I recently came across a killer “Man of Steel” oatmeal cookie recipe. However, after reading some of the ingredients, I decided to modify for a healthier, anti-oxidant packed snack sure to punch you in your face with energy and endurance.
You will need the following:
- Steel Cut Oats – 2 cups. I used Quaker All Natural Steel Cut Oats. Although, if you’re not a fan of steel cut oats, you may certainly replace with Old Fashioned oats. But then really, what’s the point? I mean, who wants “Old Fashioned Man” cookies. Am I right? Moving on …
- Peanut Butter – 4 spoonfuls. My go-to peanut butter is Jiff’s All Natural Creamy. It’s low in sodium, without the additives you’ll find in other mass marketed brands (only 5 ingredients; truly all-natural). I suppose you could use Peter Pan peanut butter … but again, we’re making Super Hero snacks.
- Bananas – 4 ripened. You want your bananas ripe enough to easily mash, but not brown enough to send people over the edge when peeled. We’re not looking to use ingredients easily mistaken for compost.
- Cacao Nibs – a couple hearty handfuls. The original recipe calls for semi-sweet morsels, but when I can replace with a Mayan superfood, I always do! Prepare to do your best work on this stuff – temple building and calendar organization may be in your future.
- Dried Superfruit Blend – a couple hearty handfuls. I blended dried cranberries, pomegranate seeds, goji berries and blueberries for this recipe. You could also use apricots or dates for a different blend of sweet.
- Honey – I love using local honey, when it’s available. Clover Blossom and Wildflower are my favorites. Any honey will do – your choice!
Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.
Combine all of your ingredients into a large mixing bowl.
Using a large spoon, mix and mash away!
Side note – this doubles as a serious arm workout. I would suggest rotating arms for appropriate muscle symmetry results.
You want to mash and mix together well, while leaving some banana lumps. This will help give your cookies added texture and a robust banana flavor. Here’s how it should look …
Next, place your cookies on baking sheets, reasonably spaced.
Give ’em some oven lovin’; about 10-12 minutes, depending on your oven’s personality. You’ll know when they’re finished by their golden brown color and consistency. They should be congealed, but still soft to the touch. Avoid over baking into large edible rocks.
Once they’re done and you’ve taken them off of your baking sheets, drizzle honey overtop. The oats will quickly absorb the honey, while hot, leaving you with a lasting sweet, gooey texture.
And one final close-up photo to highlight all that super goodness …
Enjoy these cookies any time! They’re fantastic with coffee and/or tea, as a pre and/or post workout snack, or as a “just because you feel like eating” snack. If you have kids, they’ll love these too!