The Best Banana Oatmeal Cookies You Could Ever Eat

The Best Banana Oatmeal Cookies You Could Ever Eat

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I know I mentioned that my Momma passed recently. I have been going over her photo albums, journals, and recipe books to see what I wanted to keep. The stories that come out of this treasure trove make my heart melt and fill me with such incredible joy at the same time. Like the story behind The Best Banana Oatmeal Cookies You Could Ever Eat.
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The Best Banana Oatmeal Cookies You Could Ever Eat

My Momma was just 4-years-old when her Momma passed from breast cancer. One of her fondest childhood memories that she wrote about in her journals was the Banana Oatmeal Cookies that her Momma made. My Momma played with this recipe for YEARS trying to get the cookies as large as she remembered them being. She was trying to make Banana Oatmeal Cookies that were as big as her hand. I laughed as we picked 5-inch Banana Oatmeal Cookies up one time as they fell apart. I asked her how big were her hands when she was four and her Momma was making them for her.
Just in case you are curious, a 2-inch cookie holds up just fine, even a 3-inch one. It simply was a matter of considering the actual specifics of the real situation.

Is oatmeal with banana healthy?

By all means, yes! According to Healthy Eating:

Both oatmeal and bananas contain soluble and insoluble fiber, each of which helps you maintain proper bowel health. Soluble fiber also helps lower your cholesterol level, so increasing the amount in your breakfast by adding a banana to your oatmeal is a healthy choice.

The next time you find yourself asking “What to do with lots of ripe bananas?” Try making this Banana Oatmeal Cookies recipe instead of the ol’ banana bread standby. (Little) Hand down, they beat out our Banana, Maple & Bacon Muffins to Drool Over recipe and our Banana Pancakes Recipe.
If you look at the ingredients, these are really pretty healthy for you. Not quite the same caliber as our Breakfast Cookies, but I wouldn’t cringe if our kiddo grabbed one or two of these with a glass of milk on a busy morning.
Now, let’s make those cookies!

You will need:

  • 3 c sifted flour
  • 2 c sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • 1 ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 ½ cup lard – or unsalted butter.
  • 2 eggs, well beaten
  • 3 bananas
  • 3 ½ c quick-cooking oats
  • 1 c nuts
Sift flour, sugar, soda, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon into mixing bowl.
Cut in lard.
Add eggs, bananas rolled oats and nuts.
The Best Banana Oatmeal Cookies You Could Ever Eat All ingredients in the bowl
Mix it all together well.
The Best Banana Oatmeal Cookies You Could Ever Eat all ingredients mixed and ready to bake
Bake on ungreased sheet at 350 for 10-12 minutes. Take them off the baking sheet quickly and pop onto your wire cooling rack. I know you should wait for them to cool down before enjoying them, but I only let them cool a little it before I am tempted to grab one and rip into it.
The Best Banana Oatmeal Cookies You Could Ever Eat ready to eat

How do I make my cookies less crispy?

According to King Arthur Flour:

Using lower-moisture sugar (granulated) and fat (vegetable shortening), plus a longer, slower bake than normal, produces light, crunchy cookies. That said, using a combination of butter and vegetable shortening or even using all butter, will make an acceptably crunchy chocolate chip cookie.
I personally love them they way my Momma’s recipe turns out. I think it is worth making another batch this week. I’ll have a cup of coffee, enjoy a cookie, and watch the bird feeder as I reminisce about my Momma.

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