2-Ingredient Pre-Game Performance Cookies
Cookies + Performance?
When we’re talking about kids and sports, we need to be realistic in our goals. We can still expect a lot from our players in terms of nutrition-especially if they are serious about their performance levels, but they are still kids at heart and kids like cookies.
Without diving too much into the specifics of nutrition and timings, these performance cookies are the perfect fuel for young athletes-but they do need to be eaten 1-2 hours BEFORE a game or practice.
So that means these are not to be eaten directly before getting on the ice or field. Otherwise they will simply sit in the belly and do nothing for performance.
Young athletes metabolisms are fairly high and can digest foods quickly but they still need TIME. A minimum of one hour before a game/practice, they shouldn’t be eating (unless of course they’re starving and haven’t eaten in hours…that’s another article, I digress).
The best part about these cookies is they are so easy, even the players can make them themselves. THAT’S RIGHT, THE PLAYERS CAN DO THIS THEMSELVES. Although, if they’re really young, you can take over when it’s time to put them in the oven.
The basic cookie is 2 ingredients. Ripe bananas and rolled oats.
Bananas are an amazing pre-game fuel because they are full of vitamins, fibre, and NATURAL SUGAR (energy!). The more ripe a banana, the sweeter it is-and I’m talking about natural sugar here. Nothing more. This is the type of sugar you want your young athlete to have.
Oats are also an excellent source of fibre and aid in digestion. If you go for gluten free brands such as Splendor Garden, you can be sure that the oats are gluten free. Otherwise, some oats are processed in factories that also process wheat, so if it’s necessary, you need to be careful.
Now you can add anything in you want (within reason). Like I said before, these young players are still kids…so sometimes I’ll add dark chocolate chips or nut butter. You could wedge 2 cookies together with some naturally sweetened jam or throw in some coconut flakes and a splash of vanilla. It’s completely up to you!
2 ripe bananas
2 cups gluten-free rolled oats (like Splendor Garden)
1/4 cup add-in (I used Enjoy Life dark chocolate morsels)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Peel and mash bananas in a large bowl. Add oats and mix until well combined. Mix in your add-in, if using. Scoop a tablespoon of mixture at a time into hands and press into a cookie shape. Place on a parchment paper covered baking sheet. Bake for 10-14 minutes, until bottoms are slightly browned. Let cool and pack for the perfect pre-game fuel!
Makes 12-15 cookies.
If you have any questions regarding this recipe or want to book a team nutrition workshop to make no-bake energy bites together, contact me any time!