Happy Memorial Day! I thought I would slip in a quick recipe in case you were looking for something simple and healthy to make. Truth is, I am feeling a bit guilty because we actually left our 4 boys for one night this weekend, which is a rare occurrence. A long overdue, much needed escape to see some friends act in a play called “ART”. The performance, I may add, was fantastic. So here I am making my boys one of their favorite “healthy” treats just so I can see the big smiles on their faces.
I not only used gluten-free, vegan substitutions for these cookies, I also added a few power packed ingredients to give it an extra nutritional bonus. There is plenty of protein from the almond butter and walnuts which are beneficial in building muscle. Bananas are a great source of potassium and combined with sodium work to balance the fluids and electrolyte levels in your body especially after a long run. Oatmeal contains a type of soluble fiber called beta glucan which aids in lowering LDL cholesterol levels. High in fiber, oatmeal will help you feel full longer, eases constipation and also controls blood sugar.
This leads me to my final healthy ingredient… Chia Seeds! Native to Mexico and Guatemala, chia seeds are a great source of fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. Other benefits include calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus and zinc. Not only an excellent added nutritional bonus, chia seeds can also be used as an egg replacer. When combined with water they form a gel-like consistency (mucilage) which helps bind the recipe.
Most importantly, I love to see the look on my boys’ faces when they take a bite of this flavorful, gooey and delectable treat!
What is your favorite cookie?
What are you doing for Memorial Day?
What do you eat for breakfast?