Banana Breakfast Cookies

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Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup well-mashed ripe banana
  • 2 tbsps ground flax seed
  • 1/4 cup nondairy milk (I used almond milk.)
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 cup brown rice syrup
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour*
  • 1/4 cup Nutrimeal Free or French Vanilla Nutrimeal
  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour*
  • 1 1/2 tsps cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups quick-cooking or rolled oats*
  • 1 cup pecan or walnut halves, coarsely chopped (I used walnuts.)
    *substitute your favorite flour alternative to make this gluten-free

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
2. In a large mixing bowl, mix the mashed banana, flax seeds, and non-dairy milk.
3. Add the oil, brown rice syrup, agave nectar, and vanilla. Mix until smooth.
4. Sift the flour, whole wheat flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda and salt. (You can sift it right into the banana mixture.) At this point, the batter will be pretty moist.
5. Mix in the oats and nuts. Now, the dough will be moist, and a bit sticky.
6. Drop spoonfuls of dough onto the cookie sheets, about 1-2 inches apart. The easiest way to do this is to spray a measuring cup with nonstick cooking spray. I use the 1/4 cup. Then, press the cookies down a bit. Speaking from experience, if you forget to do this, it is OK.
7. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until golden brown. The cookies then need to cool on the cookie sheet for at least five minutes. Then, move to a cookie sheet to cool completely. Store loosely covered, or they will get too soft. Or, you can wrap each in plastic wrap and store in the freezer, which is what I do.

Make It Your Own

The recipe calls for 1 cup of dried cranberries, which I usually do not use. It also recommends toasting the nuts. I agree, the flavor is awesome. I did not have time, and the cookies still tasted great. Or, use a different type of dried fruit or toasted nut. It’s up to you. I believe I could probably increase the amount of Nutrimeal Free next time. Also, this is an easy recipe to make gluten-free.

Source: What's Up, USANA

Megan Huston