The holiday season is upon us and there are sweets everywhere, tempting us at all hours. While I occasionally indulge in cookies or a slice of pie for breakfast, I try to keep things healthier when the kids are around, much to their chagrin.
So I was curious about these supposedly delicious healthy cookies, made from nothing but oats and bananas. Would they be as shockingly tasty as the 1-ingredient banana “ice cream,” or just another internet lie?
The good news: it’s true, these cookies are quick and easy to make, have only 2 ingredients, and are so healthy that I even let the kids eat them for breakfast.
The bad news: they’re kind of terrible.
The internet describes them as “delicious,” “amazing,” and “tasty!” M. describes them as “bad,” “disappointing,” and “awful.” It’s largely a texture issue: they look like cookies, but really they’re more like slightly tough, aggressively healthy oatmeal scones.
But that doesn’t matter, because the kids love them. They don’t know that they’re healthy; they’re just happy to be making and eating cookies.
And I’ve grown to like them, particularly with the addition of a handful of nuts and some extra baking time so they get crispier. Since they’re just oatmeal and bananas, I’ve been making them for breakfast once or twice a week and feeling virtuous.
These cookies are fun and easy for little bakers to make, and since there’s no eggs, they can feel free to lick the bowl, spoons, and their hands.
- 1 banana
- 1 cup uncooked oatmeal
- Have a grownup preheat the oven to 350°
- Grease a cookie sheet (smear a little butter or oil on it) so the cookies don't stick.
- Peel the banana, put it in a big bowl, and smash it into goo. You can use a fork, potato masher, or your hands.
- If you want, add some chopped nuts, a sprinkle of cinnamon, dried fruit, chocolate chips, or whatever else you think would taste good.
- Have a grownup put 1 cup of dry oatmeal into a blender or food processor and put the lid on tight. Push the button and whirl the oats for about a minute, until they're mostly ground up. (Or just use whole "quick" or "baby" oats.)
- Stir the oats into the banana and mix it all up.
- Plop handfuls of dough onto a greased cookie sheet. Pat them gently to flatten them out, so they look cookie-shaped.
- Ask your grownup to put the pan into the oven and set the timer for 8 minutes.
- When the timer goes off, have your grownup check and see if the edges of the cookies are crispy yet. If they aren't, cook them another couple minutes.
- Let them cool off a little bit, and eat them all up!
- Remind your grownup that Auntie Claire says they're healthy, so you can have them for breakfast.