Oatmeal Raisin & Spice Cookies

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

Ingredients
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)

Process
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?

March Foodie Pen Pals

Lindsay over at The Lean Green Bean organizes Foodie Penpals every month.  Participants are assigned a pen pal and send a fun, food package by the 15th of the month, with contents that add up to no more than $15.  There’s a link to details at the end of the post…if you’re interested, get in touch with Lindsay by April 4th.

This was my third month participating…I loved it!  You can see my January write-up here and February here.

I was paired up with Erin, a reader from Texas – I sent her a box of goodies for travel – a bit of a Spring Break theme.

On to the exciting package that showed up at my doorstep!  Tamiera from The Life for Less sent me a box that will put me to work!  It’s a box full of items needed for making sushi!  I’ve never tried making sushi before so this will be a fun project with a tasty ending.  Tamiera included a recipe for the rice and also the standard ingredients and tools to get started.  I’m ready to roll up my sleeves and get to work!

Key Ingredients

Ginger and seaweed

So…a big thank you to Tamiera for a thoughtful package and a big thank you to Lindsay for organizing Foodie Penpals!  It was really fun to participate…I got to “know” (virtually) new bloggers and try new treats–a Win, Win!  I’m excited to participate again in April.

If you’re interested in becoming a Foodie Pen Pal, check out the site and sign up by April 4th…pairings are sent out on April 5th!

Did you think I’d leave you without a Friday Funny?  In honor of the sushi theme, here’s a fish/healthy-living joke:

Why did the shellfish go to the gym?
To get stronger mussels.

Insert groan.  Happy Weekend!