Recipe: Banana Oat Cookies (with goodies!)

One of my very first recipes I ever posted was a recipe for oatmeal raisin cookies. I had been making them almost nightly for my housemates (this was my last semester at Cornell in December 2007)and they were disappearing as quickly as I could cook them. I called them Oatmeal Raisin Applesauce Cookies; that was one of the first times I “healthified” a recipe.

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This weekend I spent time in New Jersey visiting my family. My sister is an avid baker and she wanted to make oatmeal cookies on Saturday, so of course I recommended my recipe. We were out of applesauce and I don’t believe in margarine anymore so I told her how to change it around. They came out so well that I want to repost it here.

Banana Oat Cookies With Treats

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Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup flour (whole wheat or white)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves or other spice (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 1/3 cup sugar (could probably even use less)
  • 1 egg white
  • 1.5 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1.5 cups oats (quick cooking)
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup crushed walnuts
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375F. Soak raisins in hot water for 10 minutes while you prep the dough; drain.
  2. Mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices together. Set aside.
  3. Mix the mashed banana, oil, sugar, egg white, and vanilla together.
  4. Stir in the flour mixture, then add the oats and goodies (drained raisins, walnuts, chocolate chips).
  5. Use a tablespoon to drop the cookies on a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 12-14 minutes.
  6. Enjoy!
  7. Note: to make these vegan, you could probably just omit the egg white.

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We had ours with homemade almond milk (recipe to come – I have to get it from Julia).

I brought back a bunch with me to New York because Bobby adores these. Oatmeal raisin is his favorite kind of cookie.

I’ve asked this before, but I’ll ask it again… what’s your favorite cookie? Mine was sugar cookie/snickerdoodle growing up, then it changed to chocolate chip and chocolate-chocolate chip, and now I think it’s oatmeal raisin. Or just oatmeal.

New Year’s Resolutions – filling in the blanks

Happy new year!

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I saw this little meme over at Just Flourishing (who saw it at Non-Society, and it’s originally from the Chicago Tribune ).

The author says:

"To help us pursue our better life, I’ve devised the following resolutions form. It’s based on the premise that the most successful resolutions are specific. Each entry asks for one, and only one, answer. If you accomplish all of these you will be entitled forevermore to let yourself be."

One thing I will learn: I want to learn Spanish. I also want to brush up on my Italian, German, and French.

One place I will go: I want to go to Hawaii (honeymoon?), Japan, or somewhere in the Caribbean. If I get to one of those places I’ll be very pleased.

One habit I will break: Snapping at people. Sometimes when I get very comfortable with someone (my family, Bobby, etc…) I get snappy when I’m annoyed. Have to work on this.

One habit I will cultivate: Patience.

One work habit I will change: Procrastination.

One thing I’ll eat more often: Healthy fried rice. I think this is my new favorite food.

One thing I’ll eat less: Meat.

One thing I’ll drink more: Kombucha.

One thing I’ll drink less: Diet soda in general.

One resentment I’ll get over: Yup yup, this one is secret.

One person I’ll treat more respectfully: Secret too. But I know exactly who this is.

One thing I’ll spend less money on: Things I don’t need/clutter/things that I buy just because they are on sale.

One thing I’ll spend less time doing: Ruminating.

And a thing I’ll spend more time doing: Hanging out with Bobby AND yoga.

One resolution I’ve made before but will honor this time because I really do believe that with a little effort life can be better: I know this one – but it’s personal! I hope it works.

What are YOURS?