Is it really possible to have a cookie recipe that doesn’t call for any sugar or butter but still produces cookies just as sweet and delicious as the ones you’re normally used to eating? Well, not only are these treats incredibly easy to make — even for moms that rarely bake — they’re nutritious and tons of fun for kids to get involved in making. The dates and bananas add a rich sweetness to every bite and the toasty oats give these cookies a crispy texture. And if you prefer bars to cookies, it’s easy to convert this recipe.
Little ones will love to help smash the bananas, toss the remaining ingredients into the mixing bowl, and try to eat as much of the dough as possible before it hit the cookie sheet. Since there are no eggs in this recipe, no need to worry about letting him chow down. After all, you only get to be a kid once, and eating cookie dough is part of the fun of baking!
P.S. You have to freeze a few of these. The kids go crazy for them right out of the freezer!
Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 3 bananas, preferrably ripe or spotty
- 2 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1 cup pitted and chopped dried dates
- 1/4 cup oil 1/
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips, walnuts or raisins
- 1/4 tsp kosher salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Mash bananas in a bowl, and mix in the remaining ingredients.
- Using a mini ice cream scoop or tablespoon, place the batter onto a Silpat or parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Bake for 25 minutes.
- To make into bars – place dough in a greased 7×11 dish, bake for 35-40 minutes then allow to cool. Cut into bars or squares.