Cookies! Take one!

Several attempts to make the perfect cookie have been underway… and there are even more attempts to be made. However, through experimentation and putting twists and turns on the original chocolate chip cookie recipe, I have made progress.

1) First attempt: I used traditional ingredients but replaced one of the sticks of butter with a banana. They were pretty good.

2) Second attempt: I took half the flour out and replacing it with oatmeal. Used 1 banana, half the butter. Sweet but even better!

3) Third attempt… Completely omitted the butter, and replaced it with canola oil, kept the banana, cut the sugar, added maple sugar, and stuck with the oatmeal! I call it the Banana’s Foster Oatmeal cookies! (What is banana’s foster?)

Banana’s Foster Oatmeal cookies Recipe:

1 cup whole wheat flour

1 1/2 cup oatmeal (instant is fine)

2 whole eggs (or 2 egg whites)

1/4 cup canola oil (or 1/2 stick of butter for richer flavor)

1-2 medium bananas

1/4 cup maple syrup

1/4 cup sugar (your preference, white or brown. Remember to use 1/8 if using artificial sweetener)

1 tsp vanilla

1 Tbsp cinnamon

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

* I would recommend adding 1 cup of chopped nuts (walnuts preferably for added texture).

* You could also add in a bag of Nestle chocolate chips!

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F.

Mix sugar, syrup, bananas, eggs, vanilla and cinnamon.

Mix separately: Flour, oats, baking powder, salt

Combine ingredients.  Add in nuts and chocolate if you would like to add them.

*This batter has a slightly higher liquid content due to a higher amount of liquid ingredients, it does not have the same viscosity as your typical cookie dough. But they should still bake great!

Dough should be placed on the cookies sheet 2″ x 2″ diameter, about 12 per sheet.

Bake for 10 – 15 minutes until edges are golden brown.

Makes about 2 dozen cookies.

Texture should be soft and chewy like! Enjoy!

Having a holiday get together? * Pair it with a chilled glass of Caramel Baileys mixed with spiced rum OR just a big old glass of  milk? and your good to go! Buon appetito!

Nutrient content: (1 carbohydrate exchange per cookie)

The nutrition content does not include the nuts or chocolate:

2 Dozen: Kcals Carbs Total Fat Sat Fat Protein Sodium Potassium Fiber Iron Calcium
Per cookie: 89 14 g 3.2 g <1 2 g 124 mg 86 mg 1.5 g 1 mg 25 mg

Stay tune for the next attempt! Even lower in fat, sugar and kcals – and still tastes good, so go ahead and take one!



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