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Monday, 21 May 2007
Choc Chip Cookies go Bananas!
At my workplace, we take it in turns to bring morning tea on a Monday and this week was my turn. So in seeking inspiration for something to take in, I found a recipe for Choc Banana Oat Cookies. This meant that I could use the banana still hanging around my fruit bowl after my banana and parsley effort.
Once upon a time, if I had leftover bananas I would have made them into banana cake. When it comes to baking, cakes have always been my thing – there is nothing I love better than a good rich dense chocolate cake. But lately in an attempt to eat less rich food, I have turned to biscuits, actually mostly choc chip cookies.
I was starting to find many recipes on the net when I found a fantastic book called The Search for the Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie by Gwen Steege. It has over 100 choc chip cookie recipes. I never knew there were so many variations but it is liberating to read it and find where there’s a will, there’s a way. So far I have made versions with zucchini, coconut, honeyed macadamias, peanut butter and loads of oatmeal. I have discovered I can have my choc chips and anything else I want. So I was sure I could find one to give a purpose to my banana.
There was not one banana recipe in my choc chip cookie book but luckily I had written out a recipe from the net lately. It is on my shame file of unsourced recipes so I can’t tell you where it is from but I can recommend it.
The recipe has oats and spices as well as bananas – just how I like it. The mixture was very moist. I am still a novice at biscuits – I think my oven might be less powerful than others so the biscuits always take longer than the recipe - the moment between undercooked and overcooked is a mystery I am yet to solve. The cookies were very soft and cake-like straight out of the oven last night – as I found during quality assurance tasting!
Today at morning tea they were almost chewy and yummy – my colleagues seemed to agree. In fact I had hoped for a few more leftover for a meeting tomorrow but you can’t complain if others enjoy your cooking :-)
Choc Banana Oat Cookies
1 cup sugar
¾ cup shortening (I used approx 185g butter)
1 ½ cups plain flour
½ tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp nutmeg, grated
1 ¾ cups quick cooking oats or regular oats (I used 1 ¼ regular and ½ quick cooking)
1 cup mashed banana – I used 2 large bananas
¾ cup choc chips
Preheat oven to 400ºF. Mix butter and sugar. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Drop teaspoons onto an ungreased baking sheet. Bake 10-15 minutes till light brown. Makes about 4 dozen cookies.
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