No sugar banana peanut butter crunchies

Eating sugar is such a slippery slope.  I always have the best intentions to keep sugar out of my diet, and then, after a while I inevitably get lax with it.

It starts off innocently.  I’ll just add a little honey to this peanut butter banana sandwich.  Why not top my oatmeal with some pure maple syrup?  That’s not so bad; it’s natural sugar, after all.

Then, I’m adding 1/2 cup of Sucanat to every other baked good I make.  I justify it because at least it’s unrefined evaporated cane juice and retains some nutrients.

The next thing you know, sugar, whether it be refined or unrefined, natural or not, starts  to take over.

The truth is this:  sugar is sugar.  Whether you consume it in the form of the white refined stuff or via honey, it still has a negative effect on your body.  Which is why I’ve always contended that sugar, even natural sweeteners, should only be a small part of your diet, eaten in moderation.

The moderation part has been eluding me lately.

So, for the next 40 days, in honor of Lent, I am giving up sugar.  No Sucanat.   No honey.  No maple syrup.  No agave nectar.  Gone, gone, gone, and gone.  Anything with added sugar will not be consumed by me.

I made these little no-sugar added cookies as a way to transition from eating way too many sugary foods to eating none at all.  They are not technically “sugar free”, but their sugar comes from the bananas and dates.  They are definitely the healthiest cookie I’ve had in a while.

Even though these are healthy cookies, they are satisfying my sweet tooth.  The flavor is strong banana with subtle peanut butter undertones.  The peanuts add a nice little crunch that complements the chewy oats and banana combination.

Whether you are giving up sugar for lent or just want a healthier cookie to feed your toddler or kids, give these little guys a try.  They are easy to whip together and super tasty.

Comments

  1. Lisa says

    Those sound great! Thanks for this recipe. We’ve really been trying to limit the sugar around here lately, too. It does get out of control quite easily, I agree. Can’t wait to give these a try.

  2. says

    Yum!! I always love a good no sugar added treat, and I really like that you didn’t use stevia in here too to sweeten it up. Dates and banana work wonders at sweetening goodies up.

    Way to give up sugar. I agree, it should really only be a tiny part of our diets, not a norm.

    • Maryea says

      Oh my body totally craves it. It’s addictive stuff! I think cashews would be wonderful in this. Let me know if you try it! You could also just omit the peanuts and it’d be good that way, too.

  3. says

    Nice! I am the same way with sugar. I can go a long time without it, and LOVE how I truly don’t miss it when I finally break the habit. But then some how it sneaks in and I have to go through the withdrawal period all over again. Oy!

    I’m going to try this recipe next time I’m bitten by the baking bug, love how simple and healthy it is!

    • Maryea says

      Thanks, Alex! So far, so good. Oh wait, it’s only been a day. hee hee ;-) I actually had a dream that I ate a Reese’s peanut butter cup last night. How weird!

  4. Kelly says

    I’m so glad to see this post! I’m giving up sugars for lent too, and last night I dreamed that I’d already forgotten and had a big piece of cake. Keep the non-sugar sweet tooth recipes coming!

    • Maryea says

      Too funny–I had a dream last night that I forgot and ate a Reese’s peanut butter cup! Clearly we have sugar on the brain! :0

  5. says

    I agree! I’ve been heading down that slippery slope for a while now. I need to back off the sugar and this is the perfect thing to do so. Love it! And your photos are fabulous.

  6. Amanda says

    What? No sugar? Um, no way! Sugar ALL DAY, EVERYDAY baby.

    JK, it’s totally evil. Haha :) I would have a mighty hard time cutting it out, but I do try to keep the cravings at bay by giving in to it in tiny doses so I don’t binge on (bad) cookies or something.

    I make my bf to split sweets with me any time we want something sugary, because I know half of whatever it is will suffice and we’ll be content without doing too much damage. He doesn’t like to share, but when I toss in the fact that well save money by not buying 2 frozen yogurts, or that the batch of cookies I made will last long enough that he can take them to work everyday too, he’s on board.

    Anyway, I won’t feel too bad about not sharing some of these, or eating “too many.” I’m sure they’ll satisfy everything my body is looking for right now when I reach for something sweet. Thanks and good luck with those 40 days, Maryea! :)

  7. says

    Made these tonight and everyone loved them! They helped keep my girls quiet in the car on the way to pick up Daddy at the airport and served as a perfect “welcome back from your trip, here’s some real food” treat for him to munch on the way home. He ate two, then asked what was in them and when he heard how simple and clean the ingredient list was he had another. They ARE just as addicting as a sugary sweet though!

    Best of luck with the next however many days until Easter!

    • Maryea says

      I’m really glad you and your family liked these. I’m actually not missing the sugar or sweeteners as much as I thought I would!

  8. says

    Thank you Maryea! I just found your site and I already bookmarked half a dozen recipes that I want to try this week. I just finished making three of your recipes (these, the white bean pumpkin dip and the date/peanut lara bars). My son (25-months) doesn’t eat nearly enough protein, except for peanut butter (he’ll eat it right from the jar if I let him). Since he loves peanut butter and bananas, this seems like a perfect snack that he’ll eat. I usually beg them to nap longer than 50 minutes (once a day- grrrrr), but today I’m anxious for him to wake up early just so that he can try these! I added a 1/3 cup of unsweetened organic flaked coconut (we need the extra fat- he’s so skinny) and 1/4 cup of shaved dark chocolate (that’s mostly for me- mmmm chocolate). Thank you again for your delicious recipes.

    • Maryea says

      You’re welcome Theresa! Your son sounds a lot like my Meghan in that she would live on peanut butter if I let her. It is definitely her main source of protein! I’m working on getting her to branch out more, but she really loves her peanut butter. I hope you enjoy all the recipes you try! :-)

  9. says

    Maryea, we have made your No Sugar Banana PB Crunchies eight or nine times since I originally posted my comment. To say that they are a huge hit is an understatement, the kids (2 1/2 years old) LOVE them! I love saying, “yes, you can have another cookie” or “yes, you can have cookies for snack”. Thank you, again and again, for helping me feed my family delicious and healthy snacks. I’m so grateful that there are wonderful people like you who blog delicious and nutritious options for kids (and their hungry parents). Thank you.

  10. Melis C says

    I am definitely going to give these a try! I have had no sugar for nearly a month now, and I have now started craving crunchies! I googled some recipes last night and chose one that looked fairly simple (I am not much of a baker), it was a disaster, they have no taste whatsoever. I used sugar free peanut butter! I will definitely try this one tho… I need to satisfy the craving :)

  11. says

    Maryea we are STILL baking these together two years later! Thank you for helping me to feed my family healthy and delicious options. Today my little girl (4) made your cookies. I love this recipe. Thank you again.

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