I'm a chocolate girl so I prefer my cookies chocolate chip. I love love the combination of oatmeal and chocolate chip. This recipe was great because it used a ripe banana to cut back on sugar, and also this recipe cuts back on the butter (most recipes call for 2 sticks of butter and almost 2 cups of sugar). I had one of these cookies before a long run, and they were the perfect mix of sugars, oatmeal, nuts, caffeine from the chocolate and potassium from the bananas to fill my belly before the run. It also gave me the tiniest bit of guilt I needed to push my body a little harder that morning ;)
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Banana Cookies
Preheat oven to 350.
Combine 1/2 cup mashed banana (about 1 medium), 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup butter, 1/4 cup granulated sugar and 1 tsp vanilla extract in a bowl. Beat with a blender, add 1 egg, and continue to beat well.
Mix 1- 1/4th c. flour, 2 cups old fashioned oats, 1 tsp baking soda and 1/2 tsp salt into a separate bowl. Mix, and then add to wet ingredients slowly, beating with a mixer at medium speed.
Stir in 1/2 c. semi sweet chocolate chips and 1/2 c. walnuts (optional)
Bake at 350 for 18 minutes.