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Posts Tagged ‘ripe bananas’

Banana Oatmeal Walnut Cookies

Posted by terrepruitt on August 13, 2011

This recipe allows you to use up the over ripe bananas without having to resort to banana bread.  Although these taste pretty much like banana bread, but lighter, more airy.  While the large amount of butter seems to make these anything but a low-fat cookie, I find that they are very satisfying so I don’t gobble down an entire half-dozen.  If you break it down it is about 1/8 of a tablespoon per cookie.  It is a cookie and like all cookies, they are meant to be a treat.  I think that the bananas, the oats, and the walnuts add a bit of nutrients to them.  I think anytime good-for-you ingredients can be added to a sweet treat it is a great thing.  Homemade is better than packaged goods.

Nia cardio workout, workout San Jose, Nia Los GatosBanana Oatmeal Walnut Cookies

Ingredients:

3/4 cup of butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon of vanilla

1 cup wheat flour
1/2 cup white flour
1 3/4 cups oats
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
¾ teaspoon cinnamon
A sprinkle of nutmeg
3 bananas

Chopped walnuts

Preheat oven 375 degrees

Using an electric hand-held beater, mix up the butter and sugar.  I mix it up until it is fluffy.

Then, add the egg and vanilla. Mix well.  This I mix until it is light and fluffy.  (I think that is what helps make the cookies lighter than banana bread.)

Add the rest of the ingredients (except the nuts) one at a time.  Blending well – using the electric hand-held beater – after adding each one and before adding the next.

Stir the walnuts in using a spoon or whatever.  I just wouldn’t use the beater.

The “dough” is rather runny for me at this point.  I use a round measuring spoon to scoop up the mixture and put it on a cookie sheet.

I don’t grease the sheet, but I think that really depends on what you are baking on.  You can decide.  I do space them out rather far because they tend to grow a little bit.

I bake them at 375 degrees for 12.  I bake them for 6 minutes, then I turn the pan.  And bake them for another 6 minutes, for a total of 12 minutes.  Again, you decide how “DONE” you want your cookies, plus you know your oven.  So maybe start out with 10 minutes and add minutes accordingly.  And if you have greased the cookie sheet the time might need altering.

I think I get about 4 dozen out of this recipe.

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I am going to keep this version of the recipe, but also do some alterations sometimes when I make them.  I have some ideas I want to try.  I want to try LESS butter.  I also might try the chocolate chips again, but maybe less of them (I only used ¾ of a cup the first time!) and maybe WITH nuts, oh (!) and with my nutmeg addition.  That might make a big difference.  But I somewhat agree with my husband about adding chocolate chips to a cookie, it just makes it a chocolate chip cookie.

I want to let you know the path that led me to making this recipe.  First I went looking for recipes and ideas on what to do with over ripe banana and I found 100 Things to Do with a Banana (yeah, really).  Since they have pictures I just scrolled through clicking on pictures I liked and it led to A little bit of this, a little bit of that .

So, what do you think?  Are you a chocolate lover?  Then you might want to add a cup or so of chocolate chips.  What else can you think of to make this better?  Let me know.  I am always interested in hearing about alterations.

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Banana Cookies – Homemade and Delicious

Posted by terrepruitt on August 11, 2011

My husband and I buy bananas and we don’t eat them fast enough before they get too ripe.  His idea of “too ripe” is one tiny little brown spot.  The entire banana can still be GREEN, but if he sees a spot it is too ripe.  I used to like them REALLY ripe, all covered in spots and almost — ALMOST, not quite, mushy.  But now I like them a little less ripe.  I don’t like them when they “snap”, but I don’t like them when I touch it and my finger mushes into it.  So . . . I had been making a lot of banana bread.  I honestly think that my husband buys a huge bunch of bananas knowing full well that he will only eat one or two and then I will make bread out of them.  I somewhat have an issue with the banana bread.  It doesn’t seem to cook on the top.  The first time I sent it to work with him he came home and said that his co-worker loved it.  I was so embarrassed and I told him that he was NOT supposed to share it because it was uncooked.  He and his co-worker like it like that.  He also likes it without nuts, which I think is just not right.  I had been making it so much, I got tired of doing so.  I went online (but, of course) to find other ways to use ripe bananas.  I found a banana cookie recipe.  Yeah, bananas in the cookies.

Nia teacher makes banana cookies, Nia workout, Nia dance class, Nia San Jose, San Jose workoutThis woman found a banana cookie recipe on the internet and changed it up a bit. I decided to try her recipe, but wanted to change it a bit.  The recipe called for chocolate chips.  My plan was to make some without chocolate chips, then put some chips in and make some with chocolate chips. It turned out I didn’t have any chocolate chips, and unlike Carson, I didn’t even have any big chocolate drops. So I made the entire batch without chips. I liked them but they were missing something. Even though I put in the cinnamon she has listed and even though I put in twice as much vanilla they were still a little “blah”.  To me.  Blah to me was actually good because even though they were good they weren’t so good that I found myself eating them non-stop.  So it was nice that I could actually eat them as a treat should be eaten.

The next time I made them I decided to try it with the chocolate chips.  But I thought that regular sized chips would be to over powering so I bought mini chocolate chips.  Nia Classes, San Jose Nia Classes, Los Gatos Nia classes, Nia Cardio Dance WorkoutI also used three bananas instead of two.  I also used different oats, which were much larger than the first ones I had.  I DID NOT like that large oat in my cookie.  Made it seem like I was chewing cud instead of a cookie, so I made a mental note to change that.  So this batch was ok.  But as my husband said, “If you put chocolate chips in a cookie it makes it a chocolate chip cookie.”  I liked them and so did he, but we decided we liked them better without chocolate chips.

So my third attempt—-HAZZAH!  I finally got it!  I pulsed the “too big” oats, I added more cinnamon, I stuck with three bananas, I added walnuts, and I sprinkled in some nutmeg!  So yay!!!!!  I got it.  Finally turned what to me seemed blah into . . . now I have to STOP myself from eating them.  Ok, not really.  That is why I like this cookie so much.  It is almost as if it is so satisfying I don’t have a desire to eat a whole plate.

They are a really nice cookie.  I think that homemade is so much better than packaged because you know what goes in them and it is usually a lot less chemicals and even some fruit.  These are kind like little circles of banana bread, really, but a little less dense.  And these I can manage to cook all the way through.

Here is the recipe .  . . . Banana Oatmeal Walnut Cookies.

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