I love sweets, but there are times during the day I just need a treat but I don’t want something too rich or sugary. My banana oatmeal cookies are perfect for this craving. They are made with no sugar and they bake up with a hearty and slightly sweet flavor. They are also great for a quick breakfast- banana and oatmeal — you can’t beat that. There are no eggs in this recipe and they’re low fat, making them a healthy pick-me-up that will also satisfy that sweet tooth.

Belle’s Banana Oatmeal Cookies

2 ripe bananas

1 cup quick cooking oatmeal

½ teaspoon cinnamon

1 packet stevia (optional)

¼ cup raisins (optional)

In a bowl, mash the bananas. Add the other ingredients and mix well. Drop by rounded teaspoonful’s onto a light spray cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Cool on a rack. Makes about a dozen.

Brenda Stanley is the mother of five children, including two sets of twins and a grandmother of eight. She is a cookbook author and novelist. For more recipes and information, visit her website www.brendastanleybooks.com.