Ok – so after looking at the very ripe bananas on the counter for days there was only one option when my daughter asked if we could make chocolate chip cookies – they were going to include bananas in some form or fashion!
I immediately went to Pinterest and started searching for “healthy banana oatmeal cookies” but it seemed like every one of them called for a thing or two that I was missing so I noted the common ingredients and we started tossing things in a bowl!
Here’s what was included:
- 2 large very ripe bananas, mashed
- 1 cup all natural peanut butter
- 3 teaspoons of vanilla
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 2 cups quick oats
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- Chocolate chips to taste
Here’s what we did:
I started by combining the first 4 ingredients, mixing well with a hand mixer. I then piled the oats, flour and baking soda on top of the mixture, swirled around a bit, then stirred with a wooden spoon until all mixed. The chips were sprinkled in last. Using the medium sized Pampered chef cookie scoop, we scooped 20 cookies onto a baking sheet. The balls were flattened a bit and baked for 12 minutes @ 350. There was a little bit of the “dough” left so I used the small cookie scoop and finished it off, baking for 10 minutes.
Truth be told, I had a bag of cinnamon chips that I was dying to toss in but I was vetoed by my 3-year old!! I also think these would be good with some blueberries folded in rather than the chips – but hey, I was asked for chocolate chip cookies so chocolate chip cookies we made! It was quick and fun and my daughter loved being mommy’s big helper. Plus I loved that this dough was eggless so we both enjoyed licking the beaters 🙂
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