On the corner of Banana Bread and Oatmeal Cookie is a giant platter of these banana-chip oatmeal nom noms. and I’m eating them all from the comfort of my couch.
Picture this. You have ripe bananas looking, not-so-cute sitting next to the greenish-yellow ones you just bought (as an upgrade). What do you do? Throw them away? Bake your fifth loaf of banana bread this month? No. You bake them into cookies. Duh. Our trash cans shall taketh no prisoners.
Now, I understand that some people don’t like the taste of banana in their cookies. Some don’t even like the taste of banana Laffy Taffy, and that’s just plain crazy. But others (me) use it as an excuse to eat cookies for breakfast and not feel ashamed. It’s like a big bowl of banana oatmeal with… Crisco…
I’m lying. I could shamelessly eat cookies–even cake–for breakfast any day of the week. But assuming you’re healthier than I am, yes, you may eat these for breakfast. I just allowed it.
These have the same texture as a traditional oatmeal cookie, but have the cozy taste of spiced banana bread. And aside from the 3/4 cup of Crisco I tossed in here, I’d actually say they’re relatively healthy. Especially if using whole wheat flour. Baaada boom! Which I, of course, didn’t.
Banana-Chip Oatmeal Cookies
(Yields 27 cookies – Time: About 40 minutes for 3 batches)
3/4 cup shortening
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup ripe banana
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg or clove
3 cups old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup bittersweet chocolate, chopped
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Put baking paper onto a cookie sheet.
In a bowl cream together shortening and sugar. Beat in egg, banana and vanilla. Combine dry ingredients in a separate bowl and stir into banana mixture. Mix in rolled oats, pecans, and chocolate. Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto parchment-covered sheet (they spread, so I put about 9 on each sheet).
Bake for 10-11 minutes or until slightly golden. Slide sheets of parchment onto a rack to cool.