This recipe was inspired by two major events:
1.) The brown bananas on the counter needed to be eaten two days ago.
2. ) I'm providing treats for an event tomorrow night and was in the mood to bake cookies.
Needing inspiration I did what any 21st century homemaker would do.
I searched for "easy banana cookies" and found this original recipe by Wendy-Bob for banana oatmeal cookies. It seemed simple enough and I already had all of the ingredients on hand so I decided to give it a whirl. I tweaked a few things as I went (including the dark chocolate drizzle...MMMM), so my recipe ended up looking different. The original recipe was a good template to help guide me make my own. The cookies turned out pretty good, but probably aren't my best work.
Next time I think I'll add more sugar/Splenda.
PB Banana Oatmeal Cookies w/Dark Chocolate Dollops
2 ripe bananas
2 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 cup skim milk
1 large egg
1 tbsp brown sugar (I recommend 2 tbsp of any type of sugar/sweetener. Mine could've been sweeter.)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 tbsp chunky peanut butter
4-5 dark chocolate pieces, such as Dove or Hershey's Bliss
2. Mash the bananas. Mix with oats, milk, egg, sugar, vanilla, and peanut butter.
3. Spoon the cookie mix onto a greased cookie sheet to make about 24 small cookies (Size can be adjusted according to preference. I simply wanted the recipe to go further.)4. Bake 10-15 minutes.
5. While cookies are baking, melt dark chocolate and stir. Once cookies have been removed from the oven, spread a small amount of chocolate over each cookie.
6. Pour a tall glass of milk and enjoy!