Yes, I said raisin.
I tease him about this mercilessly. He tells me raisins are what all the cool kids are doing these days. I tell him I've always been a nerd.
A nerd who prefers chocolate and peanut butter and pecans in her cookies.
But who am I to question a person's cookie preference? Desserts are such a personal thing. And if everyone in the office loved chocolate, the treat-to-person ratio would be far smaller when someone brings a plate full of cupcakes in for sampling.
So, I'll give my intern a pass on the whole Oatmeal Raisin Cookie thing. I promised I would make him a batch before he graduates next month. In the meantime, I'm taking baby steps by starting with Banana-Oatmeal-Chocolate Cookies.
Did I mention they're vegan?
Vegan-licious, that is. They're moist and tasty and full of banana + milk chocolate flavor (Note: for truly vegan cookies, you'll need to use vegan chocolate, as opposed to milk chocolate. I was willing to sacrifice their full vegan nature in the name of milk chocolate). Adam says, "They're great. But they taste too healthy to be a cookie."
That's my guy. Looks like I just found an excuse to make brownies this weekend :)
Chocolate Banana-Oat Cookies
(recipe adapted from Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar)
I definitely wouldn't call these a "health" cookie--unless you count adding oats to a dessert as healthy. And definitely go with the pure milk chocolate on this one--Although, that de-veganizes the recipe, I feel like milk choco is getting the shaft in all the trendy chocolate recipes lately...and her good taste and flavor just shouldn't be passed up.
- 1 large, super-ripe banana (it's got to be browning!)
- 1/3 cup canola oil
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup unbleached, all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp. ground flaxseed
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 3/4 cup milk chocolate chunks
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray and set aside.
2) In a large mixing bowl, mash the banana. Stir in the oil, sugar, and vanilla. Add the dry ingredients and stir until well-combined. Fold in chocolate chunks.
3) Drop the dough by rounded tablespoon-fuls on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 8 - 10 minutes, or until lightly browned around the edges (remember--it's always acceptable to under-bake vegan cookies).