Monday, May 16, 2011

Banana Oat Cookies

I had several banana's that were turning a yucky brown color, I was almost going to throw them out. Then I found this recipe, and I thought it would be wonderful! I needed a treat for my kids lunches, and I wanted something that was healthier than store bought cookies, and not chocolate chip, as I didn't have any of those. This was perfect!

My two younger children helped making them. They really enjoyed sifting the flour, mashing the banana's and adding the oats to the mixture. It was fun having them help.

1 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
3/4 cup shortening
1 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 cup mashed potatoes
1 3/4 cup quick cooking oats
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 400F (200C)
In a separate medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon.
Cream together the shortening and sugar, beat until light and fluffy (about 3 to 5 minutes) scraping sides. Add egg, banana, oatmeal and nuts (optional). Mix well.
Add dry ingredients, mix well and drop by the teaspoon on ungreased cookie sheet

Bake at 400F for 10-15 minutes (depending on your oven) check after 9 minutes to add further time.

Cool on wire rack, store in closed container.

SO YUMMY, they are soft and moist. They taste like banana bread. but in the convenience of a cookie.

I added slivered honey roasted almonds.

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