A Star Wars Celebration: Healthy Wookie Cookies

Who is excited about the new Star Wars movie? I am so ready to see it! I can't wait! In honor of the return of Chewbacca in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, I present these healthy Wookie Cookies! 

Healthy Wookie Cookies | Shiny Happy Bright
Healthy Star Wars Wookie Cookies | Shiny Happy Bright
Healthy Wookie Cookies | Shiny Happy Bright

I'm so fond of Star Wars because I can remember watching it as a kid and being RIVETED. I wasn't allowed to watch Star Wars when I was really little because my parents thought I'd be scared, but I snuck out and sat hidden by the edge of the couch one time when a babysitter was watching. I was desperate to see the Empire Strikes Back. The snow monster (wampa) on Hoth was the scariest thing ever, but I kept quiet and watched. I was promptly sent to bed when I shreiked over Han cutting open the tauntaun and stuffing Luke inside to keep him warm, though. On a side note, how much do I need this tauntaun sleeping bag? A lot, is the answer. 

So, I'm no lover of the Star Wars prequels, but I did come across an interesting article on why we shouldn't hate them.  I can't say I'm sold yet, but I'll consider watching them again. 

Healthy Cacao Cookie | Shiny Happy Bright

Can I be real about these cookies? These are healthy cookies - emphasis on the healthy. They are chewy, banana-peanut butter-cacao goodness, but they do not taste like some artificially sweetened Little Debbie business. If you've got a serious sweet tooth I suggest perhaps upping the honey a little. 

If you're not a lover of Star Wars (it's okay, I still like you), you can just leave the wookie face off these cookies and still enjoy some cacao cookie deliciousness. 

Healthy Wookie Cookies

Makes 12 cookies

3 ripe to very ripe bananas
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup apple juice
1/4 cup cacao powder (you could use cocoa as well)
3 tbsp honey
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups oatmeal
Chocolate and vanilla frosting for wookie faces

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 C). 

Mash the bananas in a large bowl till they are mostly broken down. Add the peanut butter, apple juice, cacao powder, honey, and vanilla. Stir till combined. Then add the oatmeal and stir till combined. 

Spoon about two tablespoons per cookie onto a baking tray. These will need to be formed slightly - so press them into the desired shape with your fingers. 

Bake cookies for 10 - 12 min. Let cool before piping on wookie faces. 

**I got the idea for these cookies from this adorable post about hosting a Star Wars party.