Over a year ago my friend and I stumbled upon a great recipe for Banana Oatmeal Cookies, which we tried and loved. I immediately thought of how these were the perfect solution to making cookies for my dad, who happens to be Diabetic. Why so great? Well, because there is no sugar added. The sweetness is all in the natural sugars of the raisins and bananas. How does this solve my dilemma of Diabetic cookies? Because most sugar free recipes are awful. They use sugar substitutes, which cause any baked good to be horribly dry and have a strange after-taste, and I don’t like to make things that I myself wouldn’t eat.
These cookies are pure genius. I’ve changed a few things in the original recipe, but that’s just part of its charm! One adorable aspect of the recipe is that it calls for 1 cup of oats, as well as 1 cup of oat flour. Oh no, I have to buy a whole bag of a weird flour?! Is that what you’re thinking? Silly you! No! All you have to do is put the oats in a blender or food processor and kick it in gear until it becomes a powder!
In fact, I make the whole recipe in my food processor. It’s quite convenient. Bananas need to be mashed? How about I pulverize them instead? Let’s add the peanut butter to that as well. Raisins need to be chopped? I think I’ll let them go for a quick whirl. Now what? Oh, just mix it all, let it sit, and plop it on the baking sheet.
Before cooking. They are just as pretty when cooked
About the peanut butter, here’s a quick story for you. There was no peanut butter in the original recipe, but I really like it and thought these needed an extra flavor and so I took away a banana and added peanut butter in its’ place. Did it work? You betcha! I was tempted to eat them all and not share with my dad, but I’m just too nice. The original also called for dates instead of raisins, but my family likes raisins so I went with those. If I were making them just for myself I might use other dried fruits, but many of them have added sugar so raisins are a safe bet if it’s sugar you’re avoiding.
I’m sure there are other reasons why these cookies are fantastic. Let’s see, Diabetic friendly, no eggs for those with egg allergies, vegan if you use vegetable oil instead of butter, they’re healthy, and I think there must be another reason. Hmmm….oh yes! They are delicious!! These cookies just plain win.
2 medium ripe bananas, peeled and mashed
¼ cup peanut butter, slightly melted
1 cup rolled or quick oats
1 cup oat flour (blend oats in a food processor or blender)
1 cup raisins, chopped
1/3 cup melted butter or vegetable oil
Pinch of salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Let sit for 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350
Drop by spoonfuls onto baking sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes until lightly golden.
Since the cookies are already brown, it might be easier to check the color on the bottom of them. They should look like this
They aren’t pretty, but they are tasty as hell