In which my Oatmeal Banana Cookies get even better.

February 12th, 2009 5:08 pm by Kelly Garbato

Right before I got sick last week, I made another batch of those super-awesome “Best Oat Cookies that Ever Existed,” courtesy of satan at VegWeb. I wanted to try a healthier version – especially considering how quickly I scarfed ’em all down before – so I tweaked the recipe a bit: I cut the sugar nearly in half, added an extra banana, and threw in some dried cranberries along with the chocolate chips. The new batch came out even better than the original; the sweetness of the dried fruit more than made up for the lost sugar. I hope to try it again when I’m able to procure some dried cherries and blueberries, maybe some apricots, too. Alas, the only dried fruit currently residing in my cupboard is cranberries, so I guess the extra-loaded version of this recipe will have to wait.

Oatmeal Banana Cookies (was: Best Oat Cookies that Ever Existed)

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Ingredients

1 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons of cinnamon + a little extra to taste
1/2 of a teaspoon of salt
1/2 cup of brown sugar + a little extra to taste
1/4 of a cup of regular white sugar + a little extra to taste
Slightly less than 1/3 of a cup of vegetable oil
1 banana, mashed to liquid (the riper, the better)
1 banana, mashed to chunks
1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
1/2 to 1 cup of water or soy milk (I used Silk Pumpkin Spice; Soy Nog will also work well)
2 1/4 cups of quick oats
1 handful, give or take, chocolate chips to taste
Several handfuls, give or take, dried fruit (cranberries, cherries, blueberries, apricots, etc.) to taste; for this recipe, I used about 4 handfuls of dried cranberries

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2. Mix the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt together in a small bowl. Set aside.

3. In a larger bowl, mix the brown sugar, white sugar and oil. Beat until smooth. Add the whole banana and vanilla. Mash the banana with a hand masher, stirring it in with the sugar/oil mix. Keep mashing until the banana is mostly blended with the sugar and oil. (A few banana lumps are ok.)

4. Add the flour mix to the banana/sugar/oil mix and blend as best you can. At this point, the mix will probably be somewhat dry.

5. Start adding the water (or soy milk) to the mix, a little at a time. Keep stirring in the liquid until your batter is moist and blended, even a little liquid-y.

6. Add in the oats and stir. Keep adding more water (or soy milk) as needed. The batter should be thick and moist, not dry, but not too liquid-y. If you do add a little too much water (soy milk), let the batter sit for a few minutes; this will allow the oats to absorb the excess liquid.

7. Add the second banana, mashing it as you stir it into the batter. If your heart desires, leave large chunks intact. These bake well and taste awesome in the finished cookie!

8. Taste the batter. If it’s a little bland for you, add in a little extra white and/or brown sugar and/or cinnamon – just a teaspoon (for the sugar) or a sprinkle (cinnamon) at a time, until the batter’s to your liking. Remember that the chocolate chips and dried fruits will sweeten it up a bit!

9. Add chocolate chips, dried fruit and/or nuts as desired.

10. When done, drop the batter onto greased cookie sheets by the tablespoon. You should get between 30 and 36 cookies. Allow space between the dough balls, as the cookies will expand and fluff up.

11. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool and enjoy!

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