4-Ingredient Chunky Monkey Cookies (With Golden Raisins!)

GUYS. I know I pretty much start every post by freaking out, but this time it’s actually warranted. In exactly one week at this time I’ll be home in New York with my family sitting on my couch drinking hot chocolate and looking at all the beautiful Christmas decorations my parents have put up. I cannot WAIT.

Know what else I can’t wait for? The baking. Ohhhhh the Christmas baking is the BEST! My mom and I go ALL out. We make a mess, we laugh, ingredients get left out, things get burnt, but it might just be my favorite moment of the year. Do I sound like Cindy Lou Who, yet?

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Until then though, I’m trying to lay off the sweets as best as I possibly can since I know I’ll be indulging like it’s my job in just a few days. Since we all know I have a raging sweet tooth, that especially likes to pop up just when I’m trying to be good, I obviously still need some sort of dessert ’cause #letsbereal. These 4-ingredient cookies are quite possibly the most delicious healthy cookies I’ve ever eaten. They’re also gluten-free, vegan (if you use vegan chocolate chips!) and fairly low sugar (if you don’t use as heavy a hand as I did pouring in the chocolate and raisins…). They require about 15 minutes of work (max) and are even acceptable as breakfast. What could be better?!

Dancing for Donuts | 4-Ingredient Chunky Monkey Cookies With Golden Raisins.

4-Ingredient Chunky Monkey Cookies With Golden Raisins

1 cup quick oats (or rolled oats pulsed in a food processor 3x)

1 large ripe banana (not too ripe otherwise it’ll be too sweet!)

1/3 cup mini chocolate chips (vegan if desired)

1/3 cup golden raisins

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit and cover a baking sheet in parchment paper.

2. In a large bowl, mash the banana until smooth. Add in the oats and mix to combine. This might take a few minutes, but you’ll want to make sure it’s mixed evenly. Add the chocolate chips and raisins, and stir just until combined.

3. Form 1-2 inch balls with your hands and place on the baking sheet. The dough will be wet, but using a spatula will make sure you get all the batter, and since these cookies won’t spread much it’s okay to put them close together!

4. Bake for 10 minutes, then remove to cool. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

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Have a great rest of your week! 🙂

xo Jordan

Guiltless Banana Pudding.

Hi & Happy Monday!

Dancing for Donuts | Guiltless Banana Pudding

I don’t know about you guys, but over here in LA it’s still occasionally in the triple digits, so fall is nowhere near. As depressing as that may be, it’s giving me a chance to keep on eating summery things which is more than okay. I got creative this weekend when making a dessert for an Emmy’s party since I was not about to turn on the oven.

Dancing for Donuts | Guiltless Banana Pudding

I whipped up a batch of my healthified banana pudding a day early (best for letting the flavors combine and the nilla wafers to soften) and it did not disappoint! The entire recipe is just 4 ingredients and takes maybe 10 minutes from start to finish. Then you pop it in the fridge, let it do it’s thing, and dig in! Simple and satisfying.

Dancing for Donuts | Guiltless Banana Pudding

Guiltless Banana Pudding

1 package fat-free, sugar-free vanilla pudding (NOT banana!)

2 cups skim milk

2 ripe bananas, sliced

~2 cups reduced-fat Nilla Wafers (I used about half the box)

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the vanilla pudding and skim milk until combined and smooth.

2. In a small pan, evenly layer the Nilla wafers. Top with the vanilla pudding in a thin layer, then the sliced banana. Repeat until all the pudding is used and top with crumbled wafers.

3. Cover and store in the fridge for at least 6 hours or overnight (the longer the better!).

Dancing for Donuts | Guiltless Banana Pudding

Have a great week, friends! xo Jordan