A bunch of bananas turned spotted this morning due to yesterdays heat so I was looking for ideas. I pulled out How It All Vegan! 10th Anniversary Edition: Irresistible Recipes for an Animal-Free Diet and tried “Banana Oatmeal Cookies” on page 147. The cookie has no added fat or oil (besides the chocolate chips). I liked the cookies but they are on the drier side, maybe a bit of oil would have helped, say a Tablespoon or two. As well there is no added salt besides the baking soda. If you eat less sodium you won’t mind (as we do), but YMMV. Anyhow, let the cookies fully cool down for best taste, as with no fat baked goodies these cookies get softer after they sit for a little.
Banana Oatmeal Cookies
- 2 very ripe bananas, mashed (about 2/3 cup)
- ½ cup applesauce
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 2½ cups all-purpose flour
- 2½ cups old-fashioned oats
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 cup raisins (used organic)
- ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (check the label, used organic)
Preheat the oven to 350° and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
Mash the bananas finely and add to a medium mixing bowl with the sugar, applesauce and vanilla, stir to mix.
Sift the flour, cinnamon and baking soda into a large mixing bowl, stir in the oats.
Add the liquid to the dry and mix till just together. Add in the raisins and chocolate chips, stir to mix in.
Using a 2 Tablespoon disher make about 26 cookies (3 batches) and bake one tray at a time for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool fully before eating.
With no fat added baking eat within 24 hours for best results.