quick and cheery craving cookies

I recently spent way too much time hunting for the right cookie.
The parameters were strict: little to no sugar or flour and preferably without eggs, but made of ingredients I’d typically have at home — no flax or coconut flour, please.
I know, absurd. I’ve got Club Med tastes on a YMCA budget.
But after sifting through dozens of dessert recipes on FindingVegan, I found the cookie.

These are crazy-versatile: substitute applesauce with banana, peanut with almond butter, chocolate with fruits, whatever suits your mood or craving. You can chunk ‘em up like the original recipe, or make them flat like I did.
They’re also crazy-fast to throw together.
My version — double-chocolate chip with bites of banana — made a yummy post-workout craving calmer or mid-morning snack.

Preheat the oven to 350, then combine all this deliciousness together:
1/2 cup rolled oats
Scant 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp cocoa powder (optional)
Dark chocolate chips (optional, for some people I guess)
Dash of salt, to taste
Dash of sugar substitute
Bake for 10-15 minutes, depending on how thick and gooey or thin and crisp you want them.
Makes about ten cookies.

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