Sometimes, you crave something sweet — like right NOW — but you don’t have a lot of ingredients in your cupboard. It can be a drag to go to the store on a hot summer afternoon, especially for a few items.
Never fear! We have a recipe for oatmeal raisin cookies that utilizes only five ingredients, all of which you probably have in your kitchen already. The addition of peanut butter and banana makes this recipe both rich and sweet. And raisins, of course! So easy to make, inexpensive, and yummy…..we whipped up the batter in less than ten minutes!
2 cups rolled oats (make sure they’re not quick oats, and that they don’t contain gluten!)
3 large, very ripe, mashed bananas (the riper they are, the sweeter they will be)
1/2 cup almond, peanut, or sunflower butter (you can even use crunchy peanut butter! We did!)
1/2 cup raisins
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon (optional)
Mash the bananas in a medium-sized mixing bowl, and then add the oats, nut butter, and cinnamon (if desired). Thoroughly combine all the ingredients and fold in the raisins. Your batter should be creamy, but it should hold a semi-firm consistency. Add more oats if it’s too runny.
Grease a cookie sheet with Earth Balance or another vegan margarine or butter. Using a medium-sized spoon, scoop out the batter from the bowl and place each scoop about two inches apart on the cookie sheet. The cookies won’t spread much, so make sure you flatten them a bit with either the spoon or a separate spatula.
Pop the cookie sheet into a pre-heated oven and bake at 350 degrees for about 12 minutes. The cookies will smell just wonderful, but don’t remove them from the oven until they’re done! They should be slightly brown around the edges.
Makes about a dozen small-ish cookies. Two people can make quick work of this batch. That’s how it goes around our house. I guess you’d better make some more, especially if you have a larger family. If, by some remote chance, you have any cookies left over, you can cover them and leave them in a secure bowl. But keep in mind that these delectable cookies will not really be secure, no matter where you decide to put them.
Enjoy! Sometimes, you just gotta have something sweet. And remember — there is no sugar, flour, dairy, eggs, or gluten in these cookies, so there’s absolutely no reason for guilt or remorse.
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