10.06.2010

Look Mom, I Made Banana Bread Cookies!


It's been freezing in L.A. for three days now. Three days of which I've had off work. I'm not sure if I'm happy about this (getting to stay in my cozy pants all day long and not feel guilty catching up with Tivo) or sad (not being able to run on the beach, visit the farmer's market or play outdoors) but regardless, today I decided it was time to head out in the rain and stock up on ingredients for treats.

Treats that are for my gorgeous boyfriend and lovely family whom I will be boarding a plane tomorrow night to go visit for my Grandmother's 80th birthday this weekend. Treats that are conventional in all forms of the word, and treats that are not healthy, vegan or otherwise diet-friendly. But old habits die hard.

So do bananas.


I found these in The Boyfriend's fridge. Never one to waste food, instead of tossing them, I turned them into something delicious. Friends, I give you Banana Bread Cookies.


Banana Bread Cookies
Makes 32 Cookies

1 C. All-purpose Flour
1 C. Whole-Wheat Flour
1 1/2 C. Rolled Oats
1 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1 tsp. Cinnamon
1 C. Unsalted Butter (or Earth Balance)
1/2 C. Sugar
1/2 C. Brown Sugar
2 Eggs (or 2 flaxseed eggs, or Ener-G Egg Replacer)
1 1/2 tsp. Vanilla
1 C. Mashed Banana (about 3 small)
1 C. Chopped Walnuts
2 C. Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips (1 bag)

Directions

1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Mix together all dry ingredients. Set aside.
3. Cream butter with sugars, mix well, add eggs one by one and then the vanilla.
4. Add banana, mix well again.
5. Add in the dry ingredient mixture 1/2 C. at a time until it's all in there.
6. Once all is well mix, stir in the chocolate chips and nuts by hand.


7. Drop by 1 1/2" ice cream scoop-fuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 12-13 minutes until tops are lightly browned. I only put 8 cookies per sheet. Give them some space.

These cookies taste just like banana bread. Which I only didn't make because I don't own loaf pans. And I was too distracted by the Starbucks inside my grocery store with "New Flavored Via" only weeks after I quit drinking coffee to go pick up a disposable pan. Yes, that's right, I beat my coffee addiction. No more. I've been making fresh juice in the morning instead. How's that for a swap? I thought it was amazing until I saw the new flavored Via. That, and while I was gone, the Pumpkin Spice Latte came back.

But you know what they say, old habits die hard.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go make some juice.

Xoxo,

6 comments :

  1. yumm these look so soft, almost like subway cookies. Have a great time seeing your grandmother.

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  2. these look awesome and yes, it's soooo cold in SoCal!

    just wanted to say hi hon and ive missed ya...life, very busy for me!

    :)

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  3. These look delish!! Can't wait to try making them.

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  4. What a fun recipe! Banana does amazing things in baked goods. I know your your boyfriend and family are going to love these treats. I always feel like baking shows how much you really care :) <3 Have a safe trip

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  5. Yummy cookies! But why does that man of yours keep bananas in the fridge???

    Have a fun, safe trip home!!!

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