These cookies are not free of taste at all. They are delicious!!!! And so very, very simple. From the first time I made them I had the recipe memorized. Just four simple ingredients. And they make up so fast…
Of course they also disappear just as fast. You won’t be able to stop yourself from grabbing one every time you walk past the cookie jar. Or if you’re like me, they never make it to the cookie jar.
But the fact that I don’t own a cookie jar could have something to do with that.
Okay. Here are the ingredients,
Bananas, oatmeal, natural peanut butter and chocolate chips. Now I make my own peanut butter, so I know exactly what is in it, peanuts. That’s it. I just grind up some peanuts in my food processor and voila! I have natural peanut butter. I also use carob chips. I know, I know. You think they’re of the devil and taste bad. In these cookies, you don’t really taste them, and you can use chocolate chips (but then they won’t be sugar free). My innards really don’t like sugar. If you don’t want to use them or chocolate chips, I have made them without the chips and they taste just as good.
You’ll want to mash 4 ripe bananas. Not overripe, not fit-only-for-banana-bread-ripe. But the ripe banana you’d eat. Mash those up like you’re making banana bread or baby food. Mash them well.
Looks pretty disgusting, doesn’t it? Just tell yourself it’s only mashed bananas.
Then add 2 cups of oatmeal. Now if you’re really sensitive to gluten, don’t buy Quaker Oats, get the good gluten free kind. But I’m not that sensitive…yet, so I use the cheap kind. Mix it well.
To this you’ll want to add 2 heaping tablespoons of natural peanut butter. Now you can use the natural peanut butter you get from the store or health food store. You don’t have to make your own.
Then add one cup chocolate/carob chips. Mix until combined.
Looks good enough to eat doesn’t it?
Shape into balls and place on baking sheet or stone. (I use the Pampered Chef thing that looks like an ice cream scoop.)
These do not flatten and spread out so feel free to put a lot on your baking sheet. I put 24 on my large baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
I would immediately remove them from the sheet to a cooling rack. Enjoy!