Chocolate-Covered Banana-Oat Cookies

Chocolate-Covered Banana-Oat CookiesIngredients:
3 Bananas
2 cups rolled oats
Optional ingredients:
walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, dried fruits, and/or pieces of dark chocolate

Preparation:
First blend the bananas. Once the bananas are blended, put them with the other ingredients in a bowl and mix together till you have a good blend of all the ingredients.
Use fingertips to make small balls or different shapes by hands or cooking molds.

The cookies will get their sweetness  from the bananas and the other ingredients such as dried fruits or the dark chocolate. If you wish a sweeter taste you can add 1-3 teaspoons of row honey.

Bake for 15 minutes at 390 ºF

After the cookies are baked you can cover them with melted dark chocolate.

Difference Between Added and Natural Sugar

Difference Between Added and Natural SugarSugar is the most common ingredient used today when it comes to adding sweetness to a dish. But, this ingredient has gained bad reputation and it is also believed that it can be as addictive as alcohol. There are different types of sugar out there and they are not created equal. One is added sugar and the other one is natural sugar. Too much sugar is not good for anyone, but is it true that one type of sugar is healthier than the other? Let’s take a look at the difference between added and natural sugar.

Added Sugar

Added sugar is any sweetener that is added to foods when they are prepared or processed. This could be granulated white sugar, raw sugar or even corn syrup. The degree of sweetness usually varies and so does the flavor depending on the source of the added sugar. Added sugar is a pure source of carbohydrate and one teaspoon of added sugar can have about 15 calories. When a person consumes large amounts of added sugar, they can put on weight drastically. They will also often have a poor control on their blood sugar levels. The most significant amounts of added sugar can be found in energy drinks, sports drinks, soft drinks, baked goods, ice cream and candy. Read more