Banana & Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

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I’ve always had a soft spot for bananas. I could eat lots and lots of them, but they have to be slightly green for me to eat. I know, quirky eating habits. I had some bananas that were ripening fast, so I knew I had to use them up quick before fruit flies infested the house. I wasn’t quite feeling like making the normal banana bread or muffins or the sort, and I wanted something quick and simple. I was in the mood for cookies, so I figured I would use up the bananas to make cookies. I also was feeling quite lazy, so I wanted to make it as simple as possible… well these turned out to be delicious

Peanut butter is banana’s best friend — well, in my eyes anyway.  Growing up, I always ate peanut butter sandwiches. It was the ONLY thing I ate successfully. Couldn’t even eat restaurant food or cooked food, so my mom would save the trouble and bring a peanut butter sandwich. Clearly, I was a picky eater!

Obviously, I had to use peanut butter in these cookies! This was such an awesome and quick cookie recipe to make, and it’s vegan, gluten-free (provided you use certified GF oats and baking powder), and sugar-free, only relying on the sweetness of the bananas.

Ingredients
Makes about 15 cookies

  • 3 bananas, ripened
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 cups gluten-free oats
  • tapioca starch or oat flour (~1 tbsp)
  • optional add-ins: chocolate chips

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Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a large baking sheet. In a small bowl, stir together the baking powder, salt, and oats and set aside. In a large bowl, mash the bananas together and whisk in the peanut butter, cinnamon, and vanilla. Add the oat mixture and stir until it comes together.

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If the mixture seems a bit wet, add a bit of tapioca starch or oat flour. Use a tablespoon of the mixture to make the cookies on the baking sheet. Place in oven and let bake for 12-15 minutes until done! Simple 🙂

Note: I added chocolate chips to mine — they were delicious!

 

What are your quirky eating habits or what was your childhood meal of choice?

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