These 4-Ingredient Cookies Are Your New Afternoon Go-ToAugust 5, 2021
Healthy doesn’t mean snacks are off limits. In fact, combining these two and opting for healthy snacks can benefit each one of us: snacks can help sustain energy levels, increase nutrient intake, and assist the body recover, as is the case for individuals who struggle with their blood sugar levels and others who workout and want something light and easy to eat in order to get their energy back. Let’s admit it though: more often than not, we go for unhealthy snacks because they’re the ones that taste especially good. Doesn’t matter if they don’t add anything of value health-wise: they’re divine!
But here’s a healthy alternative to add to your snack list: how about 4-ingredient cookies? Healthy snacking is a matter of choosing the right types of food to snack on so you can enjoy something quick in between meals, all without the guilt—and with this ingredient list, you get to enjoy these cookies guilt-free.
Ingredient #1: Bananas
On its own, bananas are a great and convenient snack food. Not only is it nutritious, they contain essential nutrients with benefits that have a positive impact on heart health, digestion, and weight loss. Just one banana is already rich in fiber, potassium, vitamin B6, vitamin C, magnesium, copper, and manganese—that’s a lot! And if you’re on a diet, you’re in luck: bananas have very little protein and nearly zero fat.
Ingredient #2: Chocolate
Ah yes. Talk about sin in food form. But contrary to popular belief and despite its bad reputation, chocolate has its share of great benefits and more so as the cocoa content goes up (we’re looking at you, dark chocolate). According to a review of chocolate’s benefits, the authors found that it can help lower cholesterol levels, reduce the risk of cardiovascular problems, and even prevent cognitive decline. As in all things though, we have to take note: moderation is key.
Ingredient #3: Oat Flour
Gluten-free is in, and this is just one alternative product because of it: oat flour. It can replace most recipes that require the generic flour and with more benefits: it’s rich in fiber, magnesium, biotin, copper, phosphorus, and manganese. And because oat flour is made out of whole grain oats, this means it will help you feel full for much longer.
Ingredient #4: Peanut Butter
Undeniably one of the more popular spreads around the world, peanut butter is an excellent protein source (at 25%). It’s low in carbohydrates, rich in healthy fats, and contains the following essential vitamins and minerals: vitamin B3 (niacin), vitamin B6, vitamin E, magnesium, folate, copper, and manganese. It’s also rich in antioxidants.
Preparing this is quick and painless, with no baking background required: mash the bananas, add the oat flour and chocolate, roll the desired portion into little balls, and bake in the oven. Simple and healthy, these will be your new afternoon go-to once you get a taste—give it a try and see for yourself!
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