These cookies are the reason that I love baking.
I actually said this to myself (yeah, I talk to myself sometimes... it's fine) while eating my first one.
My mom gave me a coin purse some time ago that says "I spent all of my grocery money on shoes again!"... and, well, yeah... I did that yesterday. (IF you saw these shoes, you would know that it's totes worth it!)
So, this morning I scavenged my pantry for cookie ingredients. I had flour, oats, and leftover bananas from my juice cleanse (fun fact: my juicer cannot juice bananas). Like any good Canadian, I have maple syrup on hand at all times. (And if you're not a good Canadian, shame on you! But, you can use honey, agave syrup, or brown sugar in place of the maple syrup.) The rest of the ingredients are pretty standard in a decently stocked kitchen. Perhaps you'll need to plan ahead for the chocolate... but raisins are cool, too!
And, with all of these basic ingredients and very little planning, I threw together quite possibly my favourite cookie to date. Each bite can offer something different: a touch of chocolate, a tinge of cinnamon, or, my personal favourite, the taste of fleur de sel (sea salt). The texture is chewy and soft. These cookies to me are the magic of baking: random and simple ingredients coming together to make a delicious treat.
It's a good thing I like them this much because I won't have to complain about eating them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner... obviously in my new shoes!
Banana oatmeal chocolate chip cookies - What you need:
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon fleur de sel/sea salt (this really makes a difference here!)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 cup mashed bananas (I used 3 small RIPE bananas)
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 100 grams chocolate chips or chopped chocolate, of your choice (I used milk chocolate)
Banana oatmeal chocolate chip cookies - What you do:
Preheat your oven to 190 degrees celsius and prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, oats, cinnamon, salt, and baking powder. Set aside.
In a large bowl, beat the sugar, maple syrup, and oil together. Add the vanilla extract, beat well. Add the bananas, and beat well again until everything is totally combined.
Add the flour mix into the banana mix and stir until everything is incorporated.
Stir in the chocolate until incorporated.
Drop spoonfuls of the cookie batter onto the prepared cookie sheet. Make sure you leave lots of room for the cookies to spread out!
Bake the cookies in the 190 celsius preheated oven for 10 minutes.
Leave the cookies on the baking sheet for a minute, and then transfer them to a cooling rack to cool.
The little guys are excellent when dipped in coffee!
** I always forget this part!!! This recipe makes around 2 dozen cookies!