I’m trying to put my big toe into the world of healthier eating. I got Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s book, “Eat to Live” and his cookbook “Relish it.” But this is slow going for me. I’m just not ready to live in a world without animal products. And before I embrace any cookbook, I have to try their desserts. If there aren’t good desserts, well, then, life is too short.
But this one was worth trying and tasting. Of course I assumed he forgot the chocolate chips, so I added 1/3 cup of dark chips. Just to be certain.
They are not too sweet, which I like. I also like the chewy texture from walnuts and the sweet bites of dates and coconut.
And these can be eaten for breakfast, snack or dessert with no guilt. Gotta love that!
2 ripe bananas, mashed
2 cups quick oats – not instant
1/2 cup chopped dates
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/3 cup dark chocolate chips (optional)
1 tsp vanilla
Preheat oven to 350.
Spray 9″ square pan with baking spray – or butter.
Mix in a large bowl with a spoon until blended.
Press into the prepared baking pan. Smooth out.
Bake for 30 minutes or until golden on top.
For endless variations, change out the fruit to apricots, or prunes. Swap walnuts for pecans or almonds.
Swap the applesauce with yogurt or almond butter. Add cinnamon, almond flavoring or whatever flavors you love.
Play with your food!