First, what did she bring this time? The dessert is called Nikki’s Healthy Cookie and uses bananas as the sweetener, which also happens to pull the ingredients together. It also contains oats and chocolate, so yes, we get our chocolate fix. The cookies were quite tasty, and as the author who shared the recipe put it, it is similar to a macaroon but has texture given the oats. Interestingly, the bananas did not overtake the flavor – perhaps the chocolate helped balance that out. If you are interested in the recipe, click here.
After trying this cookie, I had to learn more about where this recipe came from and was told about a great resource: 101 Cookbooks. I immediately went home and reviewed this website and found it to be quite impressive. The owner, Heidi Swanson, writes about recipes she likes based on her various travels and interests. She focuses on natural whole foods and ingredients, often adapting recipes she discovers to make them more healthy. She has her own cookbook and lists favorite cookbooks written by other authors. I also like that she sorts recipes by both category and food item. My favorite is the food item sort she does as I often look in my fridge to find a main ingredient I just don’t know what to do with!
I also wanted to share a recent discovery I made. For the past month, I noticed myself snacking quite a bit and realized it was because none of what I was eating felt satisfying. I was bored with my food regimen. I often ran across great recipes in the New York Times, so I changed my email settings such that I would get a feed every day on general and healthy recipes. These daily emails have inspired me to cook more, try new recipes, and have definitely curbed my snacking.
Here’s to your health…and good food!