SOFT BANANA OATMEAL COOKIES

We all go to the grocery store each week and purchase those cheap bundles of bananas. We might eat the first one, then use the second in our cereal, then we soon forget about the rest; which then the bananas sit there for the next few days getting ripe and dark in colour. The smell of ripe bananas start to fill the kitchen air. Okay, I know that I'm being a bit dramatic here but that is really my reality when it comes to bananas. I always have the intention of eating them but I never do so I'm always trying to figure out new ways of using the ripe bananas. I wanted to make banana cookies that tasted just like a miniature banana bread. This recipe definitely gave me all of the exact same flavour notes. If you're like me and don't know what to do with those ripe bananas try this recipe!

Adapted and modified from the "Banana Oatmeal Cookies" recipe on the Mom!Mom!.com website.

Makes about 3 dozen

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Baking time: 15-18 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup butter
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 bananas, mashed
  • 1-1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup walnuts, chopped

1. Preheat the oven to 350 F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In another bowl, cream together the sugar and butter, then beat in the eggs, stir in the vanilla extract and the mashed bananas.

2. Add in the rolled oats and the chopped nuts into the flour mixture, alternating with the banana mixture. Drop the cookie dough one tablespoon at a time onto the baking sheet, place it into the oven and bake it for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a rack for a good 15 minutes and enjoy. Best eaten day of.

Cook's note: I recommend storing these cookies in an airtight container for no more than 3 days. The bananas in the cookies will keep the cookies moist but create some mold if not eaten within that time frame.


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