So I’m starting this off with this statement..
“I am not 100% sure if I like these cookies. For me, first bite they sucked HOWEVER by the 3rd bite they grew on me. I’m on the fence about these.” Yeah.. what cook/baker/chef is that brutally honest about their own creation, huh? Me, that’s who! It’s for me.. I don’t know.. odd.
Since I can never just make like 6 cookies I made enough for an army. Like any good little co-worker I took the brunt of them to my office since I wasn’t a huge fan of ’em. Well okay, I’m unsure if I’m a fan of them same with Mr. Fantabulous. So I get to work and I msg my Black Hearted Sister (BHS) “Hey I brought in these breakfast bars and cookies (I made them as bars and as cookies) and um.. I think they taste like crap (well to sell ’em huh?) but I’m unsure. Can you try one???” LOL yeah.. like that doesn’t sell food, huh? HAHA And like the great friend she is, she came up and had one. Now she really, REALLY liked them. I, of course, am sitting there in disbelief. Now to know my BHS she does NOT mince words. She says it like it is. So I had her take a container of them plus some extra down to our Sister From Another Mother (SFAM) and set it on her desk.
Well about an hour later SFAM msg’s me and says something to the effect of “OMG! These are soooooooooooo good!” again, I tell her to lay off the crack pipe as again, I’m not sold on these but they are two of a few that I know would tell me the complete truth. Anyway, later that evening I get a FB msg from SFAM saying she took a few home for her kids and the gobbled them right up asking if she had the recipe. The littlest one, PIT (Princess in Training) who barely eats was sitting there picking up the crumbs to get more. Seriously.. to be told stuff like that is priceless! So the next day I took the rest of the “I’m still not sure if I like these” cookies and bars for SFAM to take home to her family.
Today I get another msg from SFAM telling me that she gave Jesus Fergie (JF – she has the voice of an angel and can rock it like Fergie.. plus she’s wicked fierce!) a cookie on their commute home yesterday. So apparently I’m smokin’ something because even she loved them.
Actually SFAM and JF said something to the effect of “Those cookies are Wonka candy. The first bite you get peanut butter, then it blends into coconut, then it transcends into chocolate, then banana…” LOL I so love those guys.
As for having these for breakfast, these are on the healthier side having no butter or oil, scant sugar and packed with oats and proteins.
I think the reason why I’m unsure if I like these is that it’s made with whole wheat flour. See I love whole wheat in breads and even pizza dough but desserts… ehhhhhhhhhhhhhh don’t think I’m having it.
Give it a try and let me know what you think! So far everyone that’s had them loves ’em.Print
- 2 large bananas, mashed
- 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 3/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cup quick oats
- 1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 extra large egg
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup coconut
- 3/4 cup Craisins
- 3/4 cup white chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a stand mixer bowl fitted with the paddle attachment, combine mashed banana, applesauce, peanut butter, honey, brown sugar, egg and vanilla extract.
- Stop the mixer and add in the oats, flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt.
- Blend until mixed – batter will be on the thicker side.
- Add in the coconut, Craisins and white chocolate chips.
- Just mix until combined.
- On a parchment lined cookie sheet, scoop a 1/4 cup of dough onto the pan leaving a 2″ span between each. *You can use a whoopie pie pan if you wanted too!
- Bake for 12-15 minutes just until set and very lightly brown.
- Prepare a 9×13” baking pan by spraying with non-stick cooking spray lightly then line with parchment paper ensuring you leave at 1 1/2” sticking up over the sides. This will help with lifting out. If you want thinner bars, use a Jelly Roll pan.
- Dump the batter onto the parchment paper and spread out. It helps if you lightly wet your spatula to smooth it out.
- Bake 20-25 minutes just until the top is set and very lightly browned. It’ll have give when you press it however it won’t be sticky. Watch your time as you don’t want to over bake this.
- Allow to cool in the pan then lift out from the pan using the parchment paper. If you are using a bigger pan, you may ask someone to help by using a spatula underneath to lift out with you.
- Cool completely before cutting into bars.
So as you can see below I tried icing a few with a coconut milk buttercream. Yeah.. I still wasn’t sold. However SFAM’s daughter LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVED them!