Cherry Banana Oatmeal Cookies – made with steel cut oats, quinoa, bananas, dried cherries & pecans. They taste great and are super healthy for you!
I’ve always had a thing for oatmeal cookies. My mom has made them for more years than I care to reveal and, over those years, they’ve progressed from just regular oatmeal cookies to chocolate chip oatmeal, my personal favorite. Her recipe is amazing although I rarely make them myself because it’s more fun to look forward to them when I visit.
The recipe I’m sharing with you today isn’t your typical oatmeal cookie and it’s nothing like what Mom makes. There’s no flour, just steel-cut oats and quinoa with mashed bananas, dried cherries and some other goodies. I made them with Udi’s Steel Cut Oats after learning more about “ancient grains” (like quinoa, millet, chia, oats, flax and amaranth) and why they’re so good for you.
Here’s some of the information I learned recently about the two ancient grains I chose to use in this recipe (steel cut oats and quinoa):
Ancient grains can be included in any dish where you would normally use rice or oats. For example, you can make chia pudding instead of oatmeal for breakfast (and I LOVE chia in a smoothie, it’s become my absolute favorite). Instead of a rice pilaf, you can make a quinoa pilaf for dinner, or use it to make a healthy bowl! Many ancient grains can also be ground into flour to be used for baking. I chose to use both oats and quinoa in my recipe to provide an extra boost of nutrition and flavor.
Quinoa is a grain known for its anti-inflammatory properties. It contains healthy fats, and is high in minerals such as phosphorus, manganese, copper and
magnesium. This “ancient grain” is not even a grain, even though it’s treated like one – it’s a seed! Oats have a good reputation of being heart-healthy, fiber-filled and gluten-free (check your labels, this applies to most varieties!). They’re also packed with vitamins and minerals and are a good source of protein.
- 16% of your daily recommended fiber value in just 1⁄4 cup dry oats
- 13% of your daily protein value in 1⁄4 cup dry oats
- Just 1⁄4 cup of dry oats contains 96% of your daily value of manganese
- Oats are also a good source of zinc, vitamin B1, magnesium, and biotin
I’ve started grabbing one of these cookies for breakfast in the morning and they give me so much energy! Not only that but the flavor is awesome. I don’t feel like I’m eating a “healthy” cookie. You could easily mix in a tablespoon of flax seeds before baking, too. The dried cherries in these add so much flavor but feel free to substitute dried cranberries if you prefer. Either way you’re going to love these oatmeal cookies!
Cherry Banana Oatmeal Cookies
- 1 cup steel cut oats
- 3 large bananas (very ripe)
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar (packed)
- 1 tablespoon butter (softened)
- 1/2 cup quinoa (cooked)
- 1 3 oz. package dried cherries (about 1/2 cup)
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- Bring one cup of water to a boil. Stir in steel cut oats, remove from heat and let soak for thirty minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Mash bananas with cinnamon, brown sugar, salt & softened butter in a medium mixing bowl. Add oats and cooked quinoa and mix well. Stir in cherries and pecans.
- Drop by tablespoons onto a greased cookie sheet, pressing each down to flatten. Bake for 15 minutes, checking carefully to make sure the bottoms don’t burn. Flip cookies over and bake another 10 minutes. Cool on wire racks.