These breakfast cookies are really easy to make: two main ingredients are oats and bananas, then toss in whatever else you fancy.
If you're hungry before a workout, these would also make great pre-workout snacks; carbohydrates for quick energy. You could also bring them along for long hikes, bike rides or on a ski day.
Interestingly enough, the only time our bodies need fuel for energy to be used right away is during long duration exercise - as in long distance runs, bike rides, hikes, etc.. That's why triathletes, marathon runners, iron men, etc, will bring along quick release chews and other forms of carbohydrates to fuel the rest of their activity.
Most of the time, during a one hour workout, our bodies are actually using stored fuel from previous meals - not fuel that we have just consumed 30-60 minutes prior.
In any case, these are tasty, and can be healthy little treats depending on what you choose to add to them:
2 cups of oats
1 tsp vanilla
Possible add ons:
Dried cranberries, raisins or other dried fruit
Unsweetened Coconut shreds
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Mash bananas in bowl, add oats. Use blender to mix.
3. Add vanilla. Mix.
4. Toss in "add ons" of your choice. Mix with spoon.
5. Roll Into balls with your hands and place on cookie sheet. Gently press balls flat-ish.
6. Bake for 9-12 minutes.
7. Let cool on rack.
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Nikki Johnston Beaudoin is an outdoorsy Mountain Mermaid, and the Founder of Sea to Sky Fitness.