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Sunflower Butter Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies [gluten free]

Hi friends!

I have been down for the count with a killer ear infection + upper respiratory sickness. It’s a major bummer because I’ve gotten sick the last couple of times that I’ve visited Jersey to spend time with family, despite my nonstop rubbing of essential oils and drinking of green tea. I almost never get sick otherwise, and I think it’s the combination of a cross-country flight (the woman next to me was coughing the entire time!), going nonstop making plans with family & friends, the weather change, being around my adorable but very germ-y nephews, and drinking wine multiple days in a row. So, now I’m back home in Cali, resting up this week and taking it easy so that I can get back to normal.

But let’s talk about something more fun… like cookies! Breakfast cookies that is.

These sunflower butter banana oatmeal breakfast cookies were my second failed attempt at a green sunflower butter recipe for St. Paddy’s Day. The base of these normal colored cookies are rolled oats and almond meal. They’re sweetened with mashed banana, honey and apple sauce. You can sub in maple syrup to make them vegan as well.
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No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Cookies [vegan + gluten free]

Need a Hump Day pick-me-up? While I’m off exploring Ireland, I’ve got you covered with this vegan, gluten free no-bake cookie recipe!  

One misconception that I’ve noticed with people trying to clean up their diets is the idea that they have to give up eating anything “fun.” They reside to the idea of eating lean protein and veggies at every meal, and I am here to tell you that this idea is total crap. You can have your cake and eat it too (pun intended!), and I’m all about moderation and “healthifying” recipes.
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One way that I feed my sweet tooth while still eating clean is whipping up healthier takes on dessert – and today’s recipe is a great example of that!

raw choc pb cookies-1So where did this no-bake cookie idea come from? Me not wanting to turn the oven on!

You see, my house doesn’t have air conditioning, and living here without AC is fine probably 345 days out of the year… I mean, San Diego weather is pretty heavenly. But there are a few weeks out of the year in the summer when the temperatures soar, and my house gets a little bit too hot. This was the case recently, when my house was regularly hitting 85 degrees in the afternoon. When I came up with these no-bake cookies, it wasn’t even all that hot inside, but I think I was still paranoid about my house getting too hot and therefore boycotted any oven use.

raw choc pb cookies-2So just how are these babies made? They’re full of wholesome ingredients like oats, banana, almond flour, dates and peanut butter.

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Cinnamon Brown Sugar Banana Bread Cookies

Earlier this week I deemed my hubby and me to be Mr. and Mrs. “Cookie Monster” Crane after we ate an entire batch of these cinnamon brown sugar chocolate chip banana bread cookies in just a couple of days.

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We both dig banana bread, which is why I make it at least once every few months. But last Saturday, when I was in full kitchen experimentation mode, I decided to get a little creative and make banana bread cookies instead of a regular old banana bread loaf.

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I decided to play around with using brown sugar as the primary sweetener, and then I went heavy duty on the cinnamon (which is partly the reason for the cookies’ dark color) because yummmm, it’s my favorite thing to sprinkle on top of nearly everything I eat. I thought about excluding chocolate chips, but then I thought, ‘Who am I kidding? Everything is better with dark chocolate chips!’ 

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