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Step-By-Step Guide to make 3-ingredient banana ice cream

If you’re craving a creamy, guilt-free dessert that satisfies your sweet tooth, I have the recipe for you! This 3-ingredient banana ice cream comes together quickly and the best part is – you don’t need an ice cream maker!  With simple ingredients such as frozen bananas, a little milk, and your favorite flavorings, you’ll be serving this banana ice cream in minutes. 

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I’ve even made this with just bananas as a first food for my kids during the summer.  

Possible bonus, you’re kids will love it.  Shhhh, don’t tell them that it’s a healthier dessert.  

banana on white knit bag

Ingredients and substitutions

Frozen Bananas

Large whole bananas.  Overripe bananas work best.  Do not use room temperature bananas, the consistency will not have the texture of ice cream.  

Dairy of Choice

Options include cream, regular milk, coconut milk, coconut cream or almond milk. If you’re on the cottage cheese train, you can use that here too!   Or check out this recipe for cottage cheese ice cream. Greek yogurt can also be substituted if necessary.

Flavoring Agent

1-2 teaspoons; choose from cocoa powder, vanilla extract, or peanut butter

Equipment needed

All you need for this is a high speed blender or food processor to get that creamy soft serve consistency.  Vitamix blenders are a perfect tool to use if you have one.  A regular blender can work as well, you just may need to scrape side the sides a few times as you blend.  

Preparation Steps

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Step 1: Slice and Freeze the Bananas

  1. Slice the Bananas:  Start by peeling the bananas and slicing them into coins. Place the banana slices in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  2. Freeze Until Firm:  Freeze the banana slices until they are firm, which usually takes about 1-3 hours. If you find that you’ll be making this one on the fly, keep a stash of ripe large bananas in the freezer.  Just peel them first and freeze them at least overnight, or until you’re ready to use them.  

Step 2: Blend the Ingredients

  1. Add to Blender:  Once the banana slices are frozen, add them to a food processor or a high-powered blender. 
  2. Add Dairy and Flavoring Agent:  Pour in your chosen dairy (such as coconut milk) and add your preferred flavoring agent (like a teaspoon of vanilla extract or a dollop of peanut butter).
  3. Blend Until Smooth:  Pulse the mixture until the ingredients are combined. Then blend continuously until you achieve a smooth, creamy texture. You may need to scrape down the sides of the blender a few times to ensure everything is evenly mixed. This should only take a few minutes.  

Step 3: Enjoy or Store

  1. Serve Immediately: For a soft-serve consistency, enjoy your banana ice cream right away.
  2. Store for Later:  If you prefer a harder ice cream, transfer the mixture to a freezer-safe container and freeze for an additional 1-2 hours until it reaches your desired consistency.
Chocolate. Original public domain image

Flavor options for homemade banana ice cream:

  • Chocolate ice cream:  Add 2T cacao powder
  • Almond chocolate chip ice cream:  Make the basic recipe and then swirl in 2T almond butter and chocolate chips.  
  • Mint chocolate chip ice cream:  Add 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves to the banana mixture before blending.  Fold in chocolate chips before serving.  
  • Peanut butter swirl ice cream: Swirl in unsweetened creamy peanut butter before serving.
  • Vanilla ice cream:  Add a teaspoon of vanilla extract

Enhance any flavor by topping with a pinch of salt.  Flakey sea salt works best to give you a pop of flavor with each bite.  Let me know if you try these.  I’m excited to know which flavor combinations are your favorite.  

Serving Suggestions

Elevate your banana ice cream with these tasty additions:

  • Sprinkle chopped nuts or dark chocolate chips for extra crunch.
  • Drizzle honey or maple syrup for added sweetness.
  • Add fresh banana slices and a sprinkle of coconut flakes for a summery treat.

FAQ

How does it compare to real ice cream?   

While banana ice cream may not have the exact same texture and taste as traditional ice cream, it is a healthier alternative.  That said, if you use a few tablespoons of heavy cream or half and half, you will get a more traditional ice cream consistency and mouthfeel. 

Caloric Content

A typical serving of traditional ice cream can range from 200 to 300 calories or more, depending on the flavor and brand. In comparison, a serving of frozen blended banana usually contains around 100 calories, making it a lighter option.

Fat and Sugar Content

Traditional ice cream is rich in saturated fats and added sugars, contributing to higher cholesterol levels and increased risk of heart disease. On the other hand, frozen blended banana is fat-free and contains natural sugars, which offer a healthy energy boost without the crash.

Nutritional Benefits

Bananas are packed with beneficial nutrients such as potassium, vitamin C, and dietary fiber. These nutrients support heart health, boost the immune system, and aid in digestion. Traditional ice cream lacks these natural vitamins and minerals, instead often containing artificial additives and less nutritional value.

One serving of this dessert is just 125 calories, 2g protein, 1g fat, 31g carbs. Totally doable. Especially if you’re being mindful of macros, as we are in the FASTer Way.

Dietary Restrictions

For those with dietary restrictions, frozen blended banana is a versatile choice. It’s naturally vegan, gluten-free, and suitable for individuals with lactose intolerance, whereas traditional ice cream usually contains dairy and gluten, limiting its accessibility.

By choosing frozen blended banana over traditional ice cream, you can enjoy a delightful dessert that’s not only delicious but also aligns with a healthier lifestyle.

How do I know if my bananas are ripe?  

Bananas have several stages of ripeness.  For this recipe I recommend using yellow bananas that have some brown spots, or bananas that are entirely brown will offer the most sweetness.  Do not use green bananas for this homemade ice cream.  

Tips

Store for another day by pouring into an airtight container.  Smooth out into one layer and top with plastic wrap.  Push wrap down to the top layer of the ice cream so ice crystals don’t form.  Pop on the lid and store in the freezer.  

Creating this 3-ingredient banana ice cream is as easy as it is delicious. Whether you’re indulging in a soft-serve treat or enjoying a scoop of firmer ice cream, you’ll find this dessert to be a healthier alternative to traditional ice cream.

Banana Ice Cream

Save this healthy dessert for literally anytime you're in the mood for a sweet treat!
8 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 2
Calories 125 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 high power blender food processor

Ingredients
  

  • 2 large bananas frozen
  • 1/4 cup almond milk or milk of choice
  • Vanilla or cocoa powder

Instructions
 

  • Freeze bananas, if not already frozen.
  • Add bananas and milk to the base of your Vitamix or food processor and blend on high until creamy and smooth. Add milk 1T at a time if more is needed to get the blender going.
  • Add flavoring agent of choice!

Nutrition

Serving: 2gCalories: 125kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 2gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0.1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.3gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.2gSodium: 42mgPotassium: 487mgFiber: 4gSugar: 17gVitamin A: 87IUVitamin C: 12mgCalcium: 44mgIron: 0.4mg
Keyword dairy free, gluten free, healthy
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About Me

I’m Melanie.

I’m a chef, registered dietitian, foodie, wife and mom.
If you’re looking for quick and healthy meal inspiration that supports your health goals while feeding the rest of your family (including the kiddoes) well, then you’ve come to the right place!

Melanie Marcus Selfie

Two ingredient soup hack (creamy + nourishing)

As a mom and dietitian, I’m always on the hunt to make something wholesome and easy to feed myself and my kids – and this one hits the mark for both. You can warm up your soul with this quick and easy two-ingredient soup hack that is perfect for those busy weekdays or whenever you need a quick dinner fix. It also happens to be an excellent way to get your kids to eat vegetables! Plus you can add to it to create a macro balanced meal or snack.  It is literally the easiest soup recipes I have ever tested.

This recipe is built on the convenience of frozen mirepoix and chicken broth from the grocery store, making it a great go-to meal when you’re short on time.

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Ingredients and Alternatives:

For this basic recipe, you will only need two main ingredients, frozen mirepoix and broth, but you can add additional ingredients to customize the soup to your own preference. 

Frozen mirepoix

  • This is a combination of pre-diced celery, onion and carrot.  I usually have a bag in the freezer.  
  • This soup is equally as good with fresh mirepoix, my local Trader Joe’s and Harris Teeter always have it available in the produce aisle.  When I buy fresh, I generally try to cook it the same day.  
  • You could always use 3/4 cup each of diced carrots and celery with 1 cup of diced onion.  
Chopped onions, carrots, leeks and turnips for soup.

Chicken stock

Bowl of broth herbs and spices to make chicken soup
  • Vegetable stock is a perfect alternative if you’re vegan, vegetarian or trying to follow a more plant based lifestyle.
  • Beef stock will add a deeper umami flavor to this soup.
  • Turkey stock is a great alternative to chicken stock.
  • Bone broth may also be used.  This option will offer a more protein rich soup.  

​Make it your own

  • Feel free to add fresh herbs, such as thyme or rosemary, to elevate the soup’s flavor, or hot sauce to add an extra kick.
  • Try adding a can of tomatoes to make a tomato-based soup.
  • Grate or add a cube of fresh ginger to the mirepoix for a nutrient and flavor boost.
  • Serve with poached shrimp for an elegant starter or light lunch.
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Steps to Make It:

  1. Start by heating up a large pot on medium heat and adding a tablespoon of olive oil.
  2. Add the frozen mirepoix mixture and cook for 5-7 minutes until it’s soft and fragrant.
  3. Pour in the chicken or vegetable broth, enough to cover the mirepoix, and let it come to a boil.
  4. Turn down the heat and let the soup simmer for at least 15 minutes.
  5. Use an immersion blender to puree the soup until you reach the desired consistency.
  6. If you want a thinner soup, add more warm chicken or veggie stock and blend.  
  7. Serve hot with toppings of your choice.
Home blender

The beauty of this recipe is that it is perfect for anyone looking for a warm and hearty soup without having to spend hours in the kitchen. This is perfect for those who are seeking a healthy option but don’t want to sacrifice flavor.

Interesting Ways to Serve It:

Bowl of creamy soup decoreated with crema and herbs

If you’re looking to mix things up, try serving this soup as a base for a poached egg. 

You can also roast sweet potato cubes and add them to the soup for a seasonal twist. 

For extra creaminess, add a dollop of Greek yogurt, (heavy cream or sour cream work too!) 

 Serve with crusty bread, green onions, and black pepper.

Top with croutons or toasted pumpkin seeds for an extra crunch.

This two-ingredient soup is an easy favorite during any time of year and is perfect for children and adults alike.

How to store It:

You can pop any leftover soup in the freezer in an airtight container for a quick and easy lunch. I recommend pouring into pint containers for easy meal prepping and portioning.

Nutrition & Macros:

This soup is packed with nutrients from the vegetables and broth. Mirepoix, made from a mix of carrots, celery, and onions, is an excellent source of vitamins and fiber. It is also great for hydration.

It has about 100 calories per serving and is made with real whole food ingredients.

  • Carbohydrates 5g
  • Protein 6g
  • Fat 3g

These values may change if you use a different broth such as bone broth or vegetable broth.

If you’re following the FASTer Way, save this recipe for low macro day. It’s will definitely help you feel full and hit your macro targets.

If you’re in a soup mood, you should try this split lentil soup recipe. It’s high protein and fiber gets better with time.

Don’t hesitate to make it your own by adding your own twist to the recipe. Happy cooking!

delicious pumpkin soup in ceramic bowl

2 Ingredient Soup

This recipes is so easy and comes together quickly for a cozy soup.
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 109 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 blender

Ingredients
  

  • Frozen Mirepoix
  • 32 ounces chicken stock

Instructions
 

  • Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in stock pot.
  • Add frozen bag of mirepoix and cook over medium heat until translucent and soft. About 10 minutes.
  • Add broth or stock to vegetables and let simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Transfer hot soup to blender and blend until smooth.
  • Serve and enjoy

Nutrition

Serving: 4gCalories: 109kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 6gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.5gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 374mgPotassium: 238mgFiber: 2gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 35IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 9mgIron: 0.5mg
Keyword easy, kid friendly
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About Me

I’m Melanie.

I’m a chef, registered dietitian, foodie, wife and mom.
If you’re looking for quick and healthy meal inspiration that supports your health goals while feeding the rest of your family (including the kiddoes) well, then you’ve come to the right place!

Melanie Marcus Selfie

How to make a vegan Starbucks cold cream copycat

One of my absolute joys during this time of year is strolling around with a warm indulgent beverage in hand from my favorite local coffee shop – or Starbucks. 😌💕 Personally I love a grande Americano with soy milk, or a Starbucks pumpkin spice latte, but any warm and creamy but not too sweet beverage will do!

Doing that everyday, however gets a bit steep on the pocket and sometimes packed with calorie-laden, high-fat dairy… so I gotta savor it judiciously. BUT, here comes the game-changer: dairy-free cold foam! And the best part is that you can make it yourself at home!  The perfect swirl to crown my coffee creations. 😍 No guilt, just pure delight! Let me show you how! 🙌☕️

crop unrecognizable woman stirring sweet latte with straw

With just a few simple ingredients and a little time, I truly think this is one of the best ways to jazz up your own coffee for less money at home.  It’s actually a cool way to up-cycle chickpea liquid AKA aquafaba which typically is something that would be poured down the drain!  

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Why would you want to make a vegan cold foam?  

Well, it’s vegan, dairy-free, and packed with a light and creamy texture. Not to mention it’s super easy to make – all you’ll need is some sugar, aquafaba (the liquid from a can of chickpeas), cornstarch, and a mixer with whisk attachment. 

vegan diy cold foam iced coffee
  • If you’re trying to avoid dairy.  Many people are lactose intolerant and don’t even know it!  If that’s you, eliminating dairy can help ease stomach upset and bloating!
  • If you’re trying to limit added calories from saturated fat.  Full fat dairy makes an amazing foam, but it’s also full of saturated fat which could be a concern if you are trying to follow a heart healthy diet.  
  • If you want a lower calorie option.  Fat equals flavor and is double the calories of protein and carbohydrate, so everything that makes a cold creme appealing, will cost you in the calorie department.  This vegan cold foam does have some added sugar, but it doesn’t have any fat which means it’s macro friendly! 
  • If you are trying to follow an animal free lifestyle.  
  • If you are trying to live a vegan lifestyle and missing your sweet cold cream topping!  
  • If you’re looking for a creamy topping that foams better than your average plant milk!
  • You want to make morning coffee time extra special.  
  • You realize that non-dairy milk just doesn’t foam the same way as regular.  
  • ​Make a double batch to use on top of any dessert as a whipped cream alternative.  

I’ve noticed that oat milk, almond milk and soy milk just don’t foam the same way as whole milk or heavy cream.  (It’s because they have a much lower fat content, so they don’t get as airy.)  Coconut milk whips really well, but if you are trying to avoid saturated fat or have a heart condition, coconut milk should be avoided.  

Ingredients and Substitutions

  • Canned chickpeas – Any brand will do.  Personally I like to use Goya canned chickpeas for this recipe.  
  • Powdered sugar – Powdered sugar helps keep the creamy smooth consistency of the final whip.  You could use granulated sugar in a pinch, but it may be more grainy.  Brown sugar will be too dense and result in a flatter result.  
  • Cornstarch – This helps with texture.  You could also use cream of tartar.  
  • Vanilla extract – You can experiment with different flavors, but vanilla is classic.  A tiny drop of almond extract, even peppermint could be interesting too!  
  • I recommend making this in a traditional stand mixer, but a hand mixer or a high speed blender such as a Vitamix will work well. If you’re making a triple batch an immersion blender could be an option.  For it to work, you need to have enough liquid to blend so it can blend under the liquids surface.  A mini handheld frother doesn’t have enough umph for this recipe.  
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How to make vegan cold creme

First drain your chickpeas and reserve the chickpea liquid.  You will get about 1/2 cup.  

Next reduce this liquid by half over medium heat in a frying pan.  

Then whip the reduced aquafaba in your mixer for about 1 minute.  Then add your remaining ingredients- cornstarch, powdered sugar and vanilla and let it mix for 8-10 minutes until stiff peaks form.

You’re going to be amazed by how quickly this creamy foam comes together!!

What is aquafaba

Aquafaba is the starchy water from your can of trusty chickpeas.  When chickpeas are placed in the can, water is added and then they are sealed and cooked.  The water then becomes starchy during the cooking process.  As a result it can be used in a variety of ways and they behave similarly to egg whites!  

How to use dairy free cold cream

  • On top of any cold brew coffee recipe, french press, iced coffee or any iced drink for that matter
  • Serve on top of hot tea drinks like English breakfast.
  • Create your own Starbucks drinks at home by combining espresso with simple syrup topped with your homemade cold foam and a dusting of pumpkin spice!
  • Serve it instead of foamed milk or whipped cream.
  • Consider this topping a vegan meringue.  It will even brown if you place it under the broiler!
  • Add a dollop to chocolate milk for kids.  
  • Top puddings or pie for a vegan dessert.  

There are literally tons of different ways you can use this sweet cream foam.  Let me know how you use it!!

This recipe will replace any dairy cold foam recipe and last for five days in the fridge when stored in an airtight container. A mason jar or a small pint container works perfectly for this!      

Share this easy Starbucks copycat recipe with your best girlfriends who love vanilla sweet cream cold foam just as much as you do!

Calorie and nutrition info

Aquafaba typically has about 3-5 calories per tablespoon, mostly from carbohydrates. For the purposes of this recipe, I used 4 calories per tablespoon.

Aquafaba is vegan and gluten free.

This vegan cold cream recipe has about 63g carbs and zero protein, fat or fiber.

 

iced coffee with cold foam

Vegan DIY Starbucks Cold Cream

A dairy and animal free creamy topping for any hot or cold coffee beverage!
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
8 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Drinks
Servings 4
Calories 66 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 stand mixer

Ingredients
  

  • 1 can chickpeas about 1/2 cup liquid
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 3 tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Instructions
 

  • Drain a can of chickpeas and reserve liquid.
  • Reduce chickpea liquid by half. This should be about 1/4 cup.
  • Add liquid to stand mixer and blend with remaining ingredients for 8-10 minutes until stiff peaks form.

Notes

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.  

Nutrition

Calories: 66kcal
Keyword easy, vegan
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References

Aquafaba Nutrition.(November 13, 2023) https://aquafaba.com/nutrition.html

Simple 3 Ingredient Banana Oatmeal Cookies for the win!

These 3 ingredient banana cookies from Dole Food Company are a #momfavorite. They’re not complicated to make and they have a touch of natural sweetness that satisfies! Plus my daughter loves to get involved with making this easy recipe from start to finish – which means she’s more likely to eat them! Their wholesome ingredients are a natural fit for vegan diets making them the perfect treat. I’ve also heard them referred to as oatmeal breakfast cookies and after trying them they are like a portable and more convenient replacement for your bowl of oatmeal!! Check out the full recipe below!

While I am a full time registered dietitian with Dole Food Company, this post is not sponsored in anyway!

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On breakfast cookies as a dietitian…

healthy cookie

These cookies are a major win. They’re packed with nutrient dense foods like rolled oats, nut butter of choice and bananas! Let’s go over the nutrition benefits of each:

  • Rolled Oats – These complex carbohydrates are full of fiber which is known for slowing digestion. It also helps stabilize blood glucose levels avoiding spikes in blood sugar. Research consistently shows that fiber slows digestion and helps us feel fuller- for longer too! These carbs also help fuel the brain making these healthy cookies a perfect morning treat!
  • Nut Butter – Especially a single ingredient peanut butter is the perfect combo of fiber, protein and health promoting fats. Research suggests that those who eat peanut butter at breakfast tend to eat less for up to 12 hours afterwards! In general, when looking for peanut butter, avoid those with hydrogenated oils and added sugars.
  • Bananas – These household staples are a powerhouse for nutrition. Known for their potassium content, one medium banana provides 9% or 422mg which offers major heart health benefits and can help support a healthy blood pressure. Among other things, they also have a decent amount of soluble and insoluble fiber which support heart and gut health respectively!

Making breakfast cookies from the culinary perspective…

Like I said, these aren’t complicated to make, but that’s what makes them so great! All you need are three ingredients, mix them together and then bake! They’re so easy to make, even a child can do it!

Do I have to used rolled oats?

There are three main types of oats. Steel cut, rolled and quick oats.

Steel cut are hearty, filling and nuttier that rolled or quick. But they will not work in this recipe. Steel cut oats are the shape of little pellets and will not absorb enough liquid from the bananas and peanut butter to make a proper batter.

Rolled are convenient and often called for in baking recipes. I like the texture rolled oats give this recipe, but quick oats will work well too!

About the bananas

  • Overripe bananas, either fresh are frozen are the star ingredient.
  • If you’re going with fresh bananas – make sure they are overripe for the sweetest cookie! In general, the more blemished and ripe the better! This is the perfect recipe to keep on hand when your bananas are turning spotted. Bananas are sweetest at this stage!
  • Use frozen! This is totally fine to do, just caution you may have a bit more liquid than if you use room temperature bananas. So if the dough feels extra sticky add 1-2T additional tbsp oats.

What are the best type of oats?

  • This recipe uses rolled oats because I think they provide a great texture.
  • You can use quick cooking oats too! They will just absorb more liquid during the baking process.
  • I don’t recommend substituting oat flour for the rolled oats in this recipe. The amounts would have to be tweaked for it to be a successful banana cookie recipe.

When it comes to the PEANUT BUTTER…

  • If you want something slightly sweeter, then use traditional peanut butter like Skippy or Jif that tend to have added sugars. Normally, I would suggest avoiding added sugars from a nut butter, but in this case the sugar makes for a great tasting three ingredient cookie!
  • If you’re trying to limit added sugar, I recommend using an all natural peanut butter. Look for one that has simple ingredients. There are many that have a single ingredient: peanuts!
  • This recipe will work with any nut butter that you have on hand. You can use creamy peanut butter or chunky varieties of cashew, peanut, or seed butter. Almond butter works well too!

Chewy vs Crispy?

  • If you want them chewier, I suggest cooking them about 12 minutes.
  • I like them a bit crispier so I go 15-17 minutes.

Optional add-ins

Get creative with your add-ins! These breakfast cookies are really delicious on their own, but they’re so easy to customize for your taste. There are plenty of options to experiment with. Try these versions!

  • Add 1/2 cup mini dark chocolate chips to the dough before portioning out, or just sprinkle a few on top of each one for a little hint of chocolate.
  • Add 1/2 tsp cinnamon to the dough.
  • Sprinkle with Monkfruit sweetener or brown sugar before baking for an added touch of sweetness.
  • Sprinkle with Maldon sea salt before baking to play up the sweet and savory balance.
  • Add 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pepitas.
  • Add 1/4 cup ground flax seeds to the dough for heart healthy fats.

Helpful tips

  • I don’t recommend adding sugar like maple syrup or honey as it will make the dough wetter. But you could add 1-2tsp if you’re hoping this cookie recipe will solve your sweet tooth cravings! Just be prepared with added 1-2T rolled oats.
  • If you want to make a double batch, I recommend combining ingredients separately for best results.
  • I recommend rolling these into balls or using a small ice cream scoop to get even sized cookies. Then pat them down with your fingers to get that traditional cookie shape. The cookie dough won’t spread out or flatten during the cooking process.
  • Bake cookies until the top is slightly golden. And they are quite forgiving even if you over bake them!
  • Store them in an airtight container in the fridge for 5-7 days. When we make a batch they never last more than a day or two!

Other tools you need…

  • parchment paper – use it to line your baking sheet for easy clean up.
  • large mixing bowl – for mixing
  • cookie sheet – for baking
  • I like to mix these by hand, but you could always use a food processor if you want a fairly smooth consistency.

As a mom…

I use this recipe as a healthy cookie or activity for my daughter to make from start to finish. She peels the bananas (if we are using fresh), and then mashes away!! I help measure the peanut butter and then we add the rolled oats together. She’s able to mix everything together on her own which is a huge confidence builder!

Next, I line the baking sheet and show her how to use a small ice cream scoop to portion out equal size balls. We then pull out the mini chocolate chips for an extra special little topping as we press down the cookies to a flat disc shape together.

We made these cookies just this past weekend. It was raining and I think we had all had reached our limit for screen-time and just needed a change of scenery. I knew I had bananas that needed to be frozen or used, and we always have some kind of nut butter and oats, so we were golden. Twenty minutes later we had cookies (and breakfast for tomorrow!). It’s really the perfect activity for kids. The total time commitment is very low!

Tracking Macros?

  • Be sure to divide batter into 12 even cookies.
  • Each cookie has 106 calories, 6g Fat, 10g Carbohydrate, 3g Fiber and 3g Protein.

I feel like the coolest mom when Jules exclaims “I can’t believe we’re having cookies for breakfast!”

When do I make 3 Ingredient Banana Oatmeal Cookies?

  • Make them for a quick breakfast (EVEN DURING THE WEEK) to enjoy at home or on the go! They’re the perfect portable version of oatmeal.
  • They’re my go-to guilt free after dinner treat especially when we top them with dark chocolate!
  • When the kids are looking for something sweet and I want them to have a healthy dessert.
  • Make them with sun butter for an allergy friendly lunch box snack.
  • Anytime we need a quick healthy snack.
Banana Oatmeal Cookie

3 Ingredient Banana Oatmeal Cookies

Dole Food Company
Developed by Dole Food Company, this recipe is one of my favorites!!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Servings 12
Calories 106 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 each bananas
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup rolled oats

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line rimmed baking pan with parchment paper.
  • Mash bananas in a medium bowl with the back of a fork; whisk in peanut butter. Stir in oats and optional add-ins, if desired; using 2 small spoons, drop about 1 heaping tablespoon dough 2 inches apart on prepared pan.
  • Bake cookies 12 minutes or until lightly browned; cool on pan 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Makes 12 cookies.
  • Tips: You can add mini chocolate chips, chopped fruit or nuts or even ground cinnamon to make these a bit fancier!

Nutrition

Calories: 106kcal
Keyword banana, easy
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Flax egg recipe – easy egg substitute in a pinch!

This is the best trick for when you’re in in baking mode, you have the perfect recipe, you’re pulling out ingredients and then you realize you don’t have any eggs and you desperately need an egg substitute! I can’t tell you how many times this has happened to me, in fact, just last Saturday the kids woke up asking for pancakes. We were all pumped for them, when – no eggs! And then I realized, I tried a new muffin recipe recently that called for 2 eggs or 2 flax eggs (2T ground flax seed plus 4T warm water). So I tried it, and it worked really well as an egg substitute! Plus, as a mom and registered dietitian, I was thrilled to sneak a boost of nutrition in there!

So here’s how to make a flax egg.

What you need :

  • Ground flaxseed meal
  • Water

If you have traditional flax seed you’ll just need to grind it up in a coffee or spice grinder before using so the flax “egg” gels up properly. And if you’re not sure you want to buy a whole bag of flax meal because you’re not sure you’ll use it all…scroll to the bottom for more ideas on how to incorporate flax into your diet.

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Why flax meal and not whole flax seed?

There’s a big difference.

Flax seeds are teeny tiny seeds that have a very hard shell. In fact, they can’t be digested so they’ll go out the same way they went in, and you won’t get the nutrition benefits! Instead use a ground flax meal – it’s basically pulverized flax seed. And if want to ensure freshness, grind them yourself in a spice grinder or coffee grinder. I usually pick up ground flax seed from Trader Joe’s or Bob’s Red Mill and store the bag in the fridge so they don’t go rancid.

When to use a flax egg

Try using this as an egg substitute for recipes that use egg as a binding agent like:

  • pancakes
  • muffins
  • breads like zucchini or banana

When not to use a flax egg

You have to remember, this isn’t a real egg so this isn’t going to be an option for egg-based recipes like omelets, soufflés or meringues. Don’t use a flax egg when you need fluffy egg whites to create a light texture – this is not the solution for you.

How does it taste?

I personally think it gives batters a nutty flavor that I really like! But overall I don’t think the kids even notice it’s in there.


Nutrition benefits of flax seed

Flax seed is a nutrition powerhouse. It’s a good source of healthy fats, antioxidants and fiber. It has 70 calories per serving, 2g protein, 5g fat, 4g carbohydrate and 4g dietary fiber! Because of it’s nutrition profile it’s often incorporated as part of a healthy diet and can help prevent constipation. Just be sure to drink with enough fluids, because flax absorbs water to add bulk to stools.

  • Fats in flax seed are plant based omega 3’s which can help improve the ratio of omega 3:6’s!
  • They also deliver a combination of both soluble and insoluble fiber which helps with regularity and with improving cholesterol levels!
  • A 30g portion provides 7-30% of the recommended daily allowance for magnesium, phosphorus and calcium.

Traditional Medicine touts flaxseed as

  • Useful against asthma, bad cough and bronchitis
  • Helps with constipation
  • Used against stomach ulcer
  • Cures inflammation of intestine and abdomen
  • Improves memory
  • Protects skin from getting dry

Lignans, a plant compound found in plants – primarily flax and sesame – may help prevent cardiovascular disease.

One review concluded that flax seed may help reduce the risk of breast cancer after menopause.

Some people find relief from joint pain and stiffness with flax seed, according to the Arthritis Foundation.

Daily flax seed (13g) was observed to lower blood glucose and improve insulin sensitivity in one 2013 study.

Let me know if you try this flax egg recipe!

Flax seed meal needed for flax egg recipe

Easy Flax Egg

This is your gluten-free, diary-free, egg-free egg substitute. Perfect for baking, pancakes, muffins, and more!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tbsp ground flax seed or flax seed meal
  • 2 tbsp warm water

Instructions
 

  • Combine flax meal and warm water in a small bowl. Give it a little mix and let it sit for 5 minutes until a gel-like liquid forms. Then add to your baked goods as needed!
Keyword egg free, egg substitute, plant forward, vegan, vegetarian
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10 ways to use flax seed

  1. Add a teaspoon to yogurt
  2. Sprinkle over oatmeal
  3. Add to a smoothie
  4. Use as egg replacer
  5. Add to breading for chicken or fish
  6. Add to granola
  7. Add to soups like minestrone to make them thicker
  8. Sprinkle on top of your salad
  9. Add to homemade salad dressing
  10. Add it anytime you use peanut butter