Pregnancy Powerfoods #3: Bananas

Bananas

They are a fruit we are introduced to as a child. A fruit that can be used in so many recipes from sweet to savoury, healthy to not so healthy 😉 -> But why are they good for you?

Bananas are rich in potassium and offer quick energy to fight off pregnancy fatigue. They’re also easy on your stomach if you’re nauseated, they also help with diarrhoea – if your bowels are lose a banana or two should help regulate them

Recipe: Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 and 1/3 cups (190g) quick oats* (not whole oats)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup (250g) homemade or your favorite almond butter*
  • 1/4 cup (82g) pure maple syrup (or honey)
  • 2 large ripe bananas, mashed (about 1 cup)
  • 1/3 cup (60g) dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup (33g) sliced almonds (optional)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325F degrees. Line large cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.

Combine all of the ingredients into a large bowl. Using a large rubber spatula or wooden spoon, mix until all of the ingredients are thoroughly combined. The dough will be sticky and thick.

Each cookie will be 3 Tablespoons of dough.  Drop this amount onto prepared cookie sheet and slightly flatten the tops into desired thickness. The cookies will not spread in the oven.

Bake for 15 minutes until edges are very slightly brown. Don’t bake any longer or the cookies will taste dry. Allow to cool on the cookie sheets completely. Cookies stay fresh at room temperature for 1 week. Cookies can be frozen up to 3 months.

*Be sure to use quick oats in this recipe.  Quick oats are more finely ground up whole oats, so they are slightly powdery.  They are sold right next to the whole oats.  You may not even notice there are two kinds of oats in the first place!  You may make quick oats at home – simply measure 2 and 1/3 cups of whole oats and pulse in the blender or food processor about 5 times.

*You may use your favorite peanut butter (or soy nut butter, sunflower seed butter) instead of almond butter. For peanut butter: Homemade honey roasted, creamy, crunchy, natural (non-oily) or non-natural are all OK.

 

 

Enjoy a tasty treat that is healthy for you and little one – and will give you some serious energy! xx

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