Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Banana Oatmeal Cookies (chocolate chip)

reading time: ca. 1 min




Preparation time: 20 mins
Main ingredients: banana, oats
difficulty level: easy peasy
makes: 15-20 cookies
suitable for: vegan, lactose-free, gluten-free, nut-free, low-sodium, and delicious "even so"

In the spirit of (lazy) Christmas i also made a quick batch of Banana Oatmeal Cookies which are made of - guess what - banana and oatmeal. THAT'S IT! (well, and a little bit of chocolate because let's face it, chocolate is a must around Christmas time!)

Okay, they don't taste exactly like the cookies you get around Christmas time (like, say, gingerbread cookies). Instead they are a little more gooey and don't crumble at all. But what mostly convinced me was that you can have them ready in 20 minutes including the baking time!
 
These cookies only require 3 ingredients and they are much healthier than other cookies. And they taste like banana bread AND oatmeal at the same time. The best way to battle a sudden snack attack. 

Banana Oatmeal Cookies

Ingredients

4 ripe bananas
2 cups oats
1/4 cup vegan chocolate chips (i just broke a bar of dark chocolate into chunks)

To be honest, the following really isn't even a recipe. It's me telling you to mix two or three things together in order to end up with a healthy treat that you could actually even enjoy unbaked or in the form of a chocolatey banana oatmeal for breakfast, hehe.

Let's do this!


Instructions

Preheat oven to 180°C.

In a bowl, mash your bananas with a fork until no longer lumpy. If they are not soft enough to be easily mashed with a fork, they are not ripe and therefore not sweet enough! Mix in the oats and fold in the chocolate chunks. Using a spoon, scoop up the batter and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven for about 10-15 minutes. Done!

PS. To make these cookies even healthier, you could replace (part of) the oats with dried fruit like raisins or cranberries or chopped dates! I actually did half raisins, half chocolate, and it was super yummy.

Chopped walnuts would also be great in these cookies, i think. Or a spoonful of peanut butter! Just a thought ;)

Another version I made with these is DOUBLE CHOCOLATE cookies with date chunks and nut pieces. Just add 3 or 4 tablespoons unsweetened cacao powder, a handful of crushed walnuts and 4 or 5 juicy dates to the basic mix!




Maisy



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