3 Ingredients to Make Healthy Holiday Cookies

The Christmas season is synonymous with cookies, desserts, and fattening indulgences that can be very hard to resist. I talked about ways to combat this in my previous blog post, and today I’m going to be tackling Christmas cookies.

In this post you will learn to make killer holiday cookies with only 3 main ingredients! That’s right, only 3!

Fact: Peanut butter is high in protein, making it an easy post workout snack!
Fact: Peanut butter is high in protein, making it an easy post workout snack!

I know what you’re probably thinking, “How good can a cookie taste if it only has 3 ingredients in it?” Well, the answer to that is, ‘it depends’. It depends on how good you make them and how well you’re able to combine different flavors, as well as trying new flavor combinations to see what works. The best part about only using 3 main ingredients is that you can afford to experiment in the kitchen–which, let’s be honest–is the best part of cooking.

Ready for the 3 ingredients? Here they are: Nut Butter, Oats, and Bananas. 

Yep, that’s it.

For real, I’m not kidding. These cookies are so easy to make, and the best part is, if you’ve

Fact: Bananas are a great source of Potassium.
Fact: Bananas are a great source of Potassium.

got younger children, this kind of cookie is the PERFECT cookie recipe to get them involved in the kitchen.

So here are the rough guidelines for making these cookies, and I will explain later how you can customize this template to make the cookies unique in flavor.

1. Mash bananas until they have the consistency of banana pudding (pun intended).

2. Combine nut butter and oats into the mashed bananas.

3. Put your cookie mash on cooking trays and bake at 350 for 15 – 20 minutes, or depending on what consistency you prefer your cookies to be.

Fact: Oats are a healthy source of carbohydrates.
Fact: Oats are a healthy source of carbohydrates.

So that’s it. Seriously, 3 main ingredients, 3 main directions.

Now, here’s where the fun part comes in.

Yes, these cookies taste delicious just with the three ingredients, but at MealFit, we’re always looking to kick it up a notch.

With that said, here are three options to spice up these cookies from yours truly.

1. Add Protein Powder

This first idea isn’t anything revolutionary, but they make cookies taste so good. 99% of the time I bake, I put protein powder in whatever I’m making (and yes, that includes pancakes). Protein powder will add protein, amino acids, and energy needed to give your cookies the edge over Grandma Betty’s gingerbread men.

There is one discretion to using protein powder though: Make sure the flavors mesh well.

Fact: Vanilla Protein powder is the best for cookies.
Fact: Vanilla Protein powder is the best for cookies.

Obviously if you add vanilla or chocolate to these cookies, you won’t have a problem. But what if you buy strawberry flavored (and if you do, it’s time for an intervention), or another fruity flavored? You might want to skip out on adding that fruity flavors to your peanut butter rich cookies.

2. BACON!

You knew it was coming!!There’s two ways to add bacon to these cookies. The first way to add bacon would be to cook the bacon almost completely, before you go to bake the cookies. Then you take the almost cooked bacon, chop it up, and add it to your batter. Then when you bake your cookies, the bacon will finish cooking as well.

Fact: Bacon makes you more attractive.
Fact: Bacon makes you more attractive.

The second way to add bacon is to make a candied bacon on top of your cookies. How do you do this? Take bacon, cut them into little squares and place them on a baking sheet. Next, take honey and drizzle honey over your bacon squares. Now, pop those bad boys in the oven and give it around 10 minutes (I would watch the bacon every couple minutes to make sure you don’t burin it though). The honey will crystallize onto the bacon once heated, and it will create jimmies (or sprinkles) made out of bacon for y’all to sprinkle on your cookies.

3.  Experiment with Nut Butters

Is peanut butter your favorite? How about almond butter? And have you ever tried sunflower seed butter? All of these nut butters can be used in these cookies, and each different nut butter will provide a different taste, texture, and feel to the cookies, so why not try out a few different nut butters? If cost is something you worry about, stay clear of sunflower butter. Here in Syracuse, NY (granted, everything is more expensive in NY) it’s around $11 for a small jar of sunflower butter. Peanut butter is always cheap, and then your next bet will be almond butter. Justin’s is a great brand.

At the end of the day, however, you decide to spice up (or mellow out) these cookies is totally up to you. I hope you enjoyed this blueprint because I want y’all to see that you can make killer holiday cookies from just three main ingredients.

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