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Dead-Easy Banana Chocolate Cookies

I went to the gym this morning. And that was about all I accomplished.

When I was at University, I managed to workout 4-5 days a week no-problem. But now, in the working world, I can barely fit in two workouts a week! I refuse to think this is because I am getting older. It must be something in my diet or sleep (right?).

So, in search of my misplaced energy, I turned to the internet. Am I eating my meals too early or late? Am I eating too much carbs/gluten/fat/protein/fiber? Is the timing off between when I fall asleep and the time I wake up? Am I deficient in a particular vitamin?

Unfortunately, the internet is full of conflicting information. Instead, I decided to make this simple: I need a snack that provides healthy energy to get me through my day. It also had to taste good and be easy to make. So I whipped together these banana-oatmeal-dark chocolate balls, and saw a huge difference in my daily energy.

Okay, these energy bites didn’t necessarily make me lift heavier weights or bike faster, but they did make me feel that I was doing my body good. So if  you are looking for a pre/post/prep workout snack, these are what I consider to be perfect for me!

Banana Chocolate Cookies


  • 3 very ripe bananas
  • 1.5 cups large flake oatmeal
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla or almond extract
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. In a bowl, mash the bananas and then add the oatmeal. Stir until well coated, and then stir in the chocolate chips.
  3. Drop by tablespoons onto a greased cookie sheet (don’t worry about spacing them apart, they won’t spread out) and bake for 8-10 minutes or just until they begin to brown around the edges.
  4. Allow to cool slightly before removing them from the pan.