- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 3/4 cup maple sugar
- 1/3 cup pure maple syrup from Canada
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 2 egg whites
- 1 tsp lemon zest
- 1 ripe banana, mashed with a fork
- Pieces of nuts and dried fruit for garnish
- Preheat oven to 350° F. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and lemon zest.
- In another bowl, use an electric mixer to combine the maple sugar with the canola oil and maple syrup. Add the egg whites and beat until smooth and uniform.
- Gradually fold in the dry ingredients. Then stir in lemon zest and banana.
- Drop a heaping teaspoon of thick batter onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, leaving 2″ of space between each. Add one or two pieces of nuts or dried fruit to center of each disc, if desired.
- Bake, one sheet at a time, for about 8 minutes or until the bottom of the cookies have browned.
These chewy and low-fat snacks are a delicious alternative to store-bought energy bars. They are easy to eat on-the-go and provide the necessary fuel to keep you going those long distances. For variation, top these snacks with dried fruit and nuts.
Per Portion (4 bites): 185 calories; 3 g protein; 5 g fat; 33 g carbohydrates; 1 g fiber