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Skinny Chunky Monkey Cookies


I’ve recently started to explore the idea of cutting refined sugar out of my family’s diet.  We don’t eat a lot of sugar, but it’s still there.  Frankly, my husband has already gone down this road and simply avoids sweet treats now, including the ones that I bake!  Hmph!

Cleaner Eating

My first foray into this world was with a recipe that I found on Pinterest.  Check out my Cleaner Eating Board here.

I chose to start this journey with Skinny Chunky Monkey Cookies.  This a simple recipe that uses oats instead of flour and fruit instead of refined sugar.  There are actually quite a few variations of this recipe to be found.  I liked this one because it used apple sauce and I have a ton of that on hand!  You can see the original recipe here.

Skinny Chunky Monkey Cookies

Here’s a reprint of the recipe.  I followed it to the letter with no modifications.

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.

Freezing Directions:
Cool completely, then place cookies in a freezer bag. Seal, label, and freeze.


These were so simple to make. I actually made them while holding my 9 month-old son on my hip.  (He refused to be put down that particular afternoon!)

The raw batter looked like this.

Skinny Chunky Monkey Cookies - The Batter

Skinny Chunky Monkey Cookies – The Batter

The baked cookies looked pretty similar!  They taste like chocolate covered bananas.  Frozen, they remind me of an ice cream treat.  My hubby loves them.  This recipe is a keeper!

Skinny Chunky Monkey Cookies

Skinny Chunky Monkey Cookies

51 thoughts on “Skinny Chunky Monkey Cookies

  1. OMG! I sooo wanna try these!!!



  2. I’ve a feeling my kids will love these! 🙂

  3. the ingredients is so simple, would like to try this on my weekend, aaahh, im drooling :9

  4. Can I substitute creamy peanut butter with something else? And can I purchased the unsweetened applesauce from the stores or do I have to whip it up from scratch?

  5. Oh god…they look so delicious!! MHHHM! ❤ great idea! send me a few please :PP

  6. Ohh would love to try these! If only I have utensils to use 😦

  7. I’m pretty sure that those are super delish! I will definitely give them a try. 🙂

  8. Wow! You never fail me to get hungry to these photos! It looks really yummy! I think I have to buy an oven soon! 🙂


  9. You are going to be the DEATH of me! 🙂 I always want to make everything you post. These look amazing, I can’t wait to try out this recipe over the weekend.

  10. I just showed this post to Mark; he promised to bake me some tomorrow 🙂
    Happy me!

  11. it look so delicious! gig

  12. Looks really yummy! I try to cut back on the sugar too, it´s hard!

  13. OMG!! It looks so yummy!! I wanna eat it!!

  14. Such a simple recipe, and it looks so sinful! =D I dont need the extra calories! =)

  15. what more can you ask for if you have chocolates and less sugar 😀

  16. They look so yumm Alia!!

  17. here you go! another awesome post! 😀 I am feeling hungry ! 😀

  18. I love the combination of chocolate and banana! This looks super delicious!

  19. Love itttt! gonna try it out one day 😀

  20. i want tot try this as i do have sweet cravings especially since im clean eating lol


  21. *Drools(
    They surely do looks yummy ❤

  22. This looks so YUMMY! I have to try this recipe. Thank you. GIG

  23. all over this recipe 😉 thanks Alia!! ❤

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