Sharing two oatmeal cookie recipes in one week was not the original plan. As near as I can tell, this happened because there was no original plan. And so it goes.
At least at this point I have learned my plans are not nearly as important as I think they are. The sun continues to rise and set regardless of my to do list, so I may as well enjoy each day.
If the form that enjoyment takes is stuffing my face with oatmeal cookies all week, then so it goes.
There are a two reasons I like this cookie: it does not contain butter and I feel good about eating them for breakfast.
I am not about to claim these cookies are healthy. They contain an entire cup of sugar and a few chocolate chips, which the last time I checked, were not exactly health foods.
However, they also contain whole wheat flour, oats, fruits, and seeds. Couple that with the fact they are portable, and I have a breakfast on the go. Enjoy!
Orange Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1 2/3 cups whole wheat pastry flour
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
- 3/4 cup mashed banana (two ripe bananas)
- 2 large eggs, beaten
- 1 teaspoon orange zest (one orange)
- 1/2 teaspoon orange extract
- 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
- In a large bowl, whisk together the oats, flour, sunflower seeds, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
- In a separate bowl, beat the brown sugar and banana until the sugar is mostly dissolved.
- Add the eggs (be sure to beat them before adding), the orange zest and the orange extract.
- Combine the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients and mix until well incorporated.
- Fold in the chocolate chips.
- Drop two tablespoons of dough per cookie onto onto parchment-lined baking sheets.
- Bake at 375 F for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned.
As suggested in the original recipe, those who prefer a more traditional oatmeal cookie taste can omit the orange zest and orange extract. Use 1 teaspoon of vanilla and 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon to flavor the cookies instead.