Our Favorite 15-Minute Cookies (One Recipe, Multiple Possibilities)
These quick, easy cookies use no added butter or oil and taste absolutely delicious.
You can get creative and add raisins, coconut flakes or simply eat them plain. Feeling a little frisky? Add bourbon in place of vanilla. If the kids are craving dark chocolate, throw in 1/4 cup of chocolate chips. Make it fun for them by allowing them to get creative and choose their own additions.
Our personal favorite addition is raisins, walnuts and pepitas. The sky is the limit!
These simple, FfL-friendly cookies are a staple in our house and fun to get creative with.
Kid-friendly and great for school lunches
These cookies are great for school lunches. If frozen, pull one out in the morning, put it in your kiddo’s lunchbox and it will be thawed by the time they’re ready to eat.
A great pre/post-workout snack
Because oats and bananas are easy-to-digest carbs that power you up without weighing you down, these cookies double as a delicious pre/post-workout snack. Enjoy one 30-60 minutes before your workout or within 30 to 60 minutes after you finish your sweat sesh.
Encourage your kids to embrace real food
When you make your cookies, help your kids understand the difference between minimally processed cookies and highly processed ones. Otherwise, they may think they’re one in the same.
If you really want to get them involved, you can even make it a fun activity next time you go to the grocery store.
“Do most cookie labels use simple real food ingredients (whole grains, honey, maple syrup, cinnamon, butter, coconut oil or EVOO) or do they use tons of heavily processed ones (refined sugar, enriched flour, vegetable oils, artificial ingredients, food coloring, preservatives)?”
Let them take a look at the labels and guess!
Why overripe bananas?
Brown, overripe bananas are used in banana bread because they’re naturally sweeter, making them perfect for muffins. In the ripening process, the starches in the banana begin to convert to sugar. So don’t throw away those bananas with brown spots. As long as they’re not moldy, there’s no such thing as too-ripe bananas for banana bread.
Can you freeze overripe bananas for later use?
If you have overripe bananas and aren’t ready to use them, toss them in a Ziploc bag with the peel on and freeze them for later. When you’re ready to use them, thaw them completely at room temperature or in the refrigerator overnight. Frozen bananas tend to release more moisture, so you’ll need to peel them and then lightly pat them dry with paper towels to remove excess liquid.
How to ripen bananas quickly at home
If your bananas aren’t extremely ripe, here’s what to do!
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Place bananas on a tray or on aluminum foil, peel on, and bake for 6-12 minutes (depending on how ripe the bananas are to begin with). Monitor the bananas and when the peel is dark black they are ready to go.
How to mash your banana (four options):
- Use a fork to mash pieces of bananas until soft.
- Use a potato masher to mash banana until soft.
- Put them in a Ziploc bag and squish them to desired consistency.
- Add chunks of banana to a stand mixer with the paddle attachment and beat to desired consistency.
Don't have oat flour? Quickly make your own!
We use oat flour in many of our baked goods recipes. Oat flour is a nutrient-packed whole-grain flour that is naturally gluten-free. It works wonderfully in a variety of recipes to boost nutrition and flavor.
Making it is very simple! Add old-fashioned oats to a blender or food processor and blend them until they reach a fine, flour-like consistency. For a step-by-step guide including the recipe and tips, check out How to Make Oat Flour.
Did you make this recipe?
If you make these cookies, we would love to hear how they turned out! Leave a comment below sharing what your family thought of them. We love hearing from you and your ideas inspire us all! Don’t forget to tag @fullforlifegal on Instagram so we can admire your masterpiece! 🌟
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