Going Bananas Cookies

You won’t believe these delicious moist cookies are VEGAN! Bananas, Chocolate Chips, Oatmeal, Nuts YUM!

A parent should be close by when using a heat source.

Makes about 2 dozen cookies

Ingredients

· Nonstick cooking oil spray

· 1 ripe medium banana – the riper, the sweeter!

· ⅓ cup canola oil

· ⅔ cup sugar

· 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

· ¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, or as needed

· ½ teaspoon baking soda

· ¼ teaspoon salt

· ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

· 2 cups quick-cooking (not instant) oatmeal or rolled oats

· ½ cup chopped walnuts, pecans or almonds

· ½ cup chocolate chips (vegan, if desired)

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray two baking sheets with oil. In a mixing bowl, mash banana well. Add oil, sugar and vanilla, and mix with a strong fork. Add flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon, and mix until just moistened.

2. Add oatmeal, walnuts and chocolate chips. Using your hands or a sturdy spoon, mix well, making sure oats are well moistened. (If dough is very slippery, add one or two extra tablespoons flour.)

3. Using clean, wet hands, re-wetting as needed, roll dough into balls slightly smaller than a golf ball, about 1 1/3 inches in diameter. Flatten slightly and place 2 inches apart on a baking sheet. Bake until lightly browned, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 2 minutes, then transfer to a rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

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