Cranberry Coconut Healthy Cookies (Vegan, GF, DF)

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As you can probably tell from my posts, I don't eat many sweets or sugar anymore. I try to limit my sugar intake to only fruit which means not a lot of baked sweets happening around here. I prefer to 'save' my sugar indulgences for things like coconut ice cream or a piece of vegan layer cake. Treating it as a rare, special occasion thing has helped changed my sweet tooth to a healthy tooth. You'll notice most of my dessert recipes are sugar free, use natural sugars like maple syrup or are sweetened with a fruit. 

These cookies are made without sugar and sweetened only with a banana and the dried cranberries. 

Cranberry Coconut Healthy Cookies

1 mashed ripe banana

1/2 cup quick GF oats

2 tablespoons dried cranberries 

2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut flakes

1 tablespoon chopped pecans

dash cinnamon and nutmeg

pinch salt

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line a small baking tray with a silpat or parchment paper. Set aside. 

In a medium sized bowl, combine all ingredients. Use a tablespoon to portion 8 cookies onto prepared baking tray. Cookies will not flatten or expand during baking so flatten them into round cookie shapes. Bake 15 minutes. Remove. Cool. 

Healthy Cookies

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I don't really know what to call these but they are cookie-like and healthy.  Well, the healthy part it up to you, depending on what you mix in.  This is the base.  I added dark chocolate chips to one batch and then to another coconut shavings and smashed pecans.  

Healthy Cookies

1 banana, mashed

1/2 cup quick oats

1 tablespoon natural peanut butter (or almond butter)

Add in's of your choice:  Dried cranberries, dried tropical fruits, raisins, chocolate chips, coconut, nuts, cinnamon, spices... 

Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Mash banana.  Mix in oats, nut butter and anything else you've decided to throw in.  Form dough into small circles and flatten.  Arrange on a baking sheet lined with a silpat or lightly greased parchment paper.  (Cookies don't expand or flatten during baking so keep that in mind when shaping and spacing.)  Bake 15 minutes.  Remove and cool.