banana oat protein cookies | paleo, gluten free

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On Monday, our Fitness Center had a Member Appreciation Day with lots of fun activities (including a rock wall), free food, and tons of giveaways. We had a great time, and even gave our regular Bootcamp class the gift of watching us (the instructors) workout – while they take a break – through the agility course we put them through. I’m kind of amazed at how much they got into it, and we just died laughing at the phrases our class yelled at us that they apparently get to hear from our mouths every day. A taste of our own medicine?

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At the end of the evening I helped clean up, and there was a whole box of apples and bananas left over, which our director begged us to take home. I try not to eat a whole lot of bananas just because they’re so high calorie (did you know one banana contains well over 100 calories??? What??). So those bananas have been sitting for a while, waiting to be turned into something amazing.

What do you do with a bundle of bananas when you are trying to eat healthy (banana bread and other banana desserts out of the picture)? Well, you make these amazing banana protein cookies! These are completely accredited to my fabulous friend, Caroline. They are SO easy, and delicious! Great pre or post-workout snack.

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Ingredients:
2 Bananas
2 Scoops of Gluten Free Vanilla Protein
1.5 Cups Gluten Free Oats

Mix ingredients together and bake on 350 for 15-18 mins. That’s. It.

I doubled the recipe and made 2 batches because as I told you, I had (and still have) a lot of bananas. My doubled batch came out to 14 cookies. 1 cookie equates to about half a (lean) protein bar.

Here’s the breakdown:
Calories: 125.7
Protein: 5.5 grams

The Larabar – ALT protein bar is about 210-240 calories (depending on the flavor) with 10g of protein. And Larabar is about as natural as you’re gonna get in a protein bar. So this cookie is very comparable!

If you give it a try, let me know what you think! I also think you could add some honey drizzled over the top, or even some cinnamon. I kept it pretty simple because it doesn’t really NEED any extra sugar, and the Lord knows I sure don’t either. :)

Have a great weekend!

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