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 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".