Weekend Baking – Banana Cookies

I spent a fair amount of time baking this last weekend.  It was
pretty rainy here, which isn’t something that happens often, and that
is a great time to warm up the house with the smell of something good
coming from the oven.

I had some overripe bananas, so I decided
to look for a new recipe, short of the yummy banana bread, that I could
make.  I found this really tasty recipe for Banana Cookies!

banana cookies

The recipe is from a cookbook called “Wholehearted Cooking” by Terry Joyce Blonder.  Here’s the recipe:

1/2 c honey                                      1 tsp baking powder
1/2 c brown sugar                            1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/4 c. vegetable oil                          1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 egg (I used egg substitute)             1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1 c mashed bananas                          1/4 tsp ground cloves
1 c whole-wheat flour (pastry flour)    1 c rolled oats
1 c unbleached flour                           1/2 c chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)

1.  Preheat over to 375 degrees
2.  Beat together honey, sugar, oil, egg and banana
3.  Sift together the flours, baking powder, salt & spices.  Sitr in the oat and nuts.
4.  Pour the wet mixture into the dry.  Stir with a rubber spatula until the batter is evenly moist but still lumpy.
5.  Drop the batter by large tablespoonfuls onto the baking sheets.  Don’t crowd the cookies because they will spread a little.
6.  Bake for about 25 minutes, until firm and golden.

Makes about 2 dozen.  Very good, a new family favorite!

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