Banana Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies


    • 3 very ripe bananas
    • 2 cups old-fashioned oats (not instant)
    • 1 cup pitted and chopped dried Medjool dates
    • 1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

    Preheat oven to 350°F.

    Mash bananas in a bowl. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.

    Allow mixture to sit for 30 minutes.

    Using a mini ice cream scoop or tablespoon, scoop out dough onto parchment-lined baking sheet.

    Bake until cookies are brown around the edges, 25 to 30 minutes.

    To make bars instead of cookies, place the dough in a 7 x 11-inch dish sprayed with cooking spray. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes until golden and allow to cool. Cut into bars or squares.

    Peggy Kotsopoulos is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Health Educator, and Culinary Consultant focused on teaching REAL health through lifestyle and dietary choices that are easy and delicious. She whips up healthy and delicious meals on her own TV show Peggy K’s Kitchen Cures on Z Living. Originally working in investments in Toronto, Canada, Peggy found her true passion for nutrition and healthy eating by bringing her own guilt-free goodies to corporate meetings as an alternative to bagels and danishes. As colleagues and clients became intrigued, Peggy started leading seminars and founded a company-wide corporate wellness program. Seven years later, Peggy followed her passion to the United States where she became certified as a Health Educator, and graduated from Living Light Culinary Arts Institute in California. She is the founder of beVibrant consulting in Toronto, where she develops wellness programs for large corporate clients, schools, and food establishments. Peggy is the resident nutritionist for CBC’s Steven and Chris show, and has been featured in major publications including Fitness Magazine, Shape and Yahoo! Shine.