When I was pregnant with my first baby, I gained 65 pounds. I know, it is terrible. I wasn't working the last half of my pregnancy so I spent most of my day on the couch watching TLC and other shows my husband wouldn't have enjoyed watching with me had he been home. I would eat junk food all day because nothing ever sounded good and I hated preparing food for myself. It was so much easier to just grab something rather than make something good for me. I have always been a huge sweets fan and it was only worse when I was pregnant! My poor, pregnant body knows all too well the effects a pint of Ben and Jerry's Chunky Monkey can have on it.This pregnancy I decided to try and eat only one or two treats a day (I can't live a day with out dessert. Trust me, I have tried and I am miserable!) rather than a whole batch. I decided I better try this healthy cookie recipe to lighten my load a little bit. They only have 47 calories a cookie! They don't have any eggs or flour in them and are so easy to make. If you taste the batter and decide it isn't sweet enough, a few spoonfuls of sugar will do the trick (don't worry, I won't tell anyone).
Skinny Chunky Monkey Cookies Recipe:
(Makes 30 cookies)
3 ripe bananas
2 cups old-fashioned oats
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350°F. Mash bananas in a large bowl, then stir in remaining ingredients. Let batter stand for approximately 20 minutes, then drop by teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes.
Cool completely, then place cookies in a freezer bag. Seal, label, and freeze.
Nutritional Information (per cookie):
47 calories; 7.5 g carbs; 1.6 g fat; 1.5 g protein; 1.3 g fiber; 1 WW PointsPlus
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(Recipe from Once a Month Mom)