The basic recipe:
- 3 cups of oats
- 2 large or 3 small ripe bananas
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup of water
- 1 tsp of cinnamon
Mash bananas in a large mixing bowl. Measure the oats into your blender. Pulse for a few seconds until they are mostly ground, but still some large pieces. Add oats, cinnamon and 1/4 c. of water to the bananas. Mix, and if you need to, add the other 1/4 c. of water so that you can mix all the ingredients. The dough should be thick. Your spoon should just about stand up in it. The ripe bananas make the cookies sweet, but if they are not ripe enough, you can add a tablespoon of brown sugar or honey.
Now you can get creative and add your own favorite treats to the cookies.
We like to add:
- dried fruit (apricot or dried cranberries are our favorite!)
- sunflower seeds
- mini chocolate chips
Preheat your oven now to 350 degrees and let the dough sit for 20 minutes so the oats can absorb the water. We like to prepare our cookie sheet with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray. Spoon the cookie dough onto the cookie sheet and press down with the back of your spoon until they are about a half an inch thick. They can be any size you would like. Smaller ones are great for treats and larger ones make great breakfast bars. They don't rise, so you can put them very close together on the cookie sheet. Cook the cookies for 20 minutes.