Wednesday, April 23, 2014

EASY PEASY: 5 ingredient Oatmeal Cookies (CChip or Thumbprint!)

These two cookies were SUPER easy to make and delicious.  Less ingredients makes me happy.

A. Everyone I've ever met loves a chocolate chip cookie.
B. Who doesn't love a nice glowing jam center in the middle of a thumbprint?

THE MEAT EATER and both kids preferred the thumbprints over the chocolate chip.

I guess sometime you just need a break from the expected, right?

 EAST PEASY: PB&J Oatmeal Banana Cookies (or Chocolate Chip!)

base cookie:
4 medium ripe bananas, mashed
2 cup of uncooked quick oats*
4 tbsp chunk peanut butter (I like the texture)
2 tbsp almond butter
1/2 cup Brown Rice Syrup

Add ins:
4 teaspoons reduced sugar fruit jelly or preserves (i used Polaner)
1/2 cup chocolate chips

General Directions:
Preheat oven to 350°F.  Spray a non-stick cookie sheet with cooking spray ( i always use coconut oil) or use parchment paper.

Mash bananas either by hand or in a mixer. I used a mixer because i have bad wrists...
Add your butters and syrup and combine. Mix in Oats and make sure everything is evenly combined.

For Thumbprints:
drop a tbsp sized clump of the mixture onto pan . After you've gone through all the dough, go back and shape into flattish circles AND use a wet finger to make a small well in the center. Drop 1/8 tsp of fruit into each. Bake as directed.

For Chocolate Chips Cookies:
Add chocolate chips into mixture. Drop 1 tbsp dollops onto pan and flatten a bit with a slightly wet finger or fork. Bake as directed.

Note: Next time I might cook them longer since I like things more crisp, but these were just chewy and lovely.