Friday, January 30, 2009

Banana Oatmeal Cookies (Crystal)

1 cup all purpose flour (half whole wheat/white works too)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp butter, very soft
1/2cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup mashed banana (1 small/medium)
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups oats
3/4 cups raisins (or chocolate chips if you want to be bad!)

These are easy to put together and, because the recipe is both low-fat and fairly small, you don't have to have any guilt about keeping them around the house. They'll stay fresh for several days when stored in an air-tight container. I just made a batch for my cousin who had her baby 2/29 to have around for a healthy snack (and possibly boost her milk supply!)

Preheat oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and the sugars. Beat in egg and banana, followed by the vanilla extract. Gradually, on low speed or by hand, add in the flour mixture. Stir in the oats (either whole rolled oats or "quick cooking") and raisins/chocolate chips. Drop dough by tablespoonfuls onto prepared baking sheet. Bake for 11-14 minutes at 350F, until set and lightly browned. Let cookies cool for about 5 minutes on the pan before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely. Makes 2 dozen cookies.

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