Something that I have loved doing during quarantine/the COVID-19 pandemic, is cooking and baking. I wanted to find something to do when I have a break in between online classes, or when I am doing homework, that didn’t involve more screen time. So, I decided that I would go on Pinterest and get inspired to create something. Not only am I able to better my skills, but I find it to be such a relaxing activity for myself. When I’m cooking, I’m not thinking about the many things on my to-do list, or worrying about getting my assignments finished. I am completely in the zone, almost in a sort of meditative state. So, I thought I would share one of my favourite snacks I have been making constantly.
2 Bananas (ripe)
1 Cup of Oats
1/3 Cup of Chocolate Chips
To start, it is important that the space you are cooking/baking in makes you feel good! I love lighting a candle, and putting on a playlist. You could put on a TV show or a movie if you wanted to, or even have someone join you (from your COVID bubble of course).
For this recipe, all you need is bananas (ripe), chocolate chips, and oats. That’s literally it.
Pre-heat your oven to 325 degrees. Then, grab a bowl and mash your bananas. Once the bananas are fully mashed with no lumps, add the oats to the bowl. Mix until the oats are fully coated. Finally, add in your chocolate chips, and mix.
Grab a cookie sheet, and line it with parchment paper (yay less dishes). Now, scoop your mixture onto the sheet into cookie shapes. I use an ice cream scooper, and form a ball.
Once your oven is pre-heated, place the cookies in the oven for 12-15 minutes. If you want a softer texture, I would recommend a smaller amount of time in the oven.
Let the cookies cool, and enjoy!
Remember, eating healthy snacks doesn’t mean you only can have fruits or vegetables. You can still enjoy something sweet (that is healthy), and have it taste good! I recommend going on Pinterest and finding recipes that make you excited.