August 29, 2012

Chocolate Chip Banana Oat Cookies

Lately I've been wanting to experiment with healthier cookies. We're crazy about these awesome Chocolate Oat Balls and eat them ALL the time so I wanted to expand and get some other treats we could enjoy as well. I went searching for vegan cookies and (noticing a few over-ripe bananas on our counter) this recipe from 101 Cookbooks looked perfect! I tweaked it a bit and left out the coconut since I'm not a fan. They're packed with bananas, oats, peanut butter, and... of course chocolate! Feel free to sub in your own add-ins such as nuts or dried fruit. We'll be comparing this to a similar one to see which one we prefer. (Update: see Chocolate Banana Cookies)

Vegan (with vegan chocolate chips)
Gluten-free (with gf oats)

*Makes about 2 dozen small cookies
3 ripe bananas
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 cups rolled oats
2/3 cup chocolate chips
1 tsp. vanilla
2 Tbsp. maple syrup
3 Tbsp. canola oil (or other flavorless oil)
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mash bananas in a bowl. Add peanut butter, oil, syrup, and vanilla.
In a separate bowl, add the dry ingredients: oats, chocolate chips, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Stir to combine.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet, and stir until thoroughly combined.
Spray a cookie sheet with olive oil spray or lay down parchment paper. Place cookies by the spoonful about an inch apart on the pan.
Bake for 15 minutes (more or less depending on your oven and size of cookies. I take them out when the tops are lightly browned.)
Let cool completely before storing in an airtight container.

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  1. Looks amazing! I already have all the ingredients in my kitchen, so I think these will be a surprise treat for my family!

  2. Yum! I e made something like this before and they are so good. I should make them again very soon :)

  3. delicious yummy bites. They look crunchy and very nice indeed.