Recently there's been a shortage of flour and eggs. This recipe doesn't contain either and you can make these cookies low sodium as long as you're using unsalted peanut butter.
These healthy cookies contain the goodness of peanut butter, strawberries, bananas, applesauce and most importantly...dark chocolate chips. Mmmmm how I love chocolate chips!
As you know from my other cookie recipes, I do like to go extra heavy on the dark chocolate chips but for this one, I stayed with a heaping 1/2 cup. While that gave an adequate amount of chocolate chips, I did add in a few after baking and they melted by just being pushed into the warm cookie.
These are not your typical sweet, oooey gooey cookie. If you're not used to the low sodium/no sodium cookie, you might feel it needs a little extra. I don't use salted peanut butter but I'm sure the recipe would be fine with it.
It's also more like a breakfast cookie. Maybe it's the oats but it is a denser cookie. I felt it was a nice change up when I wanted to eat on the healthier side but still have a little treat.
It has Thrive Life strawberries and Thrive Life bananas too. It adds that little extra healthy sneak in of fruits (along with the Thrive Life applesauce) in cookies. Thrive Life fruits are freeze dried. With the strawberries and bananas, I powdered them in a food processor. It took about 20-30 seconds. The flavor isn't overwhelming and just gives hints when you are eating the cookies.
We use Crazy Richard's peanut butter. It doesn't contain sodium and just peanuts! It's 100% natural, GMO free and most of all sodium free. It comes in creamy and crunchy. We keep both on hand but for this recipe, use the creamy peanut butter. It's hard to find a peanut butter with no sodium and this one tastes great and works for all our recipes too!
To prepare the applesauce I made a 1/2 batch using Thrive's applesauce. It's super easy! Just add 1 1/4 cups water to your blender and then a 1/2 cup applesauce. Blend for about 15 seconds or until it reaches applesauce consistency. Since freeze dried foods reduce when powdered, this will make about 1 1/8 cups of applesauce.
Thrive Life's applesauce is unsweetened. It doesn't contain added sugars either. It's just the sugars that are naturally occurring in apples. If you feel that you want something added to the cookies, you could sweeten your applesauce with a little sugar or honey. You could also add in cinnamon which would be a nice addition to these cookies.
These went in the oven for 10 minutes. Be careful to not overbake them. They don't have eggs and you don't want to dry them out. They will continue to bake a little once you take them out of the oven. I always transfer mine to parchment paper but you could also cook them on a rack. I would say at max, don't go over 12 minutes. You don't want them brown or burnt.
We stored these in the fridge and they do become a little chewier. More breakfast bar-like when you put them in the fridge.
Strawberry Banana Applesauce Cookies
- 1 1/8 c. Thrive Life Applesauce (refreshed)
- 1 3/4 c. Quick Cooking Oats
- 1/4 c. Thrive Life Strawberries (heaping)
- 1/2 c. Thrive Life Bananas (heaping)
- 1/2 c. Natural Peanut Butter (we use Crazy Richards no sodium peanut butter)
- 2 tablespoons Raw, Organic Honey (or Thrive's Honey, prepared)
- 1/2 c. Dark Chocolate Chips (heaping)
Preheat over to 350 degrees.
In a blender, blend together 1 1/4 c. water and 1/2 cup Thrive Life applesauce. Blend about 15 seconds or until applesauce consistency.
In a food processor, blend strawberries and bananas until powdered. Do not refresh them with water. Measure the heaping amount with the whole strawberries or bananas.
In a large bowl combine applesauce, quick cooking oats, peanut butter and honey. Stir by hand until mixed. Stir in dark chocolate chips.
On a parchment paper lined baking sheet, using a cookie scoop, take from the cookie mixture. Then roll into a ball and place on the baking sheet. Press down slightly to flatten each cookie. These do not spread when baking.
Bake for 10 minutes. These will continue cooking so transfer them to parchment paper or cooling rack. Depending on your oven, you might bake these for up to 12 minutes but since there isn't eggs in this recipe, I went lower on the cooking time.
Makes approximately 18 cookies.
Why use Thrive Life foods?
Thrive food is different than any other kind you’ll find on the market.
- These foods won’t spoil in a few days…or even a few weeks. They’re good.
- You won’t be thawing, degreasing, or cutting raw meat.
- You won’t be chopping veggies or washing and peeling fruit.
- There’s an extra burst of flavor you won’t find anywhere else! Just take a bite!
- Just toss in any meal or refresh (rehydrate) in warm water.
- Free of GMOs, preservatives, artificial nonsense and chemical junk
- The Nutrilock Promise! It's our little secret that makes our food higher in nutrients and freeze-dried fresh all year long. It's a rigorous 41 step process that one we own, and that it takes that wild, naturally ripened food and gently locks in the nutrients and flavor without the use of preservatives. Can the grocery store do that?
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