Banana oat cookies are probably one of the healthiest little sweet biscuits you could eat - but don't get too excited. They're delicious but don't expect them to hit the same spot as a cookie full of sugar and fat because admittedly, these cookies do not taste like your average cookie or biscuit, but they do have some sweetness to them.
The more ripe your bananas are the sweeter your cookies will be
First break up your bananas into small pieces
Next you need to puree the banana.
You can do this by mashing, blending with an electric blender, or if you're a glutton for punishment try rubbing it through a seive
At this stage you can also blend in other flavours in the form of soft fruits, natural essences, sweet spices or cocoa powder,
you can then stir in nuts, raisins, seeds, grated apple etc, but not too many or the biscuits will fall apart
Add approximately 150g porridge oats per banana and mix well.
An ice cream scoop is a useful tool for making the cookies but not essential
Use parchment paper on your baking tray to prevent sticking
Each cookie will need to be flattened - this is easiest done in the palm of your hand
You can make them much more appealing by adding berries - preferably frozen berries. My favourite berries to add are raspberries or cherries, but I usually end up eating as many as I use (have you ever eaten a frozen raspberry? They're sooo delicious)
Pressing the berry into the centre will make the cookie crack so you will have to pull it all together again
So I managed to get 12 cherry banana cookies with 2 bananas, 300g porridge oats and 12 cherries.
Bake the cookies in a medium oven intil they satrt to brown at the edges.
The more they're cooked the longer they will last. I find they are best stored in the fridge or even the freezer because, being slightly moist, they can easily form mould within a couple of days, especially if the weather is warm
By adding extra oats to the mix and crumbling it onto parchment paper and baking until crisp you can make a granola mix. But be warned - the batch I made - delicious as it was (especially with the addition of pumpkin seeds) it was really quite hard and chewy and needed good strong teeth the eat it
You can also spread out the mix into a shallow tin as a tray bake - then cut it into fingers while it is still warm
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