These little cookies taste like banana bread in a cookie! I had some leftover bananas that were getting ripe, and decided to make up this recipe for Banana, Oatmeal, Pecan, Cookies. I have been having so much fun creating new recipes, just with ingredients that I have in my refrigerator and pantry. Pete is the lucky recipient, of trying all of my new creations! These cookies are a little healthier, because I used oatmeal ground up to a flour consistency. Oh well, everything in moderation right?
My favorite pastime is to look at all the cooking blogs, and see what people have created. For years, I would copy off their recipes and never leave a comment. I honestly, never thought about how much time goes into each recipe, every photograph, and every word, that they posted. If any of you are reading this, I apologize. I know most blog posts take at least 2 to 4 hours, depending how long it takes to develop each picture. I’m trying to make up for lost time, so now, whenever I see something, that I would cook, or looks delicious, I take a moment to leave a comment. I mean, they are working really hard, to give you something so creative, and mouth watering, it’s the least I can do! Anyway, enough of my opinions. I hope you all are staying warm this week, wherever you are. I have been freezing all day here, and it’s 60 degrees, sorry! My favorite Valentines Day memories were in grade school. I loved decorating those darling little shoe boxes for exchanging cards. I would get so excited, when I thought that a cute boy had a crush on me, and I would get a romantic card from him. Little did I know, they were generic cards, and all girls got the same cards! It was a little hard on the ego, but I sure loved those fun times! Let me know how you intend to spend your Valentines Day? I really want to know! Pete and I are staying home and having a romantic dinner for two! You should make these delicious Banana, Oatmeal, Pecan, Cookies for your kids classes, your family, or your sweetie!
Banana Oatmeal Pecan Cookies
Recipe by Stacey Evans
Makes 2 dozen cookies
• 2 ripe bananas
• 2 sticks softened salted butter, I prefer Land O lakes, does it make a difference? I think so!
• 2 eggs
• 1 1/4 cups sugar
• 1 Tbs. vanilla extract
• 1 1/4 cups oatmeal ground up to a flour consistency, I used my Cuisinart. If you don't have a food processor you can use a blender. I also used quick cooking oats.
• 2 cups flour
• 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
• 1/2 tsp salt
• 1 cup chopped pecan chips
Ingredients for the Glaze:
• 1 1/4 cups confectioners sugar
• 3 Tbs. whole milk
• 1 tsp. vanilla
• red sprinkles, or your choice of sprinkles
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Use a silpat mat or parchment paper to cover your cookie sheet.
1. With an electric mixer, mix together the bananas and butter.
2. Add eggs and mix for 2 minutes.
3. Add sugar and mix for 2 minutes
4. Add vanilla and mix for 1 minute.
5. Add oatmeal, flour, baking soda, and salt.
6. Mix until incorporated.
7. Mix in pecan chips and stir with a spoon.
8. Drop by Tbs. mounds onto cookie sheet.
9. Bake for 10 minutes.
For the Glaze:
1. Whisk the ingredients altogether until completely incorporated. With a fork, drizzle over cookies and sprinkle with red sprinkles.