I don’t know about you, but sometimes I just feel too lazy to cook. Whether I’ve just made a lot of home cooked meals recently or just don’t feel like doing the dishes, this cooking laziness happens on a semi-regular basis.
And that wouldn’t necessarily be a problem—except that I’ve noticed that the lazier I get when it comes to cooking, the less healthy I eat.
So to try and combat that unhealthy eating pattern, I decided to put together some incredibly easy, totally excuse-free healthy cookies. These cookies are so easy to make, you can’t even pretend to be too lazy to make them. Plus, they have absolutely zero added sweeteners and can be made with ingredients almost everyone has just sitting around in their kitchen.
Since I made these for the first time, I’ve made multiple batches—I love them as pre-workout snack or to just throw a couple in my purse for healthy snacking while I’m away from home. Try them, you won’t be sorry!
Here’s how to make the easiest 5 ingredient healthy cookies ever:
1 cup oats (I used quick cooking ones)
1 banana (the riper the better)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 Tbsp dried cherries (or other dried fruit)
1 Tbsp walnuts (optional but yummy)
Heat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. While the oven is heating up, mush the banana and oats together so that there are no chunks of banana left and every single oat is covered. This is really important since we’re not using any liquid and you don’t want to bite into any dry oats after cooking these suckers! Also, this is a lot easier to do with a ripe banana, so if you’re trying with a greenish one you might have some troubles.
Once the banana and oats are mushed together, stir in the cinnamon, dried cherries and walnuts. Take an ice cream scoop or a spoon and mold miniature cookie balls onto a lightly greased cookie sheet or a Silpat (I love these, if you haven’t noticed).
Place in your oven and let bake for about 20 minutes, or until they’re slightly browned on the bottom. Make sure not to overcook them since part of the deliciousness of these cookies is how moist they are!
Dunk in some milk of your choice and enjoy!
Macros (per 1/12 recipe):