Since I've started my diet I've been more lenient on my diet than I have on working out. I don't pig out every day, but I mainly focus on cutting back on butter and most junk food and I eat a portioned amount of my dinner whatever it may be. I don't eat chips or much chocolate and soda anyway since I'm allergic to caffeine (Yes, it sucks) so it hasn't been too hard.
However, I have been sneaking in a bit of sugar in the form of really terrible cereal or breaking up the occasional candy bar over 3-4 days. I don't live alone and the rest of the house loves junk food, so getting rid of it altogether isn't an option. I roll with it and try to keep temptations at bay the best I can. I've been losing an average of 2lbs a week even with the occasional controlled snack so I hadn't thought much of it.
I do know that the sugar and majorly empty calories are useless so I've been playing around with healthier "snack" options. Recently one of my favorite recipe sites Skinnytaste, featured a recipe for Healthy cookies made with bananas and oatmeal. I thought it would be a perfect sweet snack that would have nutrition as well.
Keeping it in mind, I made some for the season finale of Gold Rush the other night. It was an event, I do so love that show, and Realized I needed some snackage right away. Since the cookies were easy and quick I made those instead of grabbing pure sugar.
Heres the result.
"Gold Nugget Cookies" Renamed for the event. lol They kinda look like gold nuggets... you know since most gold isn't really yellow... right???? Close enough. The name made me happy. lol
The real title is Healthy Cookies; link below if you'd like. Making them as the recipe calls they have 93 calories and 3.5 g of fat per serving (Two cookies). My version with raisins instead of walnuts has 65 calories and 0.8 g of fat (One cookie since I made them larger.), according to sparkpeople's calculator.
As I said, I added raisins to mine and they turned out really tasty; after they cool off they do taste like banana bread. Sadly though, my first thought was "These would be perfect with brown sugar added." Which would defeat the purpose. That's the point in which I realized that I am hardcore addicted to sugar. I crave it all the time but figured an alternative would do just as well, turns out it doesn't. Now I get to decide what to do about it: continue having my controlled snacks or learn to love fruit instead. I have a feeling the latter will be victorious.
Although they didn't satisfy my sweet tooth they are amazing snacks. They taste better the longer they sit. I have some left today, so I ate one after taking my vitamin on an empty stomach and nearly getting sick. It was substantial enough to calm my stomach until my breakfast was finished cooking. Bet a "real" cookie couldn't do that.