I hope you’re all staying warm! In an effort to help bring the heat, I am happy to announce my first product give away – a Siracha 2 Go keychain. Oh yes, now you can ensure you never have to head out to a restaurant without the sweet spicy chili sauce everyone knows and loves. I’ll also throw in some ‘surprise’ products as well.
How to enter:
- Follow this blog if you aren’t already; and
- Like any post of your choice.
- For an an extra entry like the Vegan Hostess Facebook page.
I will randomly select the winner on Sunday, Feb. 22 at 6pm EST.
Okay, now on to the treats! I found a carton of oats in my refrigerator tonight, and I just couldn’t help myself. It’d been too long since I made a warm, chewy oatmeal cookie. The below-listed recipe is for a slightly more healthy version which utilizes whole wheat flour in lieu of all-purpose, Splenda instead of sugar, and mashed bananas as the binder. The cocoa and vegan chocolate chips pair wonderfully with the light banana flavor. Don’t take my word for it when I say this recipe produces a delicious, healthier alternative, try it yourself!
“Healthy” Chocolate Banana-Oat Cookies
Ingredients/ Shopping List:
- 2 overripe bananas (mine were frozen and thawed)
- ½ cup and 1 tbsp earth balance, softened
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ tsp almond extract
- ½ cup almond milk, unsweetened
- 1 cup Splenda
- ½ -3/4 cup cocoa powder
- 3 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 tsp baking powder
- ½ cup vegan chocolate chips
- ¼ cup crystalized ginger chips
- Preheat the oven to 350F.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Combine all wet and dry ingredients separately except the ginger and chocolate chips. (The cocoa and sugar get mixed with the wet ingredients).
- Once no flour or oat clumps remain, fold in the chocolate chips and crystalized ginger.
- Roll golf ball sizes balls of dough in your hands.
- Flatten until ~1 inch thick and place on the baking sheet.
- Repeat step 6, leaving 1-2 inches between cookies.
- Bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes.
- Remove the cookies and place on a cooling rack.