For those of you who may not know, I haven’t kept up with this blog in a while because I went back to work full time. Well, to make a long story short, between the cost of daycare and bills, I couldn’t afford to continue working. Crazy I know, but I guess that’s just the struggles of being a single mother. Not to mention because of that $954 a month daycare (yup, you heard me correctly), my kid was sick constantly and that was heartbreaking! Luckily, my best friend, Brittany, introduced me to a product called SPARK because I was looking for more energy (and if you haven’t heard of it or tried it before leave me a comment, you have GOT to it’s amazing!) and I felt better than ever after drinking just one! Once I started bringing an extra income in, I realized that she changed my life that day with that little packet of SPARK. I now share Advocare products with friends and family and what that has done is helped me buy back my time with my son. I was able to pull Jackson out of daycare and spend all of my time with him, while pursuing a life of debt freedom so that I can pay off my student loans, move into our own place, and continue to live a life where we are just happy and spending all of our time together every single day. I can honestly say that I LOVE what I do!
Now you’re probably wondering WHY I’m telling you all of this? Well, since I started on Advocare’s products, I’ve never felt better in my life! I’m actually taking care of my health now (which for all my fellow moms out there, you know we tend to put ourselves on the back burner in order to make sure we’re doing everything we can for our kids first). But most importantly, I was able to change my parents health and make an impact on the health of my friends and family as well! So, the reason I got into this little back story, is to tell you that my eating habits have significantly changed for the BETTER and I’m constantly trying to find ways to live a healthier life for not only myself, but for friends and family as well!
Wait.. before you freak out, no that does not mean I’m only going to post “healthy” dessert recipes from now on, but yes it does mean every once and a while I will be sneaking some in! Like this one today. I recently fell in love with a protein bar that Drew Brees designed himself, called DB9 bars. I always eat one before I workout. They’re so amazing, they taste like COOKIES! Well, that protein bar inspired my cookie recipe today! Best part is, they’re both GOOD for you and you don’t have the guilt of eating a bunch of fattening cookies all day! I know all my cookie monsters’ eyes just lit up out there!
This recipe contains NO SUGAR and NO BUTTER! Too good to be true, right? Wrong! This cookie tastes just as good as a cookie loaded with sugar, fat, and calories! If you don’t believe me… try it for yourself!
These cookies are extremely quick and easy to make, anyone can do it! Also, any of the “extra ingredients” (raisins, chocolate chips, and walnuts) can be substituted for more of another ingredient (for example: if you don’t like raisins, take out the ½ cup of raisins and replace it with an extra ½ cup of walnuts, or you can add in your own ingredients like coconut flakes or dried cranberries). This cookie is a mix between an oatmeal raisin, chocolate chip, and sort of a white chocolate macadamia nut cookie (except with walnuts), and it’s also healthy, but it doesn’t taste healthy. Hence the name “Identity Crisis Cookie”. It’s meant to be a fun “everything” cookie, you know, like an everything bagel. Ha. So feel free to get creative!
Alright, first things first, preheat your oven to 350º. In a large bowl, mash 2 large extra RIPE bananas (by extra ripe I mean the more brown/black, the sweeter the banana will be, therefore the better). These are going to replace all that fattening butter cookies usually contain. Next, add in ¼ cup of agave nectar (great substitute for sugar), 1 large egg, ½ teaspoon of vanilla, and ¼ cup of sweetened or unsweetened almond milk (great healthier alternative to regular milk). Whisk to combine all of these ingredients together.
In a separate medium sized bowl, add ½ cup of whole wheat flour (you can also substitute this for gluten free flour), ¾ cup of Advocare’s Muscle Gain protein powder, ½ teaspoon of baking soda, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, and ¼ teaspoon of salt. Mix these up together evenly with a spatula so that all the dry ingredients get evenly distributed.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet ones in the large bowl, and fold with a spatula until almost combined (you don’t want to overmix this, so it’s ok if they’re not completely mixed together). Dump in the rest of the ingredients and gently fold with a spatula until they’re all mixed together nicely.
Line a baking pan with a silicone mat, or if you don’t have one you can also use parchment paper. I used a tablespoon scoop to scoop out the batter in generous heapings. Pop these bad boys in the oven for 12 minutes and immediately transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.
THATS IT! How easy, right? Like I said anyone can do it AND everyone will love it!
Warning: these cookies may become a little sticky the next day, totally normal due to the agave nectar. Keep them stored in a loosely covered container for up to a week (if they even last that long in your house)!