Guilt-Free Treats – A Simple Pleasure

I was born with a sweet tooth. Well, to be clear, not just one but every tooth in my mouth has always craved the sweet stuff.

Over the last year or so, though, I have realized that I need to cut way back on my sugar intake. The goal is a healthier body and lifestyle. Finding ways to decrease refined sugar in my diet while not feeling dessert-deprived has become a high priority for me.

I found this Banana Nut Cookie  recipe online under the diabetic dessert category on It is sweetened only with raisins and bananas. This is great as is but I decided to play around with the recipe a bit to make it a little more of a decadent, yet still healthy, indulgence.

To add more sweetness I added about half a teaspoon of agave nectar (a natural sweetener which has a lower glycemic index than processed sugar). I found this informative article on agave and how to choose the best brand. Thankfully, I’ve been using the one recommended here.

And, instead of raisins, I tossed in some chocolate chips. The higher cacao percentage the better. If I had dark chocolate I would have used that instead.

Also, I usually substitute unsweetened, natural applesauce in place of the oil but didn’t have it on hand. Next time, though.

These little treats are just that. A real treat.

They’re my guilt-free simple pleasure this week!

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Banana Nut Cookies

YIELD: 3 dozen cookies (serving size: 1 cookie)


2 cups uncooked regular oats
1 cup raisins
1 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups mashed banana (about 3 medium)
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


1. Preheat oven to 350°.
2. Combine first 4 ingredients in a large bowl; stir well. Combine banana, oil, and vanilla; stir well. Add banana mixture to dry ingredients, stirring to combine. Let stand 15 minutes.
3. Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes or until lightly golden. Transfer cookies to wire racks; cool completely.

16 thoughts on “Guilt-Free Treats – A Simple Pleasure

  1. What a delicious recipe this is. I will be copying it and sharing it with my family.

    I am a diabetic, so this would be perfect – thank you!

    Mrs. M.

  2. I mentioned the other day that if I knew which tooth was my sweet tooth, I’d have it extracted. 🙂 I’ve learned to live with less refined sugar in the last year and always enjoy finding something sweet, but healthier, to take its place. This sounds yummy!

  3. Hi Angel,
    I, too, suffer from ‘sweet tooth’. It’s a terrible affliction to have.I was hoping that as I got older and lost teeth the craving would reduce in proportion to the fewer teeth–BUT–no such 🙂
    Your recipe looks wonderful.
    God Bless
    Barb from Australia

  4. My dear SIL just brought over some homemade oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and yes, I am feeling a bit guilty. Yours sound yummy and more guilt-free. I will definitely be giving them a try.

  5. This sounds great. I always love how we can make better choices without totally denying ourselves something good.

  6. Oh thanks for sharing because I just ate something that has caused guilt and now I have to go sweat it off. Yes, a great simple pleasure…and thanks for the recipe, Benjamin and I will be baking cookies.

  7. Sounds delicious.

    I also like your other post about turning off the electronics next week. Wonder how many will get off in our household.
    Last year, our power went out for a night and we had the most wonderful time under the stars. We thought it would be good to do that once a month. We didn’t make it happen though. Maybe we should give it a better effort this year.


  8. Quilt free treats are my continual simple pleasure! I’m very much into this one of yours because you added the recipe to boot.

    I WILL be trying these. I’m totally clueless about agave nectar. I need to look for some and read up on it.

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