Maybe you've seen these? A few months ago it seemed like everyone was talking about this - cookies with two ingredients! It's ingenious really, and the results are surprising. The basic original recipe is just two mashed bananas and a cup of quick oats. Mixed together and baked. My version has some extra stuff added to it, so they are no longer two ingredients, but even if you stick with the original two, they are really good. At our house we call them breakfast cookies, because this is a cookie that I will gladly let the kids eat for breakfast. It's all healthy stuff, and a handful of these is a perfect hurried breakfast. One of my kids doesn't like them, she's not a big fan of bananas, and unless you put chocolate chips in these, banana is the dominant flavor. But if you like banana flavor, you will love these. I usually at least triple the basic recipe - otherwise they disappear way too fast, so the ingredients below represent my tripled version. They freeze great and are another good option for pulling out and putting in the lunch box.
- 6 bananas - the riper the better, mashed well
- 2 1/2 cups quick oats
- 1/2 cup ground flax
- 1 t vanilla
- 2 t cinnamon
- 3/4 cup raisins
If you use less ripe bananas, the banana flavor won't be as strong. But the bananas are where all the sweetness comes from, so less ripe bananas won't be as sweet. If you were just tripling the original recipe, it would be 3 cups of quick oats. But I cut the oats by a bit and add in some ground flax. Healthy, and I really like the flavor. But you can just do 3 cups of oats. I've tried these with regular rolled oats, are they are ok but not quite the same. With quick oats they all blend in a little better, and give a little more of a real cookie consistency. With regular oats, it's a little more of a soft granola consistency - not bad, just different. You can also try pulsing rolled oats in a food processor a little, to break them down a bit.
All you do is mash the bananas and mix all the ingredients together. I like to let it sit for a few minutes, to let the oats absorb a bit of the banana. You can add in whatever you want, this is my personal favorite combination. Nuts are great (although I leave them out so that I can send these to school). And with some chocolate chips these really seem like a decadent 'real' cookie.
The "dough" is actually really tasty to eat just by itself. It's just mashed bananas and oats, so no problem with eating it raw.
Scoop onto well greased cookie sheets (otherwise they will stick!). I like them fairly small, easy for little hands. They don't spread, so you can put them fairly close together. And flatten them a little with the back of a spoon. Then bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes - depending on how well done you want them. They don't really brown much, since there's no fat in them. So if you want a little browning you can spray the tops with a little cooking spray.