I have a weakness for sweets and baked goods, so staying away from wheat and sugar is often difficult for me. Ryan has been making some pretty yummy whole-wheat cookies lately, which are relatively healthy as cookies go, but I’d still rather not get into the habit of eating wheat again. And gluten-free baking is way too complicated and daunting for me. Too many ingredients! So I was pretty stoked when I found this recipe for Gerson-approved oatmeal raisin cookies. I’m a fan of any recipe that involves just 6 ingredients, and since this one is made with apples and banana, it’s pretty darn wholesome.
I tried them out tonight, eager to try a new healthy recipe after pigging out on mashed potatoes and stuffing yesterday.
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 35 minutes
- 1 banana
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 1/2 cup apple sauce
- 1/2 cup apple juice
- 1 Tbsp honey
- 1 1/4 cup raw oats
In a mixing bowl, mash banana. Then add all other ingredients. Mix and spoon onto glass baking dish. Bake at 350 for 35 minutes.
Note: For the apple juice, I juiced 1.5 apples, and for the applesauce, I ran another through the food processor. It was more pureed apple than applesauce, so I don’t know how much that affected the final result. Of course you could use conventional apple sauce and apple juice, but I wouldn’t recommend using anything with preservatives or other artificial ingredients.
The verdict: They’re not really like any other cookies I’ve ever had. They’re more like … little balls of oatmeal with fruit. You could totally eat them for breakfast. They’re definitely not as sweet as I’d like, but I can overlook that considering how healthy they are. Ryan said they would be more like actual cookies if you threw in some whole wheat flour, but that would defeat the purpose. But overall, they’re not bad. Crispy on the outside soft and gooey on the inside. I couldn’t stop eating them, which may or may not have had something to do with the fact that I had only a small bowl of soup for dinner. I’d try them again, but maybe with more raisins and maybe add a little Stevia to see if it makes them any sweeter.