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Low-Fat Banana Oatmeal Cookies

Yesterday, I was asked to bring “something healthy” to eat for refreshments to my monthly garden club meeting.  I went to my favorite cookbook “Recipes to Lower Your Fat Thermostat” by Larene Gaunt and found this recipe for Banana Oatmeal Cookies. 

Both my husband Jim and I thought they were delicious.  They even passed the “teenager test” when my niece Torie and her boyfriend, Eric,  liked them too.   They were moist, not too sweet, tasty, and full of healthy ingredients. 

I took them with great pride, hoping for someone to ask me for the recipe.  It did not happen.

I’d be lieing if I said I was not disappointed.  Does something have to be sinfully rich and full of calories to get this great honor?  Admittedly, I did not have a chance to tell people how healthy they were, but frankly, I have found that many people don’t care.  I have actually been made fun of in the past (not from this group) for taking the pains to make food healthy.

I can’t wait for the day when eating healthy becomes as popular a “fad” as being a “frugal shopper” is now. 

For those of you who appreciate healthy food, this recipe is for you.

Banana Oatmeal Cookies

  • 1/4 c oil
  • 1/2 c brown sugar
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1-1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 bananas, mashed
  • 1 c whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 3 c rolled oats
  • 1 c raisins OR
  • 3/4 c dates, chopped

Bake at 375 degrees for 12-15 minutes.  Store in airtight container.

Per cookie 56 calories, 23% fat

Let me know how you like them.

  1. Mary, they sound yummy.
    I don’t turn on my oven until October but I’ll have to give them a try at that time.

  2. As a follow-up, I took these cookies to a family picnic and I am happy to report that my 12-year old niece, Hannah, L-O-V-E-D these cookies and asked me for the recipe (totally unprompted, I thank you very much!)

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