KITCHEN VIRGINS: Banana Oat Cookies
I've been in a real funk lately and didn't want to do anything that involved leaving my warm, comfy bed. Then I went to NYC and came back feeling super inspired - leading me to head back into the kitchen and test out some more recipes for you guys.
I wasn't up for a challenge so I picked the easiest recipe I could find - two ingredient banana cookies. All you need are 2 bananas and 1 cup of oats (feel free to add in cinnamon, nuts, almond butter, chocolate chips, etc.). Preheat your oven to 350 and mash up your bananas. Next, you're going to mix in your oats and let it stand for 5 minutes. Now would be the time to decide if you're going to mix in anything else. The first time I made these, I was too lazy to add in chocolate chips in case the cookies taste like shit and then it would be a waste (spoiler alert: they taste pretty f*cking good and would taste even better with chocolate). The second time that I made them, I added cinnamon. The third time I made them I added cocoa powder and then most recently, I added cacao nibs.
Take a spoonful of the mixture and plop it onto a lined cookie sheet and toss it into the oven. The recipe that I saw recommended 13-15 minutes, so I took them out after 14. Put them on a cooling rack before immediately devouring them or throwing them in the fridge.
Voila - super easy, super tasty, and super healthy!
Fun fact: My mom took this healthy vegan, gluten free, refined sugar-free recipe and made it the complete opposite by adding cream, Nutella, cocoa powder, chocolate chips and cinnamon. You can give that a shot if you'd like... after all, life is all about balance.