Healthy Nut Buttercups – If you want an easy but impressive tasting treat that leaves out the typical “butter” ingredient, look no further than these darlings. They could go by a number of different names, certainly. Peanut Butter Banana Cookies. Chia Chocolate Banana Bites. Or the longest title? Chocolate & Banana Peanut Buttercups with Avocado, Chia Seeds. Whatever you call them, they are delicious. Avocado is the main fat in the cookie, along with the nut butter. As a result, these are healthier than your average cookie.
Find the recipe below for these healthy nut buttercups. They are a flourless mini-muffin treat, thus they are gluten free. You are going to want to make them again and again. They are so easy to make! They have just 7 ingredients and you make the dough in one bowl.
Simple Wholesome Ingredients
You can make theses with your favorite nut butter (almond, peanut etc.) Use sunflower seed butter and they’re perfect for those with nut allergies. Here’s the ingredient list in total.
- nut butter
- vanilla extract
- chia seeds
- chocolate chips
These healthy nut buttercups have a slight sweetness to them, because there’s no added sugar among the ingredients. If you like more sweetness, add a sweetener like honey, maple syrup, or agave. A sugar substitute like Splenda Magic Baker also works, for a zero calorie addition.
We also made a bite-size version by baking them in a 9×13-inch pans for about 20 minutes. As a result, we discovered an even easier version to make. We handed out samples at the Minnesota State Fair and they were a huge hit! I created the recipe to celebrate the UnitedHealthcare “Healthy Cookie Contest” we organized. If you want a blue ribbon winning healthy cookie, find the 1st place recipe here.
Healthy Nut Buttercups
1 cup peanut butter, or your favorite nut butter
1 ripe banana, mashed (6 ounces, medium)
3 ounces avocado, mashed
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/2 cup of your favorite chocolate chips
Combine all ingredients. Mix until blended. Preheat oven to 350°F. Divide batter among 24 mini cup silicone muffin pan. Bake until firm, about 15 Minutes. Serve warm for some added gooeyness. Makes 24.