Saturday, November 8, 2008

Banana Oatmeal Cookies

This week I had the fortunate event of having 2 bananas get overly ripe. Bananas don't get ripe very often in our house because we are avid banana eaters. Even if I was to double our banana supply, we would probably eat them all before any of them went bad. So when a banana starts to get brown at my house, I start getting excited. I wanted to try something different from the banana chai muffins that I have made in the past, and for some reason I was craving a banana-oatmeal combination. Luckily I found this recipe in the Healthy Heart Handbook. That book is officially one of my favorite cookbooks these days.

The highlight of these cookies for me is that I created an egg on my own! The recipe calls for an egg-substitute but I have heard that you can make an egg substitute by combining 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed and 3-4 tablespoons of water. So I gave it a try and it seemed to work out well. This way we get all the good stuff from the flaxseed too, like all the Omega 3's.

Next I mixed up the batter. Once again I used chocolate chips instead of raisins (although I added raisins to the shopping list to stop this new habit!) The dough was delicious and so I knew that things were going to turn out okay.

This recipe made a lot of cookies. I used a 1 tablespoon measuring spoon to shape the dough into balls, and that made about 4 dozen cookies. Since I didn't want to eat 4 dozen cookies at once, I made 1 batch in the oven, and then froze 3 dozen balls of dough so that I could make a fresh batch anytime.

These were good cookies, especially right out of the oven. I will admit that they didn't taste as good as a cookie that has butter or oil in it, but it is much healthier and still felt like a real treat!


River said...

Yummy banana cookies! I bet your house smelled delicious while you were baking them!

seitanismymotor said...

These sound delicious and healthy!

Sanja said...

Although they are not quite the same as cookies with oil, I still think of them as cookies so they count (in my head) as sweet treats: yay! That cookbook sounds really interesting...

Zoey said...

The banana cookies were very good. I also tried using some of the dough that I froze and that worked out well too. 6 minutes in the oven and we had fresh baked cookies again.

The Healthy Heart Handbook is a good book. It is targeted to people who have heart issues (heart disease or heart attacks) and all the recipes are magically vegan for the health benefits.

You can check it out here:

Zoey said...

Woops, that link didn't work. Try this:

Health y Heart Handbook

Bethany said...

they look really yummy. I'm a raisins and walnut in cookie type, I'm betting those would go well in there.

Thanks for the recipe review :)