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Many of you may not know that I’m a bit of a health nerd.

Having been blessed with some confusing medical issues and after watching my health steadily deteriorate as I got older, I turned to healthy food and supplements to heal myself naturally.

After almost 3 years of trial and error, hundreds of hours of research, and what seems like gallons of blood given for Dr’s tests, I’ve finally gotten myself to the point where I’m the healthiest I can ever remember being. But more on that later…

I’m equally as passionate about wellness & healthy foods, as I am about travel. But so what?! Why does that matter to you?

Well, sometimes, just sometimes, my two passions collide and create MAGIC.

(or maybe chaos…depends on who you ask…)

But today I’m going to show you a little of the magic that happened today in the kitchen of the apartment I’m renting in Malaga, Spain.

 

The Amazingly Healthy 5-Minute Traveler’s Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free Chocolate Chip Cookie

Nom nom nom, you say? Nom noms is right.

This is a recipe (if you can call it that) for an amazingly simple, delicious and healthy dessert that takes only a few minutes to make. You do not need an oven (although it would turn out great in the oven too!), and you only need 3 ingredients.

It’s perfect if you’re a backpacker on a budget in a hostel, a digital nomad renting an apartment, a lazy college student, or simply in a hurry and in NEED of something sweet.

Trust me – I need chocolate on a daily basis, so I’m not judging.

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RECIPE:

Ingredients

– 1 small, ripe banana

– 1/2 to 1 cup of oatmeal, depending on size of banana

– 1-2 squares of a dark chocolate bar, broken into pieces/slivers

Optional: honey if you have a big sweet-tooth. Cinnamon. Nuts. Raisins. Alien toes. Whatever else tickles your fancy.

Appliances/Utensils

– 1 bowl/mug/plate

– 1 fork

– 1 microwave*

*For serious health nuts: I know microwave cooking is a no-no, but ovens generally don’t exist in southern Spain, and a chocolate-loving girl has needs OK!

Step 1: Using your fork, break the banana up into chunks/slices in the bowl. Heat banana in the microwave 15-30 seconds…

…until you can mash it up & it’s nice and soupy.

Step 2: Pour in oats & mix well.

Make sure the mixture isn’t too wet; you want the oats to be held together by the banana, but the mixture is going to be a little more dry than an average cookie mix. You’re not making a bowl of oatmeal here, so don’t add liquid!

Tip: 1/2 cup of oats should work most of the time so start with that, but slowly mix in more if the banana was really big and the mixture is very wet.

Step 3: Break up your chocolate into little chunks/slivers and throw ’em in.

Don’t worry if your chunks aren’t even; they’re going to melt into the cookie anyways!

It’s also the time to mix in your honey, cinnamon or aliens.

Step 4: Heat in the microwave for 1.5-2 minutes, then check it. Cook for an additional 1 minute at a time, until it reaches the desired consistency.

It should be kind of spongy, only a little hardened on the top (like baked oatmeal if you’ve ever had that).  Microwave powers vary so much that I don’t want to give a definitive time, plus the only thing that matters is that the chocolate chunks have melted, and that it’s not wet like breakfast oatmeal.

Step 5: Devour.

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Today when I made this I doubled it, and flattened the mixture over the bottom of a large flat round bowl. This made one giant delicious chocolate chip cookie, perfect for sharing (2-3 people). I also drizzled the slightest bit of honey and sprinkled a dash of cinnamon over the top once it was done.

You could do the same thing on a plate, or even cook it in a mug.

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FL choc chip cookie tranquil2I forgot to take pictures before we started digging in. Sorry, I´m not sorry.

If you try this, let me know how it turns out for you!

Also, if you have any awesome & healthy 5-min recipes for travelers or busy-bodies: PLEASE share them with me!

12 COMMENTS

  1. This sounds amazing!!! I too am a total health nerd which can get very complicated on the road. For a while I was making chocolate pudding with just ripe bananas, coconut oil, and cacao. Pretty soon my travel buddies were making it at breakfast as well, haha. We would just ask for bananas for our breakfast at our homestay.

    Not sure exactly what your health issues have been on the road, but have you ever looked into probiotic foods? I suffer from a weak immune system and it’s night and day when I’m drinking water kefir. I travel with a jar. x

    • So yummy!! When I was living in the states I would make something similar with frozen bananas, using my food processor to blend it into soft chocolate ice cream. I miss all my kitchen gadgets and gizmos! haha

      Were you travelling with a jar of coconut oil? I always have a little with me to use as lotion/makeup remover, but I don’t get to cook with it unless I’m living somewhere long enough to use up a whole jar 🙁

      I too have a weak immune system, and use probiotic supplements, but I’m afraid the only time I have probiotic foods like kombucha are when I’m at home. Still haven’t tried kefir though! I doubt I can find it in Spain, but I’ll give it a shot!

    • Glad to hear that you’ve healed/are healing!

      And I think most celiacs know to be careful with oats. I was diagnosed with a sensitivity, and luckily I seem to have no problem with oats!

      xoxo

  2. These look delicious! But be careful, because oats aren’t 100% gluten free! (Unfortunately I’m Celiac, and I get super sick when I have oats.) Nevertheless, I love the idea of baking on the go for travelers. I’m a total baking addict back home, but haven’t found any good alternatives while on the road! Keep the recipes coming 🙂

    • Aw I’m sorry to hear that you’re Celiac 🙁 Luckily, I’ve been tested a couple of times but diagnosed with only a ‘sensitivity’, and I don’t seem to have any issues with oats, but I try to buy gluten-free ones when I can (obviously only in Wholefoods, and still not safe for Celiacs).

      But I think most people that genuinely have a problem with gluten, know whether or not they need to avoid oats. And the ones that eat gluten-free for fun because it’s a fad…well, they should be fine with oats too 😉

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