Thursday, January 9, 2014

Quick Banana Oatmeal Cookies

Quick Banana Oatmeal Cookies

These cookies are ridiculously simple and super quick to throw together, and offer the health of a bowl of oatmeal in cookie form.  I have been really busy this week preparing for a party I am hosting this weekend, so once again when my son came home from school and asked what was for dinner, I replied with "I don't know."  "Seriously Mom?" He asked.  "Again?"... I had to laugh.  And then I offered him some choices.  He could share the left over beans and rice I had taken out of the freezer for my husband and I, or I could give him a burrito wrap out of the freezer, or how about a bowl of oatmeal?  He thought for a second and said, "How about an egg sandwich and a bowl of oatmeal?"  I agreed and then went about working in the kitchen on some things I had been preparing. Then I got to thinking.... what will I feed my daughter?

My daughter is super picky and there are many nights where I give in and let her have whole grain crackers, cheese and some small amount of produce that she always fights me about eating. But I had about a cup of oatmeal left in a big container in my fridge that I wanted to use up and knowing it would be way too much for my son, and that as oatmeal alone in a bowl, my daughter would not even attempt to eat it, I had to think of some other way to get it into her tummy.  How about in cookie form?

This recipe is basically just a very simplified version of my Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Cookie from the second post on this blog.  I literally just mixed five ingredients in a bowl, popped a small tray with 8 cookies on it into my toaster oven for 15 minutes, and presto, dinner and dessert all wrapped into one.  Of course I would normally use dark chocolate chips for their health benefits and the superior taste, or if it were just me, some walnuts instead, but I had a bag of white chocolate chips already opened and knew my kids would approve.  Otherwise this "cookie" is extremely nutritious, really moist and flavorful and super easy to throw together.  So the next time you are thinking about making oatmeal and have 20 minutes of time, why not make something a little different, and a little more fun!!!  The mix in possibilities are endless!!

* at the bottom are some additional photos from the following morning when I made them again, in a larger form, with walnuts and dark chocolate- amazing!!  :)

Quick Banana Oatmeal Cookies
all mixed together

2 ripe bananas, mashed
2 T. chocolate peanut butter (or plain)
1 C. organic quick oats (+ 1/2 C. more, if necessary)
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 C. chocolate chips, optional

Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl, adjusting the amount of oats if necessary to get a consistency that you can form into a round cookie. (dough will be gooey)  Bake at 350F for 15- 20 minutes, until set. Let cool for 10 minutes and enjoy immediately.  Will only last about a day in the fridge, perhaps longer in the freezer.  Makes about  8 - 10 cookies, depending on size.

the other four got gobbled up before I could take a photo!!
larger size, with dark chocolate and walnuts

my deceivingly healthy breakfast!!

Sunday morning breakfast,
featuring organic chocolate candies

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