Friday, March 23, 2012

Banana Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

Lately I've had quite the peanut butter and oats obsession.  And not necessarily together, just anything peanut butter and anything that has oats in it!  But, of course, together is excellent.  I stumbled across these on Pinterest (well, where else?) and adapted it to the ingredients that I had in my pantry.  I am in love.  Not only are these super simple but they are definitely way healthier than any other cookie I make.  Or anything I make for that matter.  Bananas, yum.  Peanut butter, yum.  Chocoloate chips?  Double yum.  No eggs or sugar...see?  Healthy!  Yay!  Thanks Lux Hippie for the inspiration! 

Makes about 2 1/2 dozen

Banana Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

3 ripe bananas, mashed
4 tablespoons maple syrup
1 cup peanut butter
1 tablespoon vanilla
2 cups oats
1/2 cup flour 
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Using a stand mixer (or hand mixer) combine the bananas, maple syrup, peanut butter and vanilla until creamy.  In a separate bowl combine the oats, flour, baking powder and salt.  Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix until combined.  Fold in the chocolate chips.  

Using a small cookie scoop, drop dough onto a greased cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes.  These don't spread, so you can put them pretty close on your baking sheet. 

(Source:  Adapted from Lux Hippie)

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