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Heart-Shaped Oat & Banana Cookies Recipe


Cookie Ingredients

  • 2 large ripe bananas
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 2 heaped Tbsp peanut butter
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 2 tsp cacao powder

Vanilla Icing Ingredients

  • ½ cup cashews, soaked
  • ½ banana
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • Juice from half of a small lemon
  • Enough water or dairy-free milk to make it smooth, but not too liquidy

Chocolate Icing Ingredients

  • 1 cup dates
  • ¾ cup water
  • 3 Tbsp cacao powder
  • Pinch of sea salt


Cookie Preparation

  • 1. In a blender purée bananas and peanut butter with sea salt.
  • 2. In a bowl, mix together banana-peanut purée and rolled oats.
  • 3. Heat oven to 350 degrees F (175 C).
  • 4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Take heart-shaped (or any shape you like) cookie cutter and place it on baking sheet.
  • 5. Take about 1/4 cup of cookie batter and press it evenly into the cookie cutter. Remove the cookie cutter with the spoon. Repeat until you have 8 cookies.
  • 6. Add 2 tsp raw cacao powder to the remaining batter. Also, add a few splashes of dairy-free milk to mix in.
  • 7. Repeat step 5 until the batter is gone.
  • 8. Bake in the middle rack for 16 minutes and let cool.

Vanilla Icing Preparation

  • 1. Soak cashews for at least 2 hours. Drain and rinse.
  • 2. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until thick cream forms. Add the liquid gradually and only as much as needed to combine all ingredients well.
  • 3. Transfer into a bowl and set aside.

Chocolate Icing Preparation

  • 1. Cut dates into small pieces and soak in ¾ cup of water for at least 30 minutes.
  • 2. Blend dates, the soak water, salt and cacao into smooth cream.
  • 3. Decorate the cookies any way you like once they have completely cooled.

Cooking Tips

  • 1. Store the leftover icing and cookies in the fridge.
  • 2. Possible uses for any leftover icing – add to your morning oatmeal, spread on pancakes, or use as a muffin topping.
  • 3. Try drizzling melted vegan chocolate over the top of the cookies.

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