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.
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)
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.