Almond Butter Banana Cookies + Mt. Rainier Recap

These aromatic cookies are made with natural sweetener and are perfect to indulge in without feeling guilty. They are also filled with protein and are a great source for energy.
almond butter banana cookies

Hello, guys! Hope you enjoyed your holiday weekend! My husband and I made an impromptu trip to Mt. Rainier yesterday. It’s funny how we’ve both lived in Washington our whole lives yet yesterday was our very first time going there. It was a little chilly there but it was absolutely gorgeous! Since we were up in the mountains, I had no cell phone reception and honestly, it was the best. thing. EVER. I used my phone to take pictures but it was nice to be not be able to check my email, reply to texts, or log onto my social media accounts. I was able to enjoy my surroundings and take it all in without my phone distracting me throughout the day.

We waited a bit for the clouds to clear to capture a good view of the mountain top. I often see Mt. Rainier when I’m driving in the Seattle area but it was amazing being this close to the top!

mt rainier

We were bundled up but I was still a little cold. I always look silly when I bundle up but what’s important is that I keep myself warm! ;)

mt rainier

I loved staring out into this view. Pictures don’t do justice; you have to be there to soak it all in!

mt rainier

We stopped on the side of the road to capture this picture.

mt rainier

There are quite a few waterfalls on the mountain and the Narada Falls was one of them that we stopped to check out. Unfortunately we didn’t get to hike to the bottom of the waterfall since we didn’t wear the right shoes that would keep us from slipping on the slushy snow. We still enjoyed an awesome scenic view!

mt rainier

Now let’s move onto my new recipe: Almond butter banana cookies! In all honesty, I was planning to make energy bites but I was in the mood for cookies. I think you can make energy bites with these same ingredients so let me know if you give it a try! This recipe is very quick and easy, and I think it’ll be fun to make if you have kids. :)

Almond Butter Banana Cookies

Yield: 4

Serving Size: 2 cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 mashed ripe banana
  • 1 1/2 cups raw oats
  • 1/2 cup 100% pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Thoroughly mix banana, oats, maple syrup, almond butter, ground flax seed, and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Form 8-10 balls and place them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Remove cookies from over and let them cool for a few minutes before serving. You can store any leftovers in an air-tight container in the fridge or freeze them.
http://tastyfoodproject.com/2014/05/27/almond-butter-banana-cookies-mt-rainier-recap/

almond butter banana cookies

What is your favorite kind of cookie?

Did you do anything fun over the holiday weekend?

Love,

Polly

6 thoughts on “Almond Butter Banana Cookies + Mt. Rainier Recap

  1. Stunning pics of Mt. Rainier! Agreed on the cell phone, sometimes, I happy when I accidentally forget it at home (or do I do it on purpose).

    These cookies look perfect to make with my kids, if I called them energy balls they wouldn’t be as interest! But cookies, yes, every time. And really healthy too which I like.

  2. Looks like you had a great time on your trip, but I’m not going to lie the thought of being around snow right now is NOT appealing to me at all, I’m so ready for warm weather! That being said, the scenery is impressive and beautiful, looks like quite the place!
    These cookies look tasty and sound easy to make, I love almond butter! :)
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