Easy shopping and easy cookies

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My pile of holiday gifts doesn’t actually look this good. Its easy to stress about gifts. Will he/she like this? Should I be spending this much money? What if they get me away nicer gift than I get them? If you’re like me, you can easily talk yourself into getting everyone gifts and then stare at your empty wallet in shock and not know what happened. Generally I try to pick gifts that fall under one of these categories: something they need, something they may not need but will like and use, a surprise they will love (typically not an object), something inexpensive and silly/meaningful that will make them laugh/smile from time to time. Sometimes, when the stars align, all of those things come together in the shape of a perfect, shining gift. But usually they don’t. Sometimes I will automatically know what to get someone (either because they’ve mentioned it before or I just get a brilliant idea), but mostly I wander around until I see something that reminds me of them. Often when I’m short on cash/time/ideas and I want to show someone I care I’ll write them a card or default to the universal gift of love: chocolate.

Christmas is also the time for cookies and even though I made, frosted, and ate a lot of sugar cookies the other night with some lovely friends, I’ve also been snacking on some healthier cookies. And the best part is that it only takes 3 ingredients to make them.

Three Ingredient Cookies (ever so slightly modified from The Skinny Confidential)

  • 2 bananas (the riper the better)
  • 2 cups rolled/quick oats
  • A handful of berries (I used cranberries and raspberries)
  • OR a scoop of nut butter  (I haven’t tried making them this way yet, but I’m sure they would be delicious)

The preparation is just as easy. Mush them all together and bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes. They last in the fridge for several days, just pop them in the microwave for 10 seconds before eating. Image

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