The other day I was left with quite a few icky, overripe bananas. So in the spirit of waste not want not I turned to the internet for some banana recipes, I know that overripe bananas are supposed to be the best for cooking/baking with so I was hoping to find something tempting that would also magically fit with the random contents of my cupboards.
Firstly I came across Buzzfeed’s ’17 Delicious Ways To Use Up Old Bananas’ – this proved to an absolute treasure trove of nommy nana recipe inspiration! Do take a look – there’s everything from classic banana bread to cheesecake, smoothies and cakes.
However I was rather limited by my slightly bare cupboards but this recipe for cookies (well, to me they were more like flapjacks) was a perfect fit! Essentially mixing mushed bananas, oats, raisins with a tiny bit of butter, sugar and cinnamon. I also added honey.
2 large overripe bananas
1 cup quick oats
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon sugar
pinch of salt
1/4 teaspoon butter
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup raisins
butter or oil to grease two cookie sheets
– I added honey to the mixture too!
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Mash bananas with oats, cinnamon, sugar, salt, and butter.
3. Mix in walnuts and raisins.
4. Drop a tablespoon of banana-oatmeal mixture on a greased cookie sheet and then flatten with the back of a spoon. (Skip flattening if you like soft cookies). To make 16 flat cookies, you’ll need two cookie sheets.
5. Bake 35 minutes.
6. Flip cookies.
7. Bake an addition 10 more minutes.
My cookies were still quite moist and more like a flapjack in consistency but enjoyable and pretty healthy too – here’s a look at the results…
I’d recommend this recipe – super quick and easy to prepare, pretty healthy and very satisfying.