I’m almost thinking these banana nut oatmeal cookies could be eaten for breakfast!? When I cooked for Fulton Ranch back in the day, cookies were one of my favorite things to make. I could make up huge batches and the cowboys could just grab a handful and head outside. Even the cowboys who didn’t normally eat dessert, would grab themselves a cookie. A lot of times they had to go back and finish workin’ cattle so they didn’t always want to eat a heavy dessert after a big ol’ lunch. These days though, I just make cookies for us and gatherings.
These banana nut oatmeal cookies, as you can see, are actually quite healthy for you. This would even make a great introduction of ‘healthy’ to the kiddos. When they taste them (and love them), you can teach them about some of the ingredients, especially pointing out the rolled oats because a lot of kids don’t like oats or oatmeal! We have been trying to teach Truett more about healthy eating and letting him see what goes into his food before he eats it. He’s been very receptive of it all and is making healthier eating decisions. I realize a cookie is still a cookie but there’s nothing wrong with indulgence from time to time. I just love that he’s excited about seeing how ingredients work together.
What is your favorite healthy cookie?
- 1 ½ cup Flour
- 2 tsp Cinnamon
- 1 tsp Baking Soda
- ½ tsp Baking Powder
- ½ cup Butter, Melted
- ½ cup Brown Sugar
- ½ cup Sugar
- 1 cup Banana Puree, about 2 Bananas
- 2 cups Rolled Oats
- 1 cup chopped Almonds, (or any other nut you prefer)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees
- Grease cookie sheet and set aside.
- In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, baking soda and baking powder. Stir together for a few seconds, then set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine melted butter, brown sugar, sugar and banana puree. Mix on medium speed for 30 seconds to a minute.
- On low speed, slowly add the flour mixture ½ cup at a time. Increase speed to medium and mix for about a minute.
- With a large spoon, gradually stir in oats and almonds (or nut of your choice). Mix just until everything is incorporated.
- Spoon batter onto greased cookie sheet and flatten just a little bit with the back of the spoon. You can size these as you wish, just make sure to spread about ½-1 inch apart.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes. Let cookies cool on pan for a minute or two, then remove and let cool on a wire rack.