This week has been my first week working from home, so I have been trying to adjust to a new routine. Funemployment brought out my lazy, indulgent side; whipping myself back into shape has proven a painful process.
I’ll share a glimpse of working from home soon, and discuss my frustrations with modern life in the digital age and the challenge of setting realistic expectations. All in due time, my friends.
Today we will talk about cookies. Cookies make everything better. These cookies are extraordinary for two reasons:
- They are crazy delicious.
- They are significantly healthier than the average chocolate chip cookie. They are significantly less unhealthy than most chocolate chip cookies.
Let’s call them reasonably healthycookies. Why?
- They are 100% whole grain, made with whole wheat pastry flour and old fashioned oats. Do we need to discuss the benefits of fiber?
- Make them with dark chocolate chips, and you’ve incorporated some antioxidants.
- Banana. Cinnamon. Yum.
The recipe is a combination of Gina’s recipes for Low Fat Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies, which uses applesauce in place of most of the butter, and Chewy Low Fat Banana Nut Oatmeal Cookies, which calls for mashed banana instead of applesauce. I thought, wouldn’t banana taste great in chocolate chip cookies? And can I trade all-purpose flour for wheat? Success!
- 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
- 2 cups oats (the original recipe called for quick oats, but I used old fashioned oats with great results)
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
- ½ cup turbinado/raw sugar (or regular sugar)
- ½ cup unpacked Muscavado sugar or brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- ⅓ cup mashed banana, which is a almost one whole banana, OR same amount of unsweetened apple sauce (see footnote)
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- ¾ cup dark chocolate chips (Ghirardelli 60% cacao chips are my favorite!), OR walnuts, if you’re into that.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
- In a large bowl, cream together the butter and the sugars. I used an old-fashioned egg-beater but if you’re lucky enough to have an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar on medium speed.
- Add the egg, followed by the mashed banana and vanilla extract.
- Working by hand, stir in the flour mixture and the oats until just combined.
- Stir in the chocolate chips.
- Drop heaping spoonfuls onto baking sheets, flattening each cookie slightly. Bake for about 10-12 minutes, or until cookies become light brown at the edges. Do not overbake these cookies!
- Let cool on baking sheet for 3 or 4 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Yields about 30 cookies (roughly 1 tbsp each).
- Note on apple sauce, added 5/20/11: I just tried these cookies with apple sauce instead of mashed banana. While they are tasty, they seem a little more like reduced fat cookies. The banana cookies have a fluffier texture, with a higher rise and softer insides. Final verdict? I’m sticking with banana.