs
- Cocoa powder, and dark chocolate chips contain high levels of antioxidants that remove free radicals from the body