Cookies for breakfast? I'm there! When I read a recipe for chocolate chip banana cookies, I thought that they sounded like they would be great for quick breakfasts .....if only they were healthier. The following is the recipe for cookies that are nutritional and yet still have the original flavor:
1-1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp. coarse salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 cup butter (room temp.) (reduced by 1/3 from original recipe)
1/4 cup Splenda Blend sugar (actually only 1/8 cup of real sugar)
1/4 cup Splenda Blend brown sugar (actually only 1/8 cup of real sugar)
1 large egg
1-1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 over-ripe mashed banana
1 cup multi-grain rolled oats
1 cup bittersweet large chocolate chips
1/2 cup coarsely chopped toasted walnuts
Whisk together the first three dry ingredients and set aside. Cream sugars and butter. Beat in egg and add vanilla. Stir in mashed banana. Blend in dry ingredients, oats, walnuts and chocolate chips. Using two spoons, scoop out dough to form 16 - 18 cookies on two parchment paper lined cookie sheets. Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 14 to 15 minutes until cookies are a yummy brown. Cool cookies on a rack and enjoy!
The cookies did not flatten out like most chocolate chip cookies (because the recipe has less butter) but you can flatten them before baking and they will look more traditional (baking time will be less). This recipe is great for using up that one last banana that no one wants to eat. LOL! I hope that you will try this recipe and resolve to eat healthier. I heard a sobering statistic: It is predicted that 1 out of 2 people in Hawaii will be diabetic in the next generation. Take care of yourself and your family so you can live long, happy lives.
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