Good for the lunch box: Skinny chunky monkey cookies

Once, I was flippantly fly-by-the-seat-of-my pants. Then I met Dave, and we each worked spells on each other. I transformed him into an eggplant, quinoa, and other healthy foods eater, and he turned me into a right stubborn List Maker. The spreadsheet obsessive, Excel-happy kind. Since the arrival of Felix, however, that’s changed significantly, along with too many things to count (but not the eggplant, quinoa, and other healthy foods eating, hooray!). I still make bunches of lists, but they dance in disorganized fashion in my head, and they consist of topics like: Things I Can Accomplish One-Handed, Ways of Arranging a Pseudo Productive Boppy Environment, and Things I can Make Wearing the Little Monkey in the Boba Wrap. As far as that last one is concerned, this cookie recipe fits the bill nicely.

I hardly feel like I deserve the title “Busy Mom” yet, but “Nursing Mom” feels awfully close  and given the accepted constant sleep-deprivation, I am all for cooking according to busy mom philosophy. Sometimes that means picking the slow cooker meal that doesn’t require any browning, or anything but chopping in advance; sometimes it means giving up BPA blues and embracing the convenience of the odd can. But the end product still needs to fit in the range of what I’d call healthy.

These skinny chunky monkey cookies, so easy to prepare, are for sure going to make their way into future lunch boxes for my little monkey (and are being stored in a mental Plans for 4 Years From Now list). They use mashed bananas, oats, cocoa powder, a little applesauce and a bit of peanut butter, vanilla, and that’s it.  One quick batch makes a lot, too (like two large cookie sheets, and they are good. OK, they are good in a healthy-tasting way, and if you’re not into Things that Taste on the Healthy Side, they might not be for you. For instance, Dave does not like them at all. I love them however, and if you are into things that taste on the healthy side, you may well find them lick the batter good like I do. And, without eggs or anything you’d question in batter, that is definitely part of the fun. While making them, I felt simultaneously proud of myself for managing healthy cookie baking wrapped with the little monkey, and guiltily like a bad mom when I got greedy and allowed some of the batter to drop from my finger onto Felix’s nose. I’m not sure where this recipe originally came from (thanks, Linds, for sharing on Facebook), but if someone does, let me know! I had to get this one in the records…it’s a keeper.

Skinny Chunky Monkey Cookies

  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 2 cups oats
  • 1/4 cup natural peanut butter (or substitute another nut butter)
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Mash bananas. Add the rest of the ingredients, stir, and let sit for 20 minutes.
  3. Drop by teaspoonful onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 10-12 minutes.
  1. Lisa
    September 25, 2013

    Yum!! Looks like another winner 🙂

    • Wendy McMillan
      September 25, 2013

      Thanks, Lisa! I’ll try to remember to bring some to Burlington when we’re comfortable visiting school! 🙂

  2. Becky
    September 25, 2013

    I made these a few weeks ago, and the kids and I liked them. I then remade them with more peanut butter. Todd liked them. I also tried one time without the cocoa and instead but a few chocolate chips in them. Those were a huge hit. I was actually planning on making these again tonight with the kids.

    • Wendy McMillan
      September 25, 2013

      Thanks Becky!I almost said, I bet they’re amazing with chocolate chips! Next time I’ll try your suggestions. 🙂

  3. Kristin
    September 25, 2013

    I’ve done something like these before! They are yummy and all family members liked it. I actually put flax seeds and bittersweet chocolate chips and no one was the wiser! Love you! And don’t feel guilty. I can’t tell you how many times I ate while nursing and a little piece of food fell on Emily’s head. I just brushed it off and we’d be good.

    • Wendy McMillan
      September 25, 2013

      Those sound great! Was just thinking of you–let’s catch up again your next day off or weekend! Skype?

  4. Melissa
    September 25, 2013

    For your “8-10 Years From Now” list… I am going to have my children make these cookies for me!! Great recipe!

    • Wendy McMillan
      September 25, 2013

      That sounds awesome, Melissa!! Good luck with conferences next week…hope to see you soon again after that? 🙂

  5. Christina Gillen
    September 25, 2013

    I am so torn! What do I love best? The recipe? The way you write? The picture of your two guys? Yes! Yes! Yes!

    • Wendy McMillan
      September 25, 2013

      Christina, you are just soooo wonderful, and so very good to me! I hope the school year is going well so far, and it settles soon so we can make plans to introduce you and the little monkey! Hugs!! xo

  6. kristie
    September 26, 2013

    Yum! I can’t wait to try these! And making your veggie burgers for dinner tonight (GF version).

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