06/12/2013 09:28 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Superhealthy Breakfast Cookie

So I saw this recipe on Facebook for a superhealthy cookie with mashed bananas as the base and I made them (substituting the raisins--blech!--with dried sour cherries--yum!). But they were...not that great. However, I really liked the concept, which results in a treat that's as much a "bar" (as my kids call them) as a cookie, and I was determined to make them to the whole family's liking. So I fiddled around and came up with this version that has been deemed Very Good, and my teenage daughter walked out the door this morning to catch the bus with one in her hand--and mouth. This cookie has no dairy, so technically it's vegan. There's also no gluten, so technically it's gluten free, too! And the only fat is the good stuff in peanuts and coconut. Feel free to doctor it up to your own liking. We also decided the cookies are best stored in the fridge.

Banana, Peanut, Chocolate, Coconut Super Cookie!

  • 3 mashed bananas
  • 1/3 cup applesauce
  • 2 cups oats
  • ¼ cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • ½ cup coconut
  • ½ cup salted peanuts (or, if unsalted, it needs a bit o' salt)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup dried sour cherries (optional)
  1. Mix it all up well.
  2. Spoon the dough onto a greased cookie tray (I greased mine with coconut oil spray).
  3. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.
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