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I love the combination of bananas and chocolate.  I made these not-too-sweet cookies for my son’s lunch as they are school safe (nut free) and pretty healthy as far as cookies go!

Chocolate Banana Cookies
3 mashed bananas
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup raw cacao powder (or regular cocoa powder)
2 Tbsp sunflower butter
2 Tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce (I used organic apple-cherry sauce)
2 cups quick oats
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup dairy-free chocolate chips

Combine the first seven ingredients in a bowl.  Measure the oats in a cup then add the salt and stir well.  Pour the flour mixture into the banana mixture, then add the chocolate chips and combine well.   Use an ice cream scoop to form cookies and drop onto greased cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees for about 12 minutes.  Let cookies sit to cool and set for at least five minutes before eating.

Notes: These cookies are not very sweet so if you like a decadent cookie, increase the sweetener.  To be truly gluten free, be sure to choose oats labeled gluten free.

These cookies are pretty healthy (sugar free, gluten free, packed with fruit) so they are my submission for Healthy Vegan Friday week 3, Gluten Free Fridays (thank you, Cindy at Vegetarian Mamma, for inviting me to participate!), Mangia Mondays and Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays (hosted by Simply Sugar and Gluten Free).  Click the links to learn more about these blog hops and find inspiration for some healthy, whole food recipes!

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