Just the idea of wanting something is enough to set off every craving imaginable. The tricky part, especially with this challenge, is to come up with an alternative before going completely nuts. 🙂
Yesterday, the craving was pancakes. Today, it was cookies. Just one oatmeal chocolate chip cookie, warm and gooey, fresh out of the oven. *nom* However, I wasn’t about to forsake my self-control when I’m almost halfway through this challenge. No way, I’m going to finish strong. So I went hunting for a sugarless cookie alternative.
Pinterest never fails. This sugarless, flourless, AND eggless recipe from An Unwitting Runner just about fit, except for the dried fruit. I nixed that ingredient and added a couple handfuls of almonds, walnuts, and pistachios instead. In place of applesauce, I pureed a pear following this recipe. Pure fruit, nothing added. This is the simple life. 🙂
Banana Pear Oatmeal Cookies
1 1/2 cups of oats
2 or 3 super ripe bananas
1 pear, pureed
Dashs of cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice
Handful or two of almonds, walnuts, and pistachios
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Put all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and combine thoroughly. Drop cookie-sized dollops onto greased baking sheet and bake for 35 minutes.
A note from An Unwitting Runner: “I absolutely love how versatile this recipe is. I used raisins instead of dried cranberries and added some flax seed and wheat bran; but you could throw in any kind of nuts, allspice, or nutmeg, or use fresh ginger, or grated orange peel, the possibilities are endless.”
Day 11 Progress Report
Breakfast: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie (almond butter, almond milk, banana, plain Greek yogurt), black coffee.
Lunch: Homemade minestrone soup (whole wheat bowtie pasta, diced tomatoes, bell peppers, carrots, mushrooms, onion, spinach, and spices), slice of fruit & nut whole wheat bread.
I’ve really enjoyed the fruit & nut bread. I might start making it in lieu of store-bought bread, even after the challenge ends. It’s a good snack or side for soups, and it also works for sandwiches.
Snack: Rice crackers with red pepper hummus. Banana pear oatmeal cookie.
Grabbed a cookie right off the cooling rack. I’m very impressed by the natural sweetness. They’d work great for a quick breakfast, too.
Dinner: Halved bell peppers stuffed with minestrone soup and sprinkled with feta.
Snack: Rice crackers with homemade salsa (tomatoes, avocado, cilantro, hot peppers), air-popped popcorn.