Thursday, January 2, 2014

Nutella Banana Cookies


I go through those "healthy eating" streaks, especially after the first of the year. I'm determined to eat better so I start buying bunches of fruits and veggies. To be honest, I'm not a huge veggie lover, but I'm trying. I mean, I'm 40 years old now, I shouldn't be scared of broccoli. I know this. 

I love all fruits though. Except for grapefruit. And starfruit. And cantaloupe. Okay, so maybe I don't love ALL fruits. 

Bananas are at the top of my 'like' list.  I buy lots and I eat them, but I still have some that sit around and get overripe. Instead of baking banana bread all the time, I wanted to make something different and when I saw this recipe on Chef in Training, I immediately knew where those overripe bananas were going to go.

I thought these cookies were really good. The cookie is kinda like a banana bread cookie and the nutella adds a nice sweet touch since these cookies aren't too overly sweet. I kinda felt healthy eating them too, you know, because of the bananas and the oats.  ;)


Nutella Banana Cookies
Recipe from Chef in Training

1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup shortening
2 large mashed ripe bananas
1 egg
1 3/4 cups oats
1/4 cup Nutella, or other Hazelnut spread


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt and stir until incorporated. Next, cut in the shortening with a fork or a pastry blender.  Beat in the mashed bananas and the egg. Stir in the oats.

Now, gently work the nutella into the batter with a knife, using slicing motions. Do not over mix or you won't get the 'marbled' look.

Then, spoon "drops" onto a greased or Sil-pat lined cookie sheet and bake about 8-10 minutes. 

This recipe made about 2 dozen cookies for me. I used a tablespoon to make the "drops".

2 comments:

  1. These babies are calling my name! Something magical about chocolate and banana. Tip: You could also peel and freeze overripe bananas...they are fantastic in smoothies!

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  2. These cookies look delicious! And you are so right - the banana and the oats make them totally healthy! So glad I found your blog :)

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