When I started Weight Watchers almost 2 weeks ago, I was really hopeful that I wouldn't have to give up my love for all things chocolate. Turns out, the program gives me a lot of flexibility to eat what I want...within reasonable guidelines.
So I was Ms. Happy Pants when I stumbled across Emile's recipe for these awesome banana cookies. The first thing I wanted to do was find reasons to justify eating a pan full of them for breakfast.
Well lookie what we have here... heart healthy oats, protein packed eggs, and brain food bananas in them. HELLO!! HEALTHY BREAKFAST!! Okay, okay....maybe I shouldn't have been QUITE so enthusiastic. After all, they do have sugar and chocolate in them... I'll use less enthusiasm....hello healthy breakfast!
Being the educated baker that I am, I also knew that I could find ways to tweak the recipe and make it a bit healthier. For example, substituting applesauce for some of the butter would lower the fat content and bring a nice complimentary flavor to the cookie without drying it out. I could also easily cut back on the 2 cups of chocolate chips that were called for in the original recipe, and omitting the nuts would save LOADS of calories and fat. So with a tweak tweak here and a tweak tweak there, I developed a recipe that is high on the heart healthy scale, moist, delicious, and get this fellow Weight Watchers members... there are only 2 Weight Watchers Plus points per cookie! If that's not a good enough reason to eat cookies for breakfast, I don't know what is!