Sep 16, 2013

Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Breakfast Cookie



Oats, ripe bananas and chocolate chips – these healthy, "breakfast" cookies are chewy and delicious, and made with just three ingredients.


I was craving chocolate this morning, and decided to whip up a batch of these yummy cookies for breakfast (I ate 4 cookies, for 4 points). Some of you may recognize them, in the past I made them with walnuts in place of chocolate chips.

I would never eat cookies for breakfast, but these are made with healthy ingredients – oats, bananas, and a handful of chocolate chips (antioxidants, right?) with no added sugar or flour. If you wanted, you could replace the chocolate chips for cocoa nibs, raisins, craisins, whatever! Perfect for breakfast, snack or any time you crave a sweet healthy treat. And these are nut-free, gluten-free and egg free so they are perfect for different diet restrictions.

The riper your banana the better, so make these when your bananas are almost black and freckled with dark spots.


I personally think these are best eaten warm, right out of the oven. They taste almost like mini banana bread muffins, the texture is soft and chewy, not crisp like a dessert cookie. If you're expecting a crispy cookie you would keep in your cookie jar – you WILL be disappointed. But if you have a very ripe banana hanging around your counter, and you are craving chocolate... make these! You will be happy you did.

If you want more of a "traditional" oatmeal cookie recipe, then try my Low Fat Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies instead... but I wouldn't eat them for breakfast.


Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Breakfast Cookie
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 8 • Size: 2 cookies • Old Points: 2 pts • Points+: 2 pts
Calories: 99 • Fat: 3 g • Carb: 19 g • Fiber: 2 g • Protein: 2 g • Sugar: 8 g
Sodium: 0.4 mg • Cholesterol: 0 g

Ingredients:

    • 2 medium ripe bananas, mashed
    • 1 cup of uncooked quick oats*
    • 1/4 cup chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°F.  Spray a non-stick cookie sheet with cooking spray or use a Silpat.

Combine the mashed bananas and oats in a bowl. Fold in the chocolate chips and place a tablespoon of each on the cookie sheet.


Bake 15 minutes. Makes 16 cookies.

*Use gluten free oats such as Bob's Red Mill quick oats to make them gluten free.

129 comments :

  1. YUM!! I have some bananas calling my name - do you suggest keeping them in the fridge? How long have yours lasted?
    Thanks so much!

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    1. I suggest making 1 banana (half the recipe) if its just you. You could get away with eating them the next day, but they taste best when they first come out of the oven.

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    2. Bananas keep longer if you pull them apart and put them in the fridge. I also peel them, cut in half and freeze them for smoothies.

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    3. When they start turning brown, pop them in the freezer. Then you can thaw them out and bake with them.

      Or, you can use yellow bananas, dip them in melted chocolate, freeze them, and then have chocolate-covered bananas. :)

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  2. I'm not a fan of bananas, so what do you think about using pumpkin instead? Would it still work?

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    1. I'm not sure if it's sweet enough, maybe butternut squash would be better since it's sweeter.

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    2. I'd try it with pumpkin, but reduce your pumpkin by a quarter and add applesauce to get the sweetness Gina mentioned. So if your yield from two bananas would be two cups mashed banana, use 1 1/2 cups pumpkin and 1/2 cup applesauce. You might have to increase the oatmeal to compensate for the texture difference.

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  3. This is how I have always made your "healthy" cookies since I don't like nuts. Although, I use mini chocolate chips because I find they stay in the cookies better. I also add a tablespoon or two of peanut butter as well for some added protein when I go to the gym. Love these!

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  4. what chocolate chip brand do you recommend?

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    1. Ghirardelli chocolate is non-gmo and they have the old fashion style simi-sweet chocolate chips...which are the bomb!

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  5. Thanks for another great recipe, Gina.. I will make these today... Husband needs to lower his cholesterol so I try to make him bring oatmeal to work 5x/week... this is a good alternative.... one question---do they harden quickly?? Or do they stay chewy for a couple days?

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    1. These are best if eaten the same day. They don't hold up well for more than one day, and taste best out of the oven.

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  6. these are the best kind of cookies ever!

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  8. These sound like a great after workout snack.

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  9. Have you tried using regular oats instead of quick oats?

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    1. No I haven't, but I think they would work fine.

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    2. I did the other morning! They were very good - chewy! Can't wait to make them again!

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  10. Any chance you have some alternative suggestions to replace the banana? I developed an allergy to bananas just a couple of years ago, and it's frustrating because so many of the healthy cookie/cake alternatives rely on banana. Plus, I LOVE bananas, so not being able to eat them anymore makes me sad! :(

    I saw someone above mention pumpkin... any other ideas?

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    1. Perhaps pitted pureed dates?

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    2. I don't have any tips on recipes, but just wanted to mention that food allergies can be reversed by healing the gut. My sister couldn't eat bananas anymore, either, but after going gluten free for a couple months, she can eat them again with no problems.

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    3. Try applesauce. It should work well. Three banana will male about 1-1/2 cups whitewashed. Start with 1 cup of applesauce and adjust from there.

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  11. Yum!! Those look like a great quick breakfast! Btw...I made your pumpkin spiced snickerdoodles over the weekend and they were a hit!

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  12. Cookies for breakfast? I am in!

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  13. I loved these, they're really great fresh out of the over, after they cool they're a little too gummy for me (luckily we usually eat them all!)

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    1. I too love them fresh out of the oven!

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  14. YUM! these look absolutely delicious!

    The Casual Classic

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  15. You had me at cookies for breakfast ;) These look great, I'll try them in a couple days when my bananas go ripe! Thanks :D

    xxx

    The Gift of Gaby

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  16. I am always up for a cookie for breakfast!!

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  17. These look great. My sister has actually made healthy treats for her dog adapated from your recipe with the nuts using a doggy oatmeal style dog food in place of the oats and they worked out great!

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  18. These would be good lactation cookies, lol. Think I'll be making some for that purpose.

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  19. My daughter always wants "something on the side" with her breakfast. These look perfect! Will try them today!

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  20. My daughter always wants "something on the side" with her breakfast. These look perfect! Will try them today!

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  21. Can you use old fashioned oats?

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  22. Been making these since you published the 2-ingredient cookies. Perfect on-the-go breakfast for my toddler!

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  23. Yum these look delicious! I love when you can add chocolate chips to something and it can still be considered somewhat healthy. ;) Thanks for sharing! You're the best!

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  24. these look amazing!

    http://therealfoodrunner.blogspot.com

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  25. Adding this to my *must try* list!

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  26. What do you think about adding protein powder?! Thanks. Kathleen

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  27. Very good, could eat them all

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  28. Awesome cookies, Gina! Made two batches this morning, and they were fantastic! :)

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  29. Yum!! Just made these. I added some vanilla protein powder for a nice protein boost.

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    1. How much protein powder did you add? I was thinking of adding peanut butter, but this would work well too!

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    2. instead of peanut butter use PB2. No fat, less calories, same great peanut butter taste

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  30. Do they freeze well?

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  31. I made a double batch of this without reading the comments that it is best if eaten the same day... I only baked half of the batter, would I be able to refrigerate the other half for 2 days and then bake the other half, or do you think this will ruin it?

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  32. That looks so good but unfortunately I am allergic to Bananas. Is there something I can substitute it with?

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  33. These look like such a fabulous breakfast!

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  34. Just made these this morning. Was not sure at first. But they are so nice to pop in your mouth with coffee or just on the run. The melted chocolate is so perfect. I suggest to everyone to make these. Thanks Gina

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  35. I made these yesterday and I also used the mini chocolate chips and I added some cinnamon inside and on the tops, yummy. I only made half the recipe and froze the leftovers and had them today with coffee and they were just as good. Thank you Gina for another wonderful recipe!

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  36. I just found you and using my new (2 wk in ww) and this is the first recipe I am going to try for myself.

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  37. These sound delicious and I will try. I will share that based off your nutrition facts, I come up with 3 PPV for 2 cookies instead of 2. :) I am sure it is worth the extra point, no worries.

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  38. Wow! I have to try this delicious treat!

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  39. Hi Gina, I love every recipe I've made of yours and now have to make these. The one you posted recently with the walnuts was a huge hit! They tasted just like my mom's banana bread. I found my trusty roll of parchment paper works great on cookie sheets and makes clean up so easy.

    Thanks from a big fan
    Sandy

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  40. Entering in the NI on the WW calculator puts these at 3pts, not 2pts. I'm new to this abs a little confused. They are delicious and I love your site!

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    1. medium bananas vs large will change results

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  41. Could you make the dough the night before and pop them in the oven in the morning?

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    1. I'm not sure if the bananas would turn brown

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    2. I baked a few last night and then sealed up the rest of the 'dough' in foil in the fridge. 24 hours later it looks great and I'm making another batch. The banana didn't turn brown and I'm even more excited for batch # 2.

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  42. I made these cookies and loved them fresh out of the oven, but I was the only one eating them so I refrigerated the rest. I ate them for four more days and thought they were great the whole time! The chewiness of the oats got a little less noticeable with refrigeration, and I thought they were just as good. Anyone who wants to try to cook enough for a few days should give it a try!

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  43. A hit! Made half a batch with peanut butter and while they are awesome as well we preferred the ones without the pb better. Will definitely be making these often

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  44. Made these today and they are great!

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  45. Really like this one, we let them cool about ten minutes and then we just devoured them! My two year old is a huge fan, and I love anything simple, warm, hearty and inexpensive for breakfast!

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  46. They're also good with a little honey and vanilla added in! It adds a few more calories but I thought it was a nice addition. Good either way though!

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  47. I made these the original way the first time and loved them. Today I substituted golden raisins and walnuts in equal parts for the chocolate chips, and added a little cinnamon to the mix. They were great that way as well!

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  48. I think this could be the perfect afternoon snack to get me over that 3 p.m. hump, and give me a little fuel for my after work workout. Thank you!

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  49. these are amazing!! So easy to make and delicious when kept in the fridge for leftovers. My boyfriend who is very picky with my cooking and loves to eat texted me today that he had 2 for breakfast and loved them!

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  50. This is also good if you add in a big scoop of peanut butter!

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  51. These are so so good and I don't have to feel so guilty for enjoying them! very toddler approved, my two year old thinks I am the coolest mother ever when I give her these, little does she know I just tricked her into health food, muhahaha!

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  52. I have tried the banana cookies and love them. I haven't tried using pumpkin, but here is the recipe I have...If you use pumpkin instead of bananas, use 1Cup of pumpkin to 1 Cup of oats. Bake only 12-15 mins. Add-ins could be walnuts, pumpkin spice, even choc chips. (10 points total-without add-ins)

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  53. Made these Monday evening...they were great! My toddler had fun helping with the mashing and hubby loved them as well. Thanks

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  54. Just made these today with 9,7,3 and 1 year olds. It was a great recipe for them to do! So simple and easy, Thanks!

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  55. I tried making these with instant oats and it didn't turn out well at all - it tasted uncooked. What am I doing wrong? Are instant oats different from quick oats? They came in single-serve packets so I used three packets to equal one cup.

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  56. Do you think you can add flax seed in or will that not cook well?

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    1. Grind your flax seed to get the benefits and it should work fine.

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  58. Made these and they were SO good! I actually ate them for a clean eating dessert. And I didn't read the part about eating them right out of the oven...and I made way too many...but I froze them and they were SO good frozen! Totally satisfying for dessert when frozen. Yum!!

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    1. I have been making these for a while now (with chocolate chips) and they're a hit at my office! I usually eat a few straight out of the oven and freeze the rest too. They still taste great! Kind of like a frozen banana

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  59. I froze the rest as well and would just pull a couple out to soften for a few minutes. They were wonderful that way! I'm going to try adding peanut butter to my next batch.

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  60. I make these as often as i have ripe bananas with just a few additions. I use the mini choc chips, chopped pecans, golden raisins, cinnamon, and fresh grated nutmeg, and a small dash of vanilla. While my additions do change the point structure, i get oats in for cholesterol lowering effect that, for me, is a worthy trade off. Extras for co workers get raves! Thank you Gina.

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  61. edible and not bad for a quick fix with few ingredients- but definitely not a replacement for a real baked cookie
    my daughter nibbled the outside- stating the inside was like a raw banana.
    It has an odd texture- like dense cake with lots of banana flavor (raw)
    ** 2 stars

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  62. I, like a lot of other commenters above, am very interested in a list of alternatives to bananas for this. Anything you've tried out? I don't like them and by boyfriend is allergic.

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  63. I made these this morning for my little ones. I only had one banana so I added in applesauce to make up the difference. My two year old has been sick and very picky - literally only eating a few things in rotation- and ate two entire cookies. My four year old loved them as well. I am very happy to have found a new option for when we are craving sweets and it is so simple too!

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  64. Woah!i have got to try these! I just made the ones below and they were awesome! These are next! Thanks so very much! http://wp.me/p3XBKB-20

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  65. I made these last night, and they were sooo good! Despite not having any sugar in them, they are almost too sweet for me :O Next time I might swap the chocolate for peanut butter, mmmm :D I bakes mine in muffin cases and you can see them here:
    http://julesthenorweegie.blogspot.nl/2013/11/three-ingredient-chocolate-chip-cookies.html
    I linked to this page at the bottom of course :) Thanks for the recipe!

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  66. I made these last night, substituting chocolate chips with 2 crushed mini Hershey's bar and I added crushed pecans. They hit my sweet spot perfectly!

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  67. Gina,
    What about making up the dough and baking them as needed? Do you think the dough would keep in the fridge?
    Also, is that 99 calories per cookie, or for two (one serving)?
    Thanks!

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  68. Made these last night and I was really impressed. They are so good and just what I was needing for those sweet cravings.

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  69. I make these regularly and have no issues with keeping them in the fridge for a couple of days. they're gone in 2 days usually so no idea how long they could last. they just get a little chewier.

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  70. I've made these with pecans alone, then tried again adding mini chocolate chips, and this morning I added blueberries.....omg, that was the best! I'll definitely try freezing them too because I would love to share with my co-workers!

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  71. Gina these are awesome! I have quite a few recipes for eggless, flourless cookies that use banana and oats but most of them also use PB and some agave/maple to glue them together. Awesome you didn't even need to! Pinned!

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  72. I've been waiting to make these until I finally had two ripe bananas and I'm so glad I finally made them. Delicious!

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  73. Quick, easy, and kid approved. My daughter gives them two thumbs up.

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  74. I'm always a fan of easy recipes! Can't wait to try these!

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  75. I'm addicted to these "cookies"! Thanks for the great recipe:)

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  76. These are a godsend! I'm trying to get my husband to not eat so many desserts and these are great even without the chocolate chips. Just fantastic. I never, ever would have thought of this myself.

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  77. Can you use dried fruit and raw nuts in place of chocolate?

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  78. I just made these for my daughter and I. My daughter is a vegan so I used a semi-sweet chip from Enjoy Life Eat Freely (I think that is the brand). These are really good.

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  79. Ok - I have now made these a few times and I am truly addicted!! I add chopped walnuts - omg - so good!!! I have shared the recipe many times on fb and have gotten a few friends also addicted!!! I absolutely love your site. I have made numerous recipes and love them all!!!

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  80. I'm eating them right now! I added chopped walnuts,,, OMG delicious! Perfect for cookie cravings with an ice cold glass of milk!

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  81. Thank you sooo much for this recipe. I just chanced upon it and had needed to get rid of my quick cooking oats. I even bought bananas and let them ripen. But I am wary of just bananas and therefore want to add cocoa powder and butter and maybe some honey. Will post how they turn out.

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    1. I think I didn't add enough oats and couldn't manage to open my jar of honey. So substituted with sugar. Baked for 20 mins @ 180 C and ended up with baby brownies!!! Not a bad bargain...Awesome!

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  82. Fat 3, Carbs 19, Fiber 2, and Protein 2 is 3 PP.

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    1. Yeah I checked too and I got 3 points

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    2. I just input the ingredients into recipe builder and I got 2 points for 2 cookies

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  83. Had to tell my 14-year-old daughter to... Step. Away. From. The. Cookie Sheet. She LOVED them! Made them tonight (easy, easy) and they are delicious. Used "medium ripe" as you mentioned and old-fashioned oats. So simple and so perfect. Thank you!

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    1. Haha. I just realized it meant medium-sized ripe bananas. Not medium ripe. Oh, well. They were great. Have made them three times in one week. I've sent them to my college daughter and she loves them - she's a tough judge so way to go!

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  84. These were delicious. I added coconut to mine.

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  85. Can you add in some all natural peanut butter to these?

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  86. Instead of dropping them on a cookie sheet, I bake mine in a muffin pan. That way they all come out round and are easy to take as a breakfast bar.

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  87. I made a batch and stored them in a Tupperware container for the week and they stayed perfect. My only suggestion is I did zap them in the microwave before eating for about 15 seconds. Made them a little warm and the chocolate sort of melted. Perfection! I'm addicted. Thank you!

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  88. OMG you weren't kidding these are addictingly good!!! This was my first time making this type of cookie ever, so i was skeptical, but WOW! I had some bananas on hand that were super ripe, so i only baked off a few and froze the rest to make for later. Because, really i could totally have eaten all of them LOL!!! I also used mini chips (since that's what i had) and added cinnamon and nutmeg, YUM!!!! Thanks for another great and easy recipe!!! New to the blog and loving it!! :)

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  89. Can u use strawberries? i loved the banana ones but have big supply of berries

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  90. These are our family favorite! They're so good it's ridiculous and I love that there's not a bunch of white sugar in them. We've made them without chocolate too and my girls (2 &4) still went nuts for them. Thank you for this healthy treat!

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  91. I made these last night for dessert (along with your lentil and chicken thighs soup for dinner, so yummy) and they were another big hit! I added about 2 tbsp of PB2 powder for a little peanutty flavor too.

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  92. I just made these and they were just ok. I did use thawed, well drained frozen bananas and they came out too gummy. I cooked an additional 3 min but didn't work for me.

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  93. Thank u so much for this recipe. I made the ones with peanut butter and with walnuts they are super yummy!! Can't wait to try this one

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  94. I am going to add almonds and cannberries

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  95. I made these last night and they were delicious! I put them in the fridge overnight and they were just as good the next day.

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  96. I have to say that when I saw this recipe I thought it was too good to be true! Three ingredients with no real added sweetener of any sort?! I have made two batches of these now and can honestly say that these have now saved me from the mid afternoon cravings at work especially as there is a little chocolate to keep it at bay! thank you so much for the low calorie recipe Gina.

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  97. This recipe couldn't be any easier. Love the banana and chocolate flavor. I added a spoonful of cocoa powder for a richer chocolate flavor.

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