Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Apparently I’ve been a bit obsessed with bananas, oatmeal and chocolate as of late. Oh well, guess I’ll just give in to it!

Growing up, my friend Megan and I would always beg her Mom to make us her signature cookies, Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip. Oh.mah.gah. Delicious. Almost muffiny in texture, they’re moist but with a good crumb and are just so darn good! As I was preparing to make Ross’s weekly treat (yes, I do that for him – such a kind fiancee) I decided I was going to make this childhood favorite with a few healthier modifications.

Not going to lie, the healthier version is probably just about as good as the original. Woot! I subbed whole wheat flour in, cut the amount of sugar, and used apple sauce and butter instead of shortening.  Another added bonus – they double as breakfast! Why not have cookies for breakfast? You know you want to…

Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients
1-1/2 cups whole wheat flour (original called for AP flour)
1-3/4 cups oatmeal
3 mashed bananas
1/2 cup un-sweetened apple sauce
1/4 cup softened butter (original called for 3/4 cup shortening and no apple sauce)
1 egg
2/3 cup sugar (original: 1 cup)
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
2/3 cup chocolate chips (original called for 1/2 cup – oops)

1.) Pre-heat the oven to 375*
2.) Combine the mashed bananas, apple sauce, butter, sugar, egg, and apple sauce.
3.) In another bowl combine the flour, salt, baking soda and spices. Combine that with the wet mixture.
4.) Once mixed, add the oatmeal, then the chocolate chips.
5.) Line a cookie sheet with a silpat or parchment paper. Spoon tablespoon sized dollops of the dough, evenly spaced by about 1-inch, on to the sheet.
6.) Bake for 10-13 minutes or until they are solid and lightly golden.

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Salt = sodium = bad. Sweet = calories = bad. Well, isn't that just a bleak outlook. I firmly believe that without salt and without sweet we all just live in a world of lettuce. Plain lettuce. Fun? No. This blog is about life. Namely, my life. But, not that specific. I myself am simply not that interesting. I live an ordinary life, work an ordinary job and do ordinary things. But... life is all about experiencing that feeling you get when you really, really like something. If you don't feel a little warm in your heart when you walk into a farmer's market or try on a piece of beautiful clothing that fits you perfectly (that just so happens to be a great deal!) then you should probably keep on a' movin' from my little plot of internet. Sweeter salt is my metaphor for the good things in life, sprinkled over everything in moderation. Banana? Kinda boring. Banana smoothie - yum! White tank top? Yawn. Statement necklace layered over said tank - now we're talking! I live in Portland, Maine. I love cooking, eating out, riding my bike and approachable fashion. This blog does not chronicle my every waking moment. This is because you will probably not be entertained by the 10th day in a row that I eat the exact same salad for lunch. It does chronicle a healthy, active, fun-filled, colorful lifestyle, in Portland and beyond. It also covers dogs. Cute ones mostly.
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8 Responses to Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

  1. Sues says:

    I love any kind of oatmeal cookies, but add in some banana and I’m in heaven! I love the apple sauce addition too!

  2. fore front says:

    can you bake some for us?

  3. bonnie mcnutt says:

    Glad to hear I have a signature recipe. I will have to try your modifications. Megan’s mother

  4. margaret says:

    Laura, I hope Bonnie, Megan’s momma, makes those for me. Remember Hannah winer? I’m her mother! Good luck blogging!

    • sweetersalt says:

      Hi Margaret! Of course I remember you and Hannah! I hope all is well with you guys. You should definitely make Bonnie make these cookies for you, they’re a classic!

      Laura

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