Thank The Cheat Day Gods: 5 Healthy Dessert Recipes That Are Good For Your Hair Too

September 24, 2015  |  

Banana Pecan Cookies

Cookies are usually loaded with worthless sugar and fat, as well as empty calories, but this recipe uses creamy bananas as a sweet base to increase the health factor for your waistline and hairline. Rich in iron and vitamin C, bananas help promote hair growth. The added vitamin E in pecans provides a double boost to the mane of anyone snacking on this mouthwatering dessert.

Prep Time:
15 mins.

Total Time:
About 30 mins.

1.5 cups white whole-wheat flour
1.5 cup old-fashioned oats
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2 medium ripe bananas
1 large egg (or 1/4 cup egg substitute)
2 tablespoons canola (or grape seed) oil
3/4 cup brown sugar (packed)
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
3/4 cup toasted pecans

Preparation: 38 servings
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat two large baking sheets with oil spray and set aside. In a large bowl, mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Then, in a separate bowl, mash together the bananas, egg, vanilla, applesauce, brown sugar and oil.

Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, and blend thoroughly. Fold in the oats, and then add the pecans. Make sure all dry ingredients are well blended into the batter. [Optional: If you want to play around with your flavor palate, try adding raisins, dried cranberries, dried cherries or dark chocolate chips for a sweeter taste.]

Drop tablespoons of batter onto the baking sheets, spacing cookies about two inches apart. If you prefer flatter cookies, gently press down with the back of a spoon before placing into the oven. Then bake for 12-14 minutes, or until cookies are golden brown on top.

Nutrition Facts:
Serving Size: 1 cookie
Calories: 80
Protein: 2g
Total Fat: 3g
Saturated Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 5mg
Total Carbohydrates: 12g
Dietary Fiber: 2g
Sodium: 35g


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