banana oat cookies

Banana Oat Cookies

banana oat cookies

I hate food waste with a passion, and over-ripened, mushy black bananas are one thing in particular that I hate throwing out.  I’ve always been on the look out for something quick and easy to make with black bananas.  Then I came across these super healthy, vegan and gluten free banana oat cookies, using only three basic ingredients, and I was sold!

These banana oat cookies take 15 minutes to make from scratch, and I’ll bet you have all of the ingredients in your cupboard already!  They’re surprisingly tasty and moreish, super healthy, and make a good breakfast on the go, as well as a healthy snack at any time of the day.  Banana oat cookies also make good healthy snacks for little ones: my daughter is obsessed with these!  And most importantly – they are such a brilliant way to use up black bananas!

Banana Oat Cookies Recipe

gluten free banana cookies

Banana Oat Cookies Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Serves 12

Banana Oat Cookies Recipe

These three ingredient banana oat cookies are made using simply banana, oats and peanut butter. They're great for when you want to use up black bananas, or simply need a sweet treat!

Ingredients

  • Two medium to large sized black bananas (the bananas pictured weren't the ones I used - black bananas didn't make for a nice photo!).  It's important to use black bananas are they are sweeter than just-ripe bananas.
  • Two generous dessert spoons of peanut butter (palm oil free if you can)
  • 450g of oats
  • A 12-capacity muffin tray (I use two 6-capacity trays) (this keeps your cookies in a circular shape)

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 200 °C
  2. In a large bowl mash up the peeled black bananas with a fork until it forms a paste.
  3. Add the two spoons of peanut butter and mix well with the fork to combine.
  4. Add in your oats a little bit at a time, mixing well until it’s all combined. If your bananas are on the small side you may not need to use all of the oats.
  5. Spoon a little bit of the mixture into each muffin hole (to around 1cm depth) until all 12 holes are filled.
  6. Place in the oven for 5-10 minutes until gently browned on top.
  7. Remove from the oven and leave to cool before eating, or transferring to a tub in the fridge for storage for up to three days (not that they will last that long!).
  8. I’ve added some chocolate chips to this mix and sprinkled some dessicated coconut on top as a variation.
http://moralfibres.co.uk/how-to-use-up-black-bananas/

use up black bananas

 

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It’s quite easy to alter the portions depending on how many black bananas you have.  Just remember that one banana requires 225g of oats and one spoon of peanut butter.

Variations

I’ve made quite a lot of batches of banana oat cookies lately, and have been mixing it up a fair bit, as they’re so versatile and lend themselves to a variety of flavours.  Adding some chocolate chips is a less healthy favourite in our house.  Alternatively, some raisins or chopped up dates are pretty yummy.  A half tea-spoon of cinnamon would add another tasty twist, or some dessicated coconut.  Varying the type of nut butter would also change up the taste.  The possibilities are endless!

Storing Bananas

If you don’t have any oats or peanut butter to hand, but have black bananas you can pop your bananas in the freezer until you need them.  Pop them in whole, with the skin still on – once you defrost them they will be very mushy but that’s what you want for this recipe!  Here’s a handy article about everything you could ever need to know about freezing bananas.

I hope you enjoy these banana oat cookies!  Looking for others ways to use up black bananas?  Try this dairy free banana ice-cream – ready in 5 minutes!

Save Energy With One Simple Step #4

It’s been a busy old week round these parts, but I couldn’t miss out this week’s installment of Save Energy With One Simple Step as it’s a particularly pertinent one for me.  Back at the beginning of this blog, I wrote about my un-green habits, and one of them being charging my mobile phone overnight.  I’m shamefully still quite bad at doing this so I thought I’d write this as a reminder to myself and anyone else who has fallen into the same habit.

So, without further ado:

charging phone night bad

Unplug your phone (at night).  And get into the habit of charging your phone by day.

It only takes less than 2 hours to charge my phone, but leaving it plugged in charging overnight for 8 hours is using 6 hours of extra power that doesn’t need to be used, wasting energy and money.   And if that wasn’t bad enough, as a consequence of doing this, I’ve damaged my phone’s battery, so even though it’s only a year and a half old, it doesn’t hold a charge for very long, which means soon I will have to replace the battery or the phone.  So I’ve considered this a very good lesson learnt.

I’ve recently started taking a USB cable with me to work and charging my phone by day by plugging it into my computer, and when I’m at home, charging it via the USB cable when I’m working on my laptop.    I haven’t been able to find any reliable form of research or analysis on charging your phone via a computer versus plugged into the wall, so I don’t know how much extra energy, if any, a computer uses when it charges a phone.  Hwwever, I’m guessing it’s a lot less than leaving a phone charging overnight. And I know that pretty much as soon as it’s finished charging I tend to remove it from the charger.

If it’s low on charge first thing in the morning, I’ll charge it up as soon as I get up so it’s charged by the time I leave the house.  I’m also going to remove the plug and cable from my bedroom so it’s not so much of a temptation just to charge it up before going to sleep.  I guess in some ways going green is all about making little changes to your life so that they eventually become habits and you don’t notice doing them anymore, which is what I hope to acheive with charging my phone.

I recently become aware of the fact that you can buy mobile phone timer devices that you can plug into the wall, set the timer, and then it will stop drawing power after the set duration.  I don’t know how you feel about these, but I personally feel a bit uneasy buying a gadget that’s taken resources and energy to produce when I can just get into the habit of charging my phone during the day.  What do you think about them?

Look out for another tip next Thursday, and in case you missed it here are energy saving tips one, two, and three.

 

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