Day 5/30: Healthy Banana Bread Cookies

I have to be honest, y’all, I kind of have a problem with the idea of “healthy cookies.” Just hear me out.

I know sugar is bad for you. Trust me, I know this. Sugar is not healthy. I love sugar, so it is not easy for me to say this. Bad things happen to your body when you eat too much sugar (for me, sugar is a migraine trigger).

But I also genuinely believe in balance. Let me first say that if you have food allergies or sensitivities, I totally get the need for “healthy” cookies that don’t include common allergens like dairy or gluten—and as someone who tries to eat a mostly dairy-free diet, I really do appreciate all of the alternatives available today.

But that’s not what I’m talking about. I genuinely believe you can live a healthy lifestyle…and also eat cookies. You can eat a healthy diet…and also eat cookies.

Should you eat five in one sitting? No, probably not. That may be a sign of binge eating, which is something that I am not nearly qualified enough to talk about.

But one cookie will not make you fat, nor will it ruin your diet, nor will it mean you are an unhealthy person. You can love your body, love working out, love eating healthily, and still love cookies. I promise.

These healthy cookies are good! They are really, really good. They taste like a slice of moist banana bread, and that cream cheese frosting on top makes them 8 bajillion times better. You should make and eat these cookies, regardless of whether or not you are looking for a “healthy” cookie. But “healthy” cookies are not the only kind of cookies I will make from now on, because frankly, I like other kinds of cookies too.

You can love your body, love working out, love eating healthily, and still love cookies—yes, even cookies that have gluten and dairy and sugar (if your body can process those things) and things that are unhealthy in them. Eating things that are “bad” for you does not make you a bad person. Food is not “good” or “bad.” It is food. It is fuel. That’s it.

Get the recipe here.

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