Good morning everyone,
These cookies are very popular in our house. There’s something for everyone – banana, chocolate chips, oats. I’m not going to pretend they’re healthy – they are still cookies after all but they are slightly better than varieties which are made with significantly more sugar and butter.
These cookies are soft and chewy while they are still warm from the oven, perfect for our son. They do harden after cooling and become great for dipping in tea, which is perfect for the husband unit.
I will occasionally add pecans, chia seeds, or sesame seeds to the mixture for added textures and flavours.
Chocolate chips don’t last long in my house. The house fairies seem to eat them while we sleep… or at least that’s the story we’re told by the chocolate fans. So in a pinch, I have substituted white chocolate chips, caramel chips and even butterscotch chips, with great results.
Don’t tell the kids but I’ve even made these cookies with pumpkin puree instead of banana puree and they just think they are getting chocolate chip cookies… what they don’t know probably won’t kill them.
Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
2/3 cup ripe banana, pureed (about 1 large banana)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup flour
1/2 cup uncooked oats
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup butter, room temperature
1/2 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup chocolate chips (or caramel or white chocolate)
Pre-heat oven to 350F. Line a baking tray with parchment paper and set aside. Puree or mash the banana and set aside.
Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together in a bowl. Add the oats and stir until well coated. In another bowl or a mixer, cream together the butter and brown sugar. Once creamed well, add the vanilla and banana and stir until well mixed.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and still until the mixtures comes together. Using a large tablespoon, drop generous tablespoons of dough onto the baking sheet.
Bake the cookies for 12 – 14 minutes, until slightly browned on the edges.
That’s it! Easy!
Until next time,
Peace and love,