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Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

I was lucky enough to spend this past weekend at home with my family which, I must say, I do not get to do often enough and admittedly I had a jolly good time.
(Happy Mom? :))

I was also pleased because I was able to pick up a brand spankin’ new cookie sheet while out shopping at  The Christmas Tree Shop .

So upon my return to school, cookie sheet in hand, I knew there was only one thing left for me to do – bake! I scoured my kitchen for inspiration. What kind of cookies should I make?

*Zoom in on my basket of overripe bananas.*

Banana cookies????

WHY NOT?!

Banana bread has always been one of my favorites, so why not make it in cookie form? I looked through my pantry to see what else I could add to this already interesting sounding cookie. Oats, chocolate chips, walnuts – I was beginning to get excited!

I checked my handy little recipe book for my oatmeal raisin cookie recipe as a base, made some tweaks (as usual) to try and make it a little bit healthier, and Voila!

Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 c white sugar
  • 1/2 c brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 overripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  1. Preheat the oven to 400º.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the flours, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Set aside.
  3. In a separate large bowl, mash the two bananas with a fork.
    Mix in the egg, oil, applesauce, sugars, and vanilla.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the banana mixture. Gently fold in the oats, chocolate chips, and walnuts.
  5. For large cookies – drop tablespoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet
    For small cookies – drop teaspoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet
  6. Bake for 10 – 12 minutes, or until the edges are browned.

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November 12, 2009 at 12:39 pm Leave a comment

Kath inspired oatmeal

For those of you unfamiliar with Kath Eats Real Food, I suggest you change that. Kath Younger has been blogging (about food of course) since 2006. Her story is pretty inspirational, and she’s currently studying to become a registered dietitian.

For those of you unfamiliar with me, before my time spent here at Rowan,  I was studying to become a registered dietitian. I changed my path at the end of my third semester at Montclair State University, when I decided that not only did I want to be fluent in nutrition but that I wanted to express my love for food and nutrition in writing, which I’ve loved to do for as long as I can remember.

So that’s essentially where I am today. Although my fascination with nutrition has never escaped me, my focus today is also on finding affordable ways to enjoy healthy (and alright sometimes not-so-healthy but realllllyyy tasty) meals and sharing them with you in whatever which way I can.

Now, back to Kath. If you head over to her blog, you’ll notice that this young women has an obsession with oatmeal. This is totally cool in my book. Although it took me quite some time to grow a fondness for oatmeal, I’m finally able to appreciate not only the wonderful nutritional value, but its versatility. Kath helped.

Here is my Kath inspired oatmeal. I hope you like it as much as I did!

Pumpkin Cranberry Walnut Oatmeal

  • 1 cup water, nonfat milk, or a combination of the two
  • 1/2 cup plain, quick-cooking oats
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons pure pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 Splenda
  • 1 tablespoon sweetened, dried cranberries
  • 1 tablespoon chopped, toasted walnuts
  1. Begin by heating the water or milk in a small saucepan.
  2. When it begins to boil, stir in oats. Continue to stir, about five minute, until the liquid is absorbed and oats are desired consistency.
  3. Reduce the heat to low, mix in the pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, and Splenda.
  4. Pour into bowl, top with cranberries and walnuts.

1105091025a**I served mine with a steaming mug of Tazo Joy tea.**

November 9, 2009 at 5:31 pm 3 comments


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