I was making up a batch of my 5 Minute Versatile Cookies and thought I would share with you my banana hack!
Here is a video to show you what I mean:
I have had these bananas for quite a while… I think going on two weeks and they are perfect. I actually wished they were just a little riper because they would mash much easier when I make the cookies. 🙂
Anyhow, if anyone knows why this works, please share!
Have a great day! I have to go and take amazing cookies out of the oven now! They smell amazing.
I can’t wait to share this cookie recipe with you. It can be gluten free, is sugar free and dairy free! It is so healthy for you and the family!
And it is super versatile and can be prepared in under 5 minutes 🙂
Here is the easy peasy recipe.
2 Cups Oats (Gluten Free If Required)
2 Soft Bananas
The Add-Ins (you pick)
Yesterday when I made these, I added in cinnamon and blueberries but today’s additions were cinnamon, maple syrup and chopped up dates that had been soaked in a little warm water.
So here is what you do:
Prep your ingredients and have them laid out ready to use.
So now that you have the 2 ingredient base ready, we are ready for the add-ins 🙂
My add-ins today were about 5 dates chopped and soaked, about a tablespoon and a 1/2 of maple syrup and a teaspoon of cinnamon. Actually though I am guessing at those amounts, because it really doesn’t matter. Ha Ha… anything goes 🙂
Take a nice bowl and put the two bananas in it. I used this lovely stainless steel bowl that I got at the thrift store… one of my favs.
Mash the bananas. Add in whatever you want for spice and/or liquid or no liquid… works either way.
In this case I added in the cinnamon, maple syrup and the dates and mixed them all up with banana. Then I added my oats and mixed.
I greased a cookie sheet and used my hands to form the cookies and with Love I might add. 🙂
I made these ones more on the large size but you can make any size that you want. I can’t stress enough that when it comes to cooking, be creative, try things and don’t be afraid to change things up!
I then put them into a hot oven at 350 degrees. You cook them until they are brown on top or until they smell done. That is a real thing that my mother taught me and it is true. You can tell when something is done by the smell. 🙂
How Long to Bake?
I timed this batch and they were in for about 28 minutes. Now remember, depending on the size you make them, the time will vary. Just check them every so often and take them out when you think they look good enough to eat. 🙂
You can’t mess these up as you could even eat them raw so no worries.
Ideas for Add-Ins:
Chopped nuts, raisons, craisons, dried cranberries, dried fruit or berries of any kind, coconut, fresh or frozen fruit or berries, chopped apple, dates, maple syrup, honey, cinnamon, other yummy spices, etc. etc. etc. You get the idea. Anything goes and you cannot mess it up…. Oh I just thought of chocolate chips… yep that would be yummy… or how about pumpkin pie spice and pecans?
Nope, my mind never stops LOL
I hope you enJOY making these and I would love to hear what you come up with using this base of bananas and oats. And you can 1/2 this recipe, double it, triple it.. make a big batch and use a few different add-ins in the whole batch for a variety. We do this often in our family cause Dad likes certain things and Sivanna likes certain ingredients so it is easy to customize this recipe to everyone’s likes
Here are the cookies after them came out of the oven? Can you smell them? I can’t wait for the day when we can digitally share yummy smells. I am sure it is coming, but for now, this picture will have to do.
If you follow me at all when it comes to my nutritional beliefs you will know that I am a lover of fruit and becoming even more so.
I read an article yesterday talking about the body needing natural sugars and when it doesn’t get what it needs, it can cause cells to divide. You know what that means… Cancer! Now I am not going to go into any scientific references here because this is simply me talking about how much I believe in fruit to give us nourishment, nutrients and the natural sugars we need. I have written about this many times.
Today I wanted to share with you my fruit hack that is both pleasing to eat and better yet kid and hubby approved, which is why I now simply make a good sized pot of it later in the morning and leave it on the stove for that moment when my hungry daughter walks through the door after school and when hubby pops in the house sometime in the afternoon as he usually does. This of course, after I eat my delicious bowl of deliciousness. 🙂
Today’s ‘Fruit Soup’ as I call it has blueberries (always wild blueberries), chopped cantaloupe, a chopped apple from the neighbor’s apple tree, two mashed frozen bananas and some maple syrup. I do not have a daily recipe and anything goes. It is soup remember? lol and in soup anything that you have on hand works in this case. Today I threw in the maple syrup because I’m guessing that apple from the neighbor’s tree was a tad sour.
Throw everything together in a pot and simmer it down and then it’s done. It is just enJOY time then. And it is ALWAYS good. Everytime I eat it I feel my body saying “Wow this is amazing!”
Here are a few pics of the raw chopped start and then the simmered down result.
I hope you too start incorporating more of this life giving, life saving, body loving, nutritious, and delicious fruit into your daily diet.
Here are some links to more fruit advocacy posts if you want to dig deeper … Oh and one for my banana hack too. 🙂 That’s handy for sure. 🙂
Here is a banana hack you will want to know if you don’t already. So many people spend copious amounts of time prepping and freezing their bananas. Some people peel and chop them and put them into plastic ziploc type bags, others mash them and freeze them and I am sure there are numerous others ways.
But the easiest of easiest ways is fast, convenient and enviro friendly.
Just throw your ripe bananas (or not ripe) in your freezer. That’s it. When you are ready to use them, take them out of the freezer and allow to thaw for a bit and you are good to go. I usually pop mine in the microwave for about 30 seconds and then peel them and they are perfect.
They do not lose their color or flavor this way at all and the air does not get to them. I love bananas for having their own jacket or container… fast food to go … or pop in the freezer as they are.
I use frozen bananas in countless ways… in muffin recipes… banana bread… smoothies…. chopped fruit concoctions that I make on the stove so that they are warm and gooey… example: The banana you see in this picture was used today in a pan on the stove with blueberries and chopped cantaloupe cooked slowly till it was warm and delicious. Total nutrition there. My husband just popped home mid afternoon and had some for a snack and my daughter finished off what was left after school….. kid friendly to boot!
With most of us trying to eat healthier any hack helps. I hope you enJOYed this one today. 🙂