Friday, July 5, 2013

the fit beast feasts: 100% clean and organic no bake cookies

before i tell you how amazing it was to discover these cookies, i'm going to tell you how ridiculous it is that anyone should ever make the "original" version of these.

the recipe i've known and used for years produces extremely sugary and addicting cookies.  but did you know that that recipe calls for 2 cups of sugar and an entire stick of butter?  did you know that recipe yields about a dozen cookies?  did you know that 1 cookie has 78 calories, 8 grams of fat, 22 grams of carbohydrates, and 13 grams of sugar?  that's only one cookie!!!!  the "nutrition" you're getting from these cookies is primarily from sugar and fat sources.  yes, oats are awesome and healthy for you, but what's the point of eating something healthy if it's covered in sugar and processed junk?

a local utah fit chick, jazzythings, has become a big source of inspiration for me and is kind enough to share recipes with her followers!  she's even selling an e-cookbook right now that's full of clean eating recipes.  buy it ::here::  because of her, i've found my new favorite clean and organic no bake cookies.

in a large bowl, combine the following:

2 peeled and very ripe bananas
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup honey
1 cup peanut butter

i used a pastry cutter and really liked the consistency i got with it, but use whatever tools you have to thoroughly mash the bananas and combine the ingredients.

stir in 3 cups of oats.

drop by spoon fulls onto parchment lined cookie sheets and place in your refrigerator for about 30 minutes.

individually wrap your cookies in plastic wrap to ensure freshness and make for easy storage.  you can keep them in your fridge or freezer.  i put half in the fridge and half in the freezer and love them both ways.

the way i made this recipe, the manner in which i did so and with my organic ingredients, yielded 32 cookies.  that make the nutritional information as follows:

1 cookie yields 86 calories, 7 grams of fat, 10 grams of carbohydrates, and 5 grams of sugar.  yes, the calories are slightly higher than that original sugary version, but look at the rest of the information.  lower on every level.  not to mention the quality of ingredients and contents of the cookie are far more superior than anything i've ever seen.

don't expect them to taste like the other version.  i actually like them, better, and i'm not even a fan of bananas!

give them a try and go follow jazzythings on instagram and twitter.  and buy her cookbook!!!!

eat clean.  live lean.  live better.  live longer.

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