Here’s a very easy and very healthy recipe for cookies. I don’t have a sweet tooth (chocolate, candy, etc.) but I am a fan of oatmeal and raisins.
I adapted this recipe from the PCRM Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine Recipe of the Week for Oatmeal Banana Bites. It’s a very easy and quick cookie to make and bake and is a small treat that will provide you with protein and fiber. (It’s vegan if that’s important for you.)
I omitted the sea salt and was out of cinnamon (gasp!) so I used nutmeg, ginger, and cloves. The batter smelled like the Quaker Instant Oatmeal Raisin & Spice instant oatmeal. Yum!
Oatmeal Raisin & Spice Cookies
1 cup old fashioned oats
1 cup oat flour (this is 1 cup of oats processed in a food processor)
1 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp ginger
1/8 tsp cloves
1 cup pureed overripe banana (roughly 2 large bananas)
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 Tblsp raisins (or other dried fruit)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Combine the oats, oat flour, baking powder and spices. Stir together.
3. Add the pureed banana*, vanilla, raisins to the dry mixture and stir until combined.
4. Spoon batter onto a baking sheet (does not need to be greased).
5. Bake for 15 minutes (until golden and set to touch).
6. Remove and let cool on the pan for 1 minute and then transfer to a cooling rack.
7. Store in an air-tight container and keep refrigerated.
*Use an immersion blender or food processor to puree your bananas. It produces a liquified mixture that is needed for this recipe. You won’t get the same liquid/cookie from just mashing the bananas.
What’s your favorite flavor of oatmeal or oatmeal combination? Did you cook/bake anything this weekend?