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Banana Oat Cookies

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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 lookout for something quick and easy to make with black bananas.  Then I came across these vegan, and gluten-free banana oat cookies, using only four basic ingredients, and I was sold!

These banana oat cookies take 15 minutes to make from scratch, and I’ll bet you have maby of the ingredients in your cupboard already!  

They’re surprisingly tasty and moreish, and make a great snack at any time of the day.  Banana oat cookies also make good 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

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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!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 12

Ingredients

  • Two 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 tablespoons of peanut butter palm oil free if you can
  • 240 g of oats
  • 30 g chocolate chips these can be vegan chocolate chips
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 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. Add in your salt and chocolate chips, and mix well.

  6. Spoon a little bit of the mixture into each muffin hole (to around 1cm depth) until all 12 holes are filled.
  7. Place in the oven for 5-10 minutes until gently browned on top.
  8. 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!).
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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 120g of oats and one tablespoon 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. Particularly as they’re so versatile and lend themselves to a variety of flavours.  Adding some desiccated coconut is a favourite in our house.  Alternatively, some raisins or chopped-up dates, or crystalised ginger are pretty yummy.  A half tea-spoon of cinnamon would add another tasty twist.  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 other ways to use up black bananas?  Try this dairy-free banana ice-cream – ready in 5 minutes!

Food & Drink, Summer

Strawberry Cocktail with Basil

strawberry basil cocktail
strawberry basil cocktail

Looking to make a strawberry based cocktail? Why not try this delicious strawberry and basil cocktail?

One of the best parts of summer is the fact that it’s strawberry season.  I anticipate strawberry season all throughout winter and spring.  Imported strawberries out of season are a bland, tasteless, poor relation of their in-season local counterparts. Out-of-season strawberries are also air-freighted to the UK, so have a huge carbon footprint. Therefore, I firmly believe in abstaining until strawberries are in season.  In season they are so plump and juicy and bursting with flavour.

Although there are few things better than a bowl of fresh strawberries (top tip: don’t eat them straight out of the fridge – let them warm up to room temperature) there are a few things that are up there in the taste stakes.  One of them is this delicious and refreshing strawberry cocktail with a hint of basil.  A sip of this strawberry cocktail will both refresh and revive you on a hot summer’s afternoon, or make you feel summery even on the greyest day.

Strawberry season in the UK is from roughly the start of June until mid-August.  It’s a short season so you have to pack in as many as you can!  This is a deliciously different way to get your quota of strawberries in!

You may be wondering about using strawberry and basil together, but I promise you they make great bedfellows!

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Strawberry Cocktail with Basil Recipe

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Strawberry Cocktail with Basil

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • Strawberries roughly 4 – 5 medium/large strawberries per glass
  • Fresh Basil roughly 1-2 small heads per glass, plus extra for garnish
  • Gin any kind will do
  • Tonic Water
  • Lime
  • Sugar granulated white sugar is best
  • A couple of ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Wash your strawberries, remove the heads, and in the glass mash them up thoroughly with a fork.
  2. On a chopping board, finely chop your basil (keeping some aside for a garnish), then add to the glass of mashed strawberries and mix well.
  3. Add a spoonful of sugar to sweeten and a little lime juice to taste (I used one teaspoon), and mix well.
  4. Add your ice cubes (best crushed)
  5. Add a shot of gin, and top up with tonic water.
  6. Stir, add your basil garnish and enjoy a glass of summer!

Recipe Notes

This summery strawberry cocktail with basil is the ultimate summer’s day drink. The strawberry and basil in this gin based cocktail really complement each other.

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If you don’t drink alcohol then omit the gin and tonic water. Instead substituting lemonade or sparkling water instead would also make for a delicious and refreshing non-alcoholic strawberry cocktail.

I plan on drinking this cocktail whilst lounging in the garden with a good book!

Will you been giving this strawberry cocktail a go?

ps: if you’re looking for other strawberry-based recipes, and have caught the bug for strawberry and basil, then try out these delicious strawberry and basil scones.  They will not disappoint!  If you’ve got a bit too many strawberries then try this simple tip to make berries last longer.