Makes 12 cookies
2 tbsp ground chia or flax seeds
1 1/2 cups cooked white beans or 1 (15-oz) can no-salt-added or low sodium white beans, drained
2 tbsp natural, unsalted peanut butter
1-2 ripe bananas (second one is optional, to be added later in chunks, if desired)
1/2 cup baked and peeled sweet potato
6 Medjool or 12 regular (Deglet Noor) dates, pits removed
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1 cup whole-wheat flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 cup unsulfured, dried apricots, sliced into small pieces
Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a cup or small bowl, mix ground chia seeds with 1/2 cup water and stir. Let sit for 2 minutes to form a gel.
In a Vitamix or other high-powered blender, combine chia seed gel, white beans, peanut butter, 1 banana, sweet potato, dates, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla extract. Blend until smooth and creamy.
In a large bowl, combine the whole-wheat flour and baking powder and mix thoroughly. Add the blended mixture to this dry mixture and mix until flour is totally combined. Stir in apricot slices and thin slices of banana and mix.
Place parchment paper on a large cookie sheet or coat sheet with a thin layer of cooking spray. Drop batter by spoonfuls onto the sheet and bake for 20 minutes.
Nutritional Information Per Serving:
Protein: 5 g
Carbohydrates 33 g
Total Fat 3.3 g
Saturated Fat 1.1 g
Sodium 7 mg
Fiber 5.2 g
Beta-Carotene 1,090 ug
Vitamin C 3 mg
Calcium 64 mg
Iron 1.9 mg
Folate 31 ug
Magnesium 54 mg
Zinc 0.9 mg
Selenium 8.2 ug