Ep 1. Banana Nut Cookies
For those of you who don’t know, I am a horrible cook and baker. If it involves food, I’ll probably mess it up. As evident by my plethora of baking horror stories. Because of my “average” skill level, I decided that it would be an amazing idea for me to start a cooking series! The premise of this series would be to show you if a recipe is actually manageable for an average person. Many of the recipes out there that claim to be “easy” are often extremely complicated and rely on perfection to complete. I will try and act as a filter for these recipes, taking you along on my journey of recreating them.
This edition will be focused on “healthy baking” a new trend that’s happening where wealthy suburban soccer moms are revamping unhealthy recipes with honey and coconut oil. I for one am all about it! Anything that will allow me to eat more baked goods is fine by me.
I am starting easy with three–ingredient “banana nut cookies”. This recipe is from Skinny Taste. This website seems to be full of recipes like this one.
2 medium ripe bananas, mashed
1 cup of uncooked quick oats
¼ cup of crushed walnuts
Sprinkle of cinnamon (for flavor)
This recipe calls for two bananas, however, I only have one, so I will be halving the recipe. Along with that change, I also don’t have “rolled oats” I only have old fashioned. However, I don’t think the type of oats I use will drastically affect the outcome. I will also be adding honey because this recipe does not sound like it would be very tasty. I’m hoping the honey will add that extra oomph.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a non-stick cookie sheet with cooking spray
Combine the mashed bananas and oats in a bowl.
Fold in the walnuts and place a tablespoon of each on the cookie sheet.
Bake 15 minutes. Makes 16 cookies.
I used a fork to mash the bananas then mixed in the honey and oats. Since the honey is a liquid, I went a little heavy on the oats and walnuts. My recipe only made six cookies, and I got to say they’re looking a little worse for wear.
I found that they need to be left in the oven for 17-20 to harden them enough. This may be because my cookies are larger than they are supposed to be.
Now that the cookies have baked, I can officially say the best part about this recipe was the easy cleanup. The cookies themselves smelled amazing but were barely palatable. While warm I was able to swallow one, but after they cooled I couldn’t. I can say that this attempt at “healthy baking” was not a success.