Sinless Cookies: Munch On These Guilt-Free

I’ve been seeing this recipe floating around on Facebook, but I can’t find it’s origin so I’m putting up my own take on it to refer back to.

Now, let me be clear. These are not what I would call cookies. I see them as a healthy, cookie-substitute that will satisfy your sweet tooth. They are nutritious enough to give to your kids and feel like you’ve really provided for them. Protein, fiber, potassium and fruit. No eggs, oil, butter, sugar, flour or dairy (provided you use vegan chocolate chips, like I did, since that’s what I had in the pantry). They’d also make great nursing “cookies,” since they’re chock full of oats!

Do I love them? No. Do I like them enough to eat them instead of Birthday Oreos, when I’m feeling guilty about the number on the scale? Yes. Are they worth a try? Absolutely. They are the easiest baked good I’ve thrown together in as long as I can remember.

Sinless Cookies: Munch On These Guilt-Free

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Sinless Cookies: Munch On These Guilt-Free

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 c quick oats
  • 1/2 c mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 heaping tbs peanut butter

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350. Combine bananas and peanut buter in a small bowl with a hand mixer. Stir in quick oats and chocolate chips. Using small ice cream scoop, plop dough balls onto cookie sheet, evenly spaced. Bake for 15 minutes. Allow to cool on tray for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire rack or plate.
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You could experiment with other mix-ins, too. Craisins, dried cherries, white chocolate or yogurt chips? YUM! Have at it and let me know what you think…

i bribe my baby to eat. sorry not sorry.

Two year old eating cakeMadeline has always been on the petite end of the spectrum. At one year old, she was only in the 10th percentile for weight. At her well-child check up, our pediatrician suggested two things- 1. We try to get calories into her however we could. 2. We keep a food journal on her eating habits.

So, being the obedient parents we are, we offered Maddie Pediasure shakes, we cooked her veggies in olive oil and butter, we even served up the double whammy- vanilla Haagen Daaz ice cream drizzled with a lemon olive oil- for dessert. And we journaled religiously for two weeks. What we found is that Madeline consumes her food in small portions, frequently. She rarely finishes a dinner. She is what some might call a grazer or a snacker. I just call her a toddler hell-bent on exerting her independence. You do you.

Over the last year, I’ve figured out a few tricks that have helped Maddie develop healthier eating habits. I discovered that when I cut off afternoon snacking at 3:30PM, dinners were much more likely to be consumed. Likewise with water, which we don’t offer during mealtime until after she has made a dent in her plate. But hands down, the most effective way to get our thriving two year old to eat a real meal? Bribery.

It’s no secret that Madeline loves her some seltzy tea aka seltzer mixed with a splash of juice. And we have started using this knowledge to our advantage.

Case in point: For as long as I can remember, Madeline has pushed meat to the side of her plate, not attempting a single bite. She knows, intuitively, she doesn’t like it, whatever it may be. But as soon as a half-full glass of seltzy tea happens to show up on the table, that same little girl can convince herself to finish every morsel of meat on her plate- be it pulled pork, breaded chicken, steak or fish sticks. She shoves the food into her mouth faster than you can say, “Toddlers is crazy.” We reward excellent eating with a few swigs of her coveted beverage. The contrary is also made clear on the upfront- that she does not have to eat the food on her plate, but if she doesn’t, she won’t be sipping from the big girl cup. It is her choice. And she has time and time again chosen to eat and drink. Parents- 1. Madeline- 0.

Offering up an incentive to eat has made mealtimes so much easier. We aren’t stressed out, trying to force bites into our tiny tot. Maddie isn’t unhappy, because if she’s actually “not hungee,” as she sometimes claims, she is not made to eat. There are less tantrums, less waste and less dogs underfoot waiting for scraps to be swiped to the floor.

Now I’m not saying bribery is the answer. I’m just saying bribery. is. the. answer. The numbers don’t lie, guys. At her two year check up, we learned Madeline gained five pounds in the last year and jumped up to the 26th percentile for weight!

Bribery: its not just for crooks and politicians anymore!

They say that it takes trying something you don’t like multiple times before you learn to enjoy it. I’m hoping Maddie’s exposure to (protein and calorie rich) foods she’d otherwise shun, will help her acquire a taste for them, thus eliminating the need for the bribe. So either that will happen or this will all come back to bite me in the bottom. I’ll let you know in ten years!

donuts: good to eat and good for you.

Today is National Donut Day. I don’t believe I’ve ever celebrated this holiday before, but there’s no time like the present. When Madeline wakes up from nap, she and I will head to Krispy Kreme for a couple of complementary glazed treats. Wahoo! It will be my first real splurge in over a week. Since posting about my bad habit, I’ve actually been sticking to some of your healthier snack suggestions, namely greek yogurt with mix-ins (Coco Loco or Raspberry Dark Chocolate) and mixed berries with mini chocolate chips. Calcium. Vitamin C. Antioxidents. Keepin’ that donut off my hips, am I right ladies?

Are you picking up my sarcasm? I should hope so, cause I’m laying it on pretty thick. We all know I bought the blousy swim suit specifically to give myself a little extra breathing room at the pool this preggo summer!

Now there is one lucky lady out there who has more to celebrate than just a free donut, because she is the winner of the $50 Albion Fit Gift Card giveaway! And her name is VICKI HOWES! Congratulations, Vicki, thank you to all who entered and thank you to Albion Fit for such a fun opportunity!a Rafflecopter giveaway

If you, like me, are hoping to epitomize “comfort-chic” while basking in the sun (covered in sunscreen, of course), treat yourself to your very own blousy suit. Or better yet- this ruched one piece. Very slimming! Just don’t forget to use my exclusive 15% off discount code to AlbionFit.com: keepcalm15 Offer expires Sunday, June 8, 2014.