Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Two Ingredient Cookies

I get excited when the bananas in our fruit bowl start to look like this. I know that banana is too far gone to be eaten as is, and it has now become useful for a yummy treat.

For as long as I've bought my own food, I've saved old bananas in the freezer. When I first started baking, I saved them for banana bread because as every baker knows, bananas are sweeter when they're old and mushy. The extra sweetness makes the final product much more delicious. Later, when we started making protein shakes and healthy versions of what kinda feels like ice cream, we began adding the frozen bananas to the blender in addition to a little ice.

But most recently, the bananas haven't been making it into the freezer at all -- and that's because I'm in love with making these Two Ingredient Cookies from The Burlap Bag.

If you're not yet familiar with them, Two Ingredient Cookies are so simple that they cannot really be called baking. They are vegan, and can even be gluten-free depending on the oats. Two Ingredient Cookies are made from just 1 banana and 1/2 a cup of oatmeal. There is no oil, no butter, no milk, no eggs -- it is truly just a banana and some oats mushed up together, and popped onto a baking pan at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes. Lauren suggests greasing the pan, but I put them on tin foil instead, and find that it works just fine.

The beauty of the recipe is not only its flexibility -- yes, it can be doubled, or additional ingredients can be added in (my favorite kind of cookie is oatmeal raisin, so if I have raisins on hand, I add a handful in), but it also means that these cookies are completely guilt-free. I've had them as dessert, as breakfast, and as a snack -- they are perfect for anytime, and I don't feel bad if I eat the whole batch because it's basically having a bowl of oatmeal and a banana.

And, of course, I love that it's cheaper and faster than making cookies with more ingredients and that I have an additional use for a bit of produce that might otherwise be wasted. They are such a great healthy and quick thing to make when one needs a treat.

See the full recipe on The Burlap Bag here.

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