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It’s not often I choose recipes that require baking. I’ve grown comfortable with cooking and have gotten really good at eyeballing while doing so, adjusting and adding where I feel necessary. Baking, on the other hand, is a whole other beast. For me, exact measurements, precise oven temperatures, and strict directions often make for an overwhelming experience. Though, when one of my girlfriends, Stephanie, sent me this cookie recipe, I couldn’t shy away from it. I even purchased my first set of measuring cups {I know, I know… what took me so long?} to make the process more pleasurable. This recipe is vegan, gluten-free and according to Steph, it’s also boyfriend approved.

I must admit, when it came time to roll the banana dough into balls I was afraid it would simply fall flat in the oven as the mixture was a bit runny. Good news! It stuck together. You’ll know when the cookies are ready as the exterior will be hard to the touch and golden brown in colour. The bananas really provide a lovely gooey quality and offer a great amount of sweetness.

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To end chocolate month with a bang, I am giving away a couple goodies from Simplecare Products, including a Poached Chocolate Fig Scrub, to one lucky reader! Simplecare Products strives to create skincare products free of preservatives, fillers, chemicals and synthetics. Instead, you’ll find plant-based ingredients like cold-pressed oils and clays, fruits and veggies, as well as natural salts and citrus. To go that extra step, Simplecare also supports animal advocacy, fair trade, and sustainability by donating a portion of sales to non-profits and implementing reusable packaging. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for Simplecare Products, available at notable retailers {soon to be announced} come Spring 2014!

For a chance to win, simply leave a comment below. Feel free to share your preference for using natural skincare products, your all-natural tips and tricks, or why you’d like to get your hands on the prize. Anything goes! You have until 3pm EST on Sunday, February 23rd to leave your comment for a chance to win. I will notify the winner by email the following day. Good luck! *This contest is now closed.

The Ingredients {Yield: 24 cookies Total Time: 35 minutes}

  • 4 ripe bananas
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup whole grain rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup cacao nibs
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milled flax {optional}

The Directions

1. Cook quinoa as per package; 1 cup quinoa to 2 cups water and bring to a boil, reduce to medium and simmer until cooked, about 12 minutes

2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Using a stand mixer or fork, mash bananas until a globby mess like baby food {Steph’s words exactly}

3. Add quinoa, shredded coconut, and coconut sugar to banana mash and mix thoroughly. Once mixed, add oats, cacao nibs and chocolate chips, mix again. At this point you could add other ingredients like nuts, raisins, chia seeds etc.

4. Once you have your mixture complete, line a baking sheet with parchment paper

5. Form golf ball-sized balls with your mixture and place on baking sheet. If you wish, flatten cookies slightly using your fingers or the bottom of a drinking glass

6. Bake in oven for approx. 20-30 minutes or until tops of cookies are solid. If you can fight temptation, let cool to harden


  • I’m enjoying more and more natural products as I find out that they do just as good a job, if not better, than most artificially made products.
    These Simplecare Products sound amazing and I would love to try them with hopes to incorporate them into my skincare/health regime!

    Lorraine Mock

    February 17, 2014
  • In the last two months or so I have gone (almost) completely natural with my skin products (with the exception of mascara). I just coconut oil or sesame oil on my body, rose hip oil on my face, organic shampoo & conditioner, and organic face wash. It feels so good to be using all natural products on the largest organ of my body, my skin.

    February 17, 2014
    • Jamie Lee Mock

      I love to hear that you’re all either using natural products and/or looking to implement more of them in your daily routine! I currently have a homemade hair treatment on my scalp to battle the dryness that tends to occur during winter months; made from almond and lavender oil to help condition hair and scalp.

      February 18, 2014
  • Karolyn

    I love natural products for in and outside my body. Part of that is because of necessity my body just reacts badly to to many artificial items. I would love to try these new products! Thanks!

    February 18, 2014
  • Victoria

    I feel like I am always trying to better the things I out into my body, but I realized I really need to work on what goes on my body as well. Learning about the affects of conventional skincare products has really opened my eyes and set me on a journey to finding more natural skincare products. I’ve made my own tea trea oil face wash, which works great! I also use Dr. Bronner’s soap. I’m only at the beginning of trying to revamp my skincare routine, while constantly looking for new products!

    February 18, 2014
  • Your photos are just so light-filled and lovely! These cookies seriously look so gorgeous and sound so delicious. Since they’re already bf-approved, I might have to make these for my bf so he can have some healthy snacks for the week!

    February 18, 2014
  • These cookies look fantastic with all the natural goodies in it! I love that you add coconut in it, chocolate and coconut is my favorite combination! – I can’t wait to make this!

    February 22, 2014

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