Peanut Butter Banana Oat Breakfast Cookies
2 ripe bananas, mashed until smooth and creamy
1/3 cup peanut butter ~ creamy or chunky
2/3 cup unsweetened applesauce (I used homemade applesauce)
1 scoop vanilla protein powder (can be made without, cookie will just be lower in protein; I didn't include this)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp butter flavor extract (optional; I used this)
1 1/2 cups quick oatmeal ~ uncooked (or use old fashioned oats for more oatmeal texture)
1/4 cup chopped nuts (peanut, walnut, or your favorite; I didn't include nuts because I knew Sophia and Olivia wouldn't eat the cookies if nuts were in them)
1/4 cup carob or chocolate chips (optional; I did include chocolate chips)
Preheat heat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, mix mashed banana and peanut butter until completely combined. Add the applesauce, vanilla protein powder, and the extract(s). Mix again until all are completely combined.
Add in the oatmeal and nuts to the banana mixture and combine. (Add the optional carob/chocolate chips at this time if you want them mixed throughout.)
Let dough rest for 10 minutes.
Drop cookie dough, by spoonfuls, onto a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet and flatten cookies into rounds. (If you just want the carob/chocolate chips on the top of the cookies, add them now.)
Bake cookies about 30 minutes, or until golden brown and done. (Note: the cookies were done at 25 minutes in my oven.)
Remove from oven and let rest on cookie sheet for 5 minutes. Move to a cooling rack. (If you want the traditional fork tong marks on the cookies, use a pizza cutter or sharp knife to score the tops of the cookies while they're still warm. Note: I tried to do this after about 5 minutes and it didn't work. The only thing that happened was the melted chocolate from the chips oozed out.)
When cookies are completely cool, store in a covered container. Enjoy!
Note: The original recipe said that it makes 12 large cookies or 16 standard-size cookies. However, I was able to get only 12 cookies from the recipe.
They aren't particularly large cookies, and I don't think just one cookie would fill an average-size child, teen, or adult. I think a couple cookies with some fresh fruit and a glass of juice or milk would make a nice, healthy breakfast.