Monday, September 14, 2015

Anything Cookies

These are probably the easiest cookies you will ever make. So easy a toddler can do it (or at least help). And to make it even better, they have minimal added sugar so you can eat them without feeling guilty - even for breakfast. It's basically oatmeal in cookie form.  

I call them Anything Cookies because you can put anything you want in them. I used walnuts and chocolate chips, but I've made them with honey and cinnamon, white chocolate and dried cranberries, and basically any other random items I can find in my pantry at the time that would possibly be good in an oatmeal cookie. Here is your moment to be creative.  

Measuring is also not an issue. Just throw it in. There are really only three important components: Very ripe bananas, oats, and an egg or two. So forget measuring and instead focus on order of importance.  

1. Bananas: Mash your bananas. However many bananas you have is the base for how big a batch you will make and how many cookies you will ultimately end up with. If I want to mash them fast and smooth, I usually use a hand mixer, but my sweet little nephew was asleep so I used a fork and it worked just fine. 

2. Eggs: If I am using about 1-3 bananas, I usually use one egg, and more than that and I might use 2. Use your judgment. You can do this 

3. Oats: Now that your base mixture of bananas and eggs are mixed, add enough oats to make a wet cookie consistency. It will pretty much look like oatmeal. Thick enough to stick together, and thin enough to stir. 

4. All that other yummy stuff you want to addFor this particular batch I used walnuts, mini chocolate chips, a drizzle of honey, and about a teaspoon of vanilla. By this point, my nephew had woken, so he helped me with this part. Although, he may have had more fun eating the chocolate chips than putting them in the cookies.  

5. BakeHow big you want your cookies also makes a difference in baking time. I used a soup spoon to measure out little balls and baked them at 350 for about 25 minutes. You know they're done when they start turning golden brown. Other than that, they look about the same coming out as they do going in. That's it! Easy Peasy. 

I would love to know how yours turn out!  
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