I don’t think that I need to mention yet again that I am not a baker. Cooking? Fine. However, baking will just never be in the cards for me. I think it’s the same as some people having a green thumb and others not being able to keep an air plant alive. Baking is my air plant. So, imagine my delight when I came across this pin, originally posted by The Burlap Bag– three entire ingredients and you have a cookie? For realsies?
OK, first step- gather your ingredients, THREE of them- bananas, quick oats and chocolate chips. Check! Measure the oats into a bowl. Check! Mash bananas and mix with oats and chocolate chips. Check! Into the oven these guys went and I patiently waited 15 minutes to see if I’d have cookies magically bake from this mixture. So……..did I?
Sort of. I wouldn’t exactly call these cookies but they were delicious! The texture was more like a soft, homemade protein bar (or what I think they would be like if I knew how to cook those) and since I made them just after Baby Pinspired ate breakfast, I enjoyed these for my breakfast. They are a great healthy snack and yes, you can indulge in chocolate chips here and there and still maintain a healthy diet. Says me, at least. I followed the recipe and ended up with about 8 fairly large “cookies.” Admittedly, I had two for breakfast and then put the others in the refrigerator for later. The edges of some of the oats were pretty crisp when they first came out of the oven but after a few hours in the fridge, they softened. These treats were a great snack to have on hand and with bananas and oats, they kept me filled up for way longer than I expected. Great for an on-the-go snack when you’re in a hurry!
I enjoyed these “cookies” so much that I actually make them all the time now. They are quick and super-easy. Baby Pinspired also LOVES them- I just omit the chocolate chips for him and make them a tad smaller. If you are going to give them to babies to snack on, keep in mind that the crisp oats may be hard for little eaters to swallow. I just pinch off the crispy ones, when they come straight from the oven, but this actually isn’t a problem after they have been refrigerated for a few hours. While I haven’t added anything else into these cookies yet, I think they are a great base for a variety of ingredients- currently, I’m thinking about adding fresh blueberries instead of chocolate chips but I also think that nuts (chopped walnuts sound tasty but really any kind) or dried cranberries would also taste great.
Oh, one tip- instead of greasing my baking sheet, I baked these on parchment paper. SUPER-easy clean up! Think you’ll try these out? I’d love to know what you think about these “cookies!”