Have you heard people tell you that bananas are fattening,I cannot count the number of times I have heard this particular statement from different sources.For some people,this myth is so deeply ingrained that no amount of convincing helps change their minds.Fact is that any weight gain simply happens when the overall calories consumed in a day is higher than the calories burned that day.
Here are some facts about bananas, an average medium sized banana is only about 105 calories and bananas are a good source of fiber, magnesium, and potassium, all of which can help manage blood pressure. They're also a good source of vitamin B6, which helps boost your immune system. And think about it, it is definitely far healthier to snack on bananas than say a bag of chips which for an ounce has about 150 calories or a large glazed doughnut which has about 299 calories. For more about calories in some of the snacks we consume check out this website
Coming to a recipe completely unrelated to bananas, here is the recipe of pineapple oatmeal cookies. I had a can of crushed pineapple that I had opened and wanted to use it up soon. I have been wanting to try making pineapple cookies for quite some time now and after looking around for recipes I did not find any that appealed to me.So I decided to make up the recipe as I went along to make this cookie. The cookies turned out soft and chewy and mildly sweet and made an excellent low fat guilt free snack.
Ingredients and Method to make Low fat Pineapple Oatmeal cookies
1/4 C Whole wheat flour
2 C 1 minute oats
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp cinnamon powder
1/2 tsp salt
4 tbsp brown sugar
1/3 cup egg whites (equivalent to whites from 2 eggs as per the carton)
1/4 C oil
3 tbsp agave nectar
1/4 C honey
1/2 C raisins
3/4 C crushed pineapple with juice (no sugar added )
Preheat oven to 350 deg F
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and keep aside
In a large bowl, mix well all the dry ingredients, items 1 through 7
In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites lightly, add oil, honey and agave nectar and mix well.
Fold in the egg and oil mixture to the dry ingredients and mix well.
Add raisins and pineapple with juice and mix well.
Keep this mixture aside for about 20 to 25 minutes until the oats become a little softer and the moisture is absorbed.
Drop spoonfuls of this mixture on the cookie sheet about an inch apart and bake for about 20 to 25 minutes until it turns brown.
Cool on a wire rack and store in an airtight container.
Yields about 20 medium sized cookies
Instead of the whole wheat flour you can easily substitute all purpose flour.
This is my entry into Original Recipe Event being hosted by Lore