Monday, February 18, 2013

2 Ingredient Banana Cookies

I've seen a bunch of recipes for 2-ingredient banana cookies on the web recently, and decided to see what all the hype was about. Well technically, I made three ingredient cookies. Ooops.

get your ingredients ready - seriously, that's it
Banana Oatmeal Cookies
2 ripe bananas
1 cup of oats
Handful of the mix-in of your choice (optional)

Get the steps after the jump

Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. Mash the bananas in a medium bowl, leaving some chunks.

getting mashed
Next add your oats and mix well. If the mixture is too loose, add another tablespoon or so of oats. It really depends on the size and ripeness of your bananas.

If you want, add in about a handful of your desired mix-in. Some ideas would be mini chocolate chips, coconut (probably less than a handful), chopped nuts, raisins, or even play around with about a teaspoon of cinnamon or nutmeg. Be careful not to add too much of anything, as the mixture may not hold together. I had mini chocolate chips, so added them in and stirred it up again. Then get your trusty scooper of choice and get ready to scoop.

love my OXO cookie scoop
I went with my cookie scoop since I love it so much, but honestly a regular spoon from your silverware drawer would be perfect. These are very forgiving.

ready for the oven
Make sure you grease your pan, or line it with parchment before you start scooping. I'm lazy, so I went with parchment because cleanup is a breeze. Plus, using parchment paper makes me feel sophisticated.

clean up couldn't be easier -- please ignore the condition of my well-loved pans
(I may need to try one of those great Pinterest posts about cleaning your pans with peroxide...)

Anyway, after 15 minutes they should be done. I wasn't sure what to expect, so I just did 15 minutes. If I make these again, I would probably let them go an additional 2 minutes, or until they are just slightly browned/golden.

aren't we pretty?

Move them to a cooling rack, or not... they aren't delicate cookies at all, so just go with your gut here. My cookies really didn't spread at all, so perhaps I added too much oats. But honestly, I don't think it really matters with a recipe like this. The cookies were soft and moist, and I only ate three for QC. About 30 minutes later, I ate three more to see if there was a big difference after they had cooled... you know, for more QC (yes, they stay together a bit better when you bite into one). So I ate six cookies in all, but I didn't feel too bad since really it was just one banana, half a cup of oats, and about 2 tbs. of mini chocolate chips. My husband had the rest for breakfast this morning.

Makes 12 cookies.

I could easily see this becoming a go-to quick snack when we are craving something sweet and don't want to mess around with a "real" cookie recipe.

Have fun with different variations, and please share your results in the comments.

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