I am a sucker for any banana/peanut butter combination. So when I saw these Oatmeal Peanut Butter Banana Cookies from Peanut Butter Fingers, I knew I had to make them.
I also looked at the ingredients and was surprised to find that these are actually healthy. Only 1/3 cup of canola oil in the entire recipe! (Sign me up!). As an avid baker, I’m so used to seeing 1-2 sticks of butter so this was like sticker shock. I also have never made cookies with oil before so I wanted to see how they would turn out.
Oh, and did they turn out. Even the batter was delicious (yes, I love batter too). I could see adapting these flavors into a batch of overnight oats. They smelled like warm banana bread coming out of the oven. Some changes I made from Julie were adding chocolate chips, subbing chunky peanut butter and using King Arthur Flour’s white whole wheat flour (I’ll never go back to regular whole wheat again!). Julie’s recipe made 4 dozen and mine only made 3 (I used a small cookie scoop). Here is the recipe:
Oatmeal Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies
Adapted from Julie at PBFingers
Makes 3 dozen cookies
2 ripe bananas, mashed
1/3 cup chunky peanut butter
1/3 cup canola oil
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 1/4 cup old fashioned oats
1/4 cup white whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or spray with cooking spray.
Mix bananas, peanut butter, canola oil and brown sugar together until relatively smooth (use a stand mixer if you have one). Add egg and vanilla and mix until combined.
In a separate bowl, combine oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
Slowly mix oat mixture into banana mixture until everything is combined. Add chocolate chips and mix again. Place spoonfuls of dough on cookie sheet and bake for approximately 10 – 12 minutes. Allow to cool and enjoy.
You know someone who would love these cookies (minus the chocolate)? Oliver. He adores peanut butter and I always give him the butt-ends of my bananas. Speaking of which, this little guy is turning 3 tomorrow!
I adopted him from the Wisconsin Humane Society when he was 8-9 weeks old. I actually bought him during my lunch hour at my previous advertising job. They had about 10 beagle/shepard puppies that were the cutest things you’ve ever seen. Oliver was the runt and the only tan one with a black mask (all the others looked more like traditional beagles with the brown/black patches). The volunteer asked us if we needed time to make a decision and I said, “No, I want that one.” I think when it comes to picking a dog, you just know.
Question: Do you celebrate your pet’s birthday? Oliver got a coupon in the mail for $5 off at Pet Supplies Plus, so someone will be getting a present! His favorite toys are ropes from the pet store, Nylabones and surgical rags (courtesy of Brenton’s dad).