I bought a food dehydrator years ago, but never used it. I completely forgot about it, until my cat opened the cupboard in my kitchen, and there it was!
So I decided I wanted to make healthy oatmeal cookies. I had to consult with my friend, Joanne Gero for help because I have no experience using a dehydrator. You'll have to watch the video to see what I learned 😂
- 3 cups rolled oats (I used Bob's Red Mill 5 Grain Rolled Hot Cereal)
- 3 medium ripe bananas
- 1 cup raisins (nice and juicy ones.. don't buy stale pellets!). Joanne mentioned she prefers using dates.
- 1/2 cup natural peanut butter (you could substitute with almond butter)
- I used 1 TBSP calorie free maple syrup, but you can use regular maple syrup, or agave syrup, or yacon syrup. I'm sure you could also try honey, or even a pinch of cinnamon. Don't use too much sweetener... just a little bit because dehydrated food concentrates the sweetness.
- Toss all the ingredients into a food processor and mix thoroughly. The batter shouldn't be runny.
- I used the 2 middle trays from my Excalibur 4-tray food dehydrator lined with a non-stick sheet (or parchment paper will work). I spooned the cookie dough onto the trays (9 cookies per tray). I topped the cookies with raisins. Joanne recommends you use mini chocolate chips because raisins are already dehydrated and could end up becoming rock hard (but my raisins were really juicy, so they were ok). If you use chocolate chips: use miniature ones (so it doesn't melt everywhere).
- I dehydrated at 145 degrees for 1 hour. Then at 115 degrees for 8 hours. I left them overnight. Dehydrating time will depend on how moist you want your cookies. You can store them in the fridge for 1-2 weeks. Or you can freeze them.
Makes 18 cookies. 1 cookie is 147 calories, 4.4g fat, 0.5g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 2.4mg sodium, 24.8g carbs, 3.9g fibre, 9.3g sugars, 4.7g protein
But if you are like me, you'll probably eat 3 cookies 😜 and that's 441 delicious calories.
I've been an intermittent faster and a flexible dieter since 2012. I put together an entire system (an e-Book) that shows you how to make it work for your schedule, goals and eating personality. I call it the Fat Loss Fast System. It's a sustainable approach to eating. I really enjoy helping people who love the daily process ... people who love finding value in making choices that are right for their body. When it comes to body recomposition and fitness, I believe that fixation on the endgame is the reason why people become so disappointed and end up throwing in the towel. My passion is teaching you how to love the daily process. That's the secret to long-term success!