When I visit my mom we like to experiment in the kitchen. And of course I love the luxury of working in a real kitchen that can fit more than one person! She has counter space galore, every pan and kitchen gadget you could ever wish for, and a pantry filled with gluten-free baking ingredients. In a nutshell, I have kitchen envy.
My mom does the typical preparations for my arrival. She prepares my room, stocks the fridge with fruits and veggies, and prints out a stack of recipes that she’s been waiting to try. Mom lives with a hardcore carnivore, so my visits provide the perfect opportunities to experiment with vegan and vegetarian recipes.
Yesterday, we played with a cookie recipe that really only has two ingredients – bananas and rolled oats. It’s so simple that I could even make this in my itty bitty city kitchen! Mom found the original recipe from Camila’s site Power Hungry, and all we had to do was decide on our add ins. We loved the results so I thought I’d share.
We opted for a chai flavor, so first we made a chai mix.
Then mash up 4 bananas and stir in 2 cups of gluten-free rolled oats. Let the dough sit for about 5 minutes to allow the oats to soften. Then add sea salt, the chai spices, and Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips. Chocolate is a non-negotiable add in for me. Always.
Scoop the dough in heaping tablespoons on a non-stick pan or a pan lined with parchment. My mom has these pans that I’m totally in love with so no parchment was needed.
Bake for 15 minutes and you have the most delicious cookies!
These cookies are so healthy that you can eat them for breakfast or for a mid-afternoon snack. You’d eat oatmeal and bananas for breakfast, right? But they’re sweet enough to make you think you’ve had a dessert.
Banana Chai Chocolate Chip Cookies
adapted from Power Hungry
1/2 c. Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips
1/4 tsp. sea salt
1. Preheat oven to 350ºF and line cookie sheet with parchment.
2. Mash 4 bananas until liquified. We used an immersion blender (jealous) to make it super smooth.
3. Stir in 2 cups of rolled oats and let sit for 5 minutes.
4. In a small bowl, combine Chai Mix spices.
5. Stir Chai Mix spices, sea salt, and chocolate chips into the banana and oats mixture.
6. Drop dough by heaping tablespoons onto cookie sheets. (Or use a cookie scoop – more jealousy – to make them uniform.)
7. Bake for 15 minutes or until slightly brown around the edges.
8. Place on cooling racks and enjoy either warm or cooled.
Yields 2 dozen cookies
Check out Power Hungry to see all sorts of creative ideas for add ins.
- What’s your favorite cookie add in?
- What do you love doing with your mom?
- What’s one thing you wish you had in your kitchen?