The more brown the banana, the better! When bananas start turning brown I really can only think of one use for them… baking! And what better to bake than cookies… with peanut butter… and chocolate… and oatmeal…
In an attempt to try healthier recipes (yes, just an attempt, a failed attempt I must admit because I eat far too many for this to be healthy), I researched a few recipes with my favorite ingredients. After looking at a few, I came up with my version of banana – peanut butter – oatmeal – chocolate clusters.
- 4 very ripe bananas, mashed
- 1/2 heaping cup natural crunchy peanut butter
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 3 tbsp agave nectar
- 3 tsp vanilla
- 3 cups quick oatmeal, ground
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 cups chocolate chips
Mix bananas is a mixer until mashed. Add peanut butter, oil, nectar and vanilla. Blend until fully combined.
In a food processor, grind oatmeal. I really like to do this when making any type of oatmeal cookies because I don’t like how oatmeal cookies can easily fall apart. PLUS, kids who may not like the texture of oatmeal, will have a hard time spotting the oatmeal when it is ground. I also learned that Mrs. Fields famous oatmeal chocolate chip cookies (one of my favorite combos) using this type of oatmeal. YUM
In a small bowl, combine all the dry ingredients. Then add the dry mixture to the banana mixture. Add the chocolate chips last.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Drop batter by heaping tablespoons on a cookie sheet. The cookies won’t rise/expand so fill up your sheet!
Half way through baking, I stopped for a coffee break (yes – coffee on a Sunday afternoon. yes – I’m getting old!!)
Bake the cookies for about 10-12 minutes checking carefully. Make sure not to burn the cookies!
I served my daddy some cookies (ok-6!) and within minutes, all 6 were gone. I’d say that means the cookies were either pretty good or he was just really hungry. I’ll say the first one was true! I was pleasantly surprised by these little sweet clusters!!
What’s the last delish healthy (or semi-healthy – that works too!) dessert you have made? Did it turn out good?