I made these cookies two days ago when I got that late night urge for a whole-wheat sweet (ooh! a rhyme!). The next day we were back on the road headed to Long Island, and I packed all the leftover cookies–and they were perfect energizers for the second half of the trip. I promised my sister Kristen that I would post the recipe for her, and since I had some browning bananas to use up, I doubled the recipe and froze half of them for next week.
It has been a gray, rainy day, and these cookies perfectly fit the mood. I wasn’t sure what to call them, because there are so many delicious ingredients that I wanted to highlight–but I thought that “Banana Walnut Cinnamon Raisin Oatmeal Maple Whole Wheat Cookies” was a bit too much…so I settled on the most important players.
Banana Nut Oatmeal Cookies (adapted from this recipe)
- 1 C old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1 C whole wheat flour
- 1/2 T ground chia or flaxseed
- 1/2 t baking soda
- 1/2 t baking powder
- 1/2 t salt
- 1 t cinnamon
- 1/4 C raisins or craisins
- 1/2 C to 1 C walnuts (I was heavy-handed with the nuts)
- 1 banana, roughly mashed
- 1 egg
- 1/2 C maple syrup (I used 1/2 C Indian or maple sugar, and mixed in 1/8 C water)
- 1/2 t vanilla
- 1/2 t lemon juice
Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees. Toast the walnuts for six to eight minutes, and cool.
In your mixer, mix all the dry ingredients (flour, oats, salt, soda, powder, cinnamon, chia). Add the wet ingredients (syrup, eggs, vanilla, lemon) and mix just until it forms a ball. Add the banana, raisins, and walnuts, and blend in. I mixed until everything was combined–I loved finding chunks of banana in the cookies, so don’t overmix.
Line a baking sheet with parchment and space the dough close together–the cookies don’t spread out much, so you can cram ’em all in there. Press down the dough a little, and place in the oven in the middle rack for about 10 minutes, or until golden on the bottom.
Cool on the sheets for a few minutes, then place on a cooling rack. Since I doubled the recipe, I froze half of them in freezer bags for later–but it wont be too much later, since Fritz just got home from class and ate four already.
These cookies are just too darn good.
I wanted to call them “energy bites” because they really are energizing little crunch bites, but I was afraid that would make me forget they are cookies and think that I could eat more than two at a time. Don’t want that!
Fritz and I are headed off to the gym in a few minutes–I am taking a Total Body Conditioning class, and then either doing some cardio afterwards or going to my old Hatha yoga class–not sure which one I’m in the mood for, but I’m leaning towards cardio. Might be all those cookies I ate today…