I was lucky enough to spend this past weekend at home with my family which, I must say, I do not get to do often enough and admittedly I had a jolly good time.
(Happy Mom? :))
I was also pleased because I was able to pick up a brand spankin’ new cookie sheet while out shopping at The Christmas Tree Shop .
So upon my return to school, cookie sheet in hand, I knew there was only one thing left for me to do – bake! I scoured my kitchen for inspiration. What kind of cookies should I make?
*Zoom in on my basket of overripe bananas.*
Banana bread has always been one of my favorites, so why not make it in cookie form? I looked through my pantry to see what else I could add to this already interesting sounding cookie. Oats, chocolate chips, walnuts – I was beginning to get excited!
I checked my handy little recipe book for my oatmeal raisin cookie recipe as a base, made some tweaks (as usual) to try and make it a little bit healthier, and Voila!
Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 3/4 cup all purpose flour
- 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 c white sugar
- 1/2 c brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 overripe bananas
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1/4 cup applesauce
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
- Preheat the oven to 400º.
- In a large bowl, mix together the flours, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Set aside.
- In a separate large bowl, mash the two bananas with a fork.
Mix in the egg, oil, applesauce, sugars, and vanilla.
- Add the dry ingredients to the banana mixture. Gently fold in the oats, chocolate chips, and walnuts.
- For large cookies – drop tablespoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet
For small cookies – drop teaspoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet
- Bake for 10 – 12 minutes, or until the edges are browned.