First off….a staff meeting always means Betty will be baking. I knew the third grade team was not in charge of food but wanted to bake...I just had the itch to. Oh wait I also had really ripe naners and a new jar of coffee almond butter...those might have been part of the itch. A lot of my coworkers are trying very hard to eat healthy and clean so I did not want to deter them from this so tried to brainstorm something that would work (because classic banana bread would not have been so healthy….). I have made the 3 ingredient banana oatmeal cookies before when craving something simple and needed to use up naners. I loosely based these cookies off of those knowing some of the staff is not eating flour, butter, and I do have a gluten free team member. So these little oatmeal breakfast bites or breakfast cookies were born...you can name them whatever your little heart desires.
Coffee almond butter breakfast cookies
1 cup of oat flour ( I just place my oats in the food processor and grind them until the texture resembles a four)
¾ cup old fashioned oats ( not ground up)
2 overripe naners
¼ cup (and maybe a tad more :)) nut butter of your choice (I used buff bake coffee almond butter---you can use any flavor you like and then be creative with adding in cinnamon or nutmeg, chocolate chips,dried fruits, coconut flakes, honey, maple syrup)
A dash of vanilla extract (optional)
Preheat oven to 325
- Place the naners in a bowl and mix until mashed.
- Add in the ground oats and nut butter mixed until just combined.
- Add in the regular oats and anything else you might be adding ( vanilla, spices, chocolate chips, dried fruit). Mixed until just combined.
- Placed mixture in pan of choice or drop as rounded cookies on a cookie sheet - I made mine in a mini muffin tin with liners and they were great bite sized. (will not spread so make sure they are round).
- Place in oven and bake 10-20 minutes depending on what type of dish you are using and what size you have made them. Do not bake too long because they will dry out.
*even with the added oat flour these are more dense than regular cookies. I placed back in oven to make a little less dense- if you do that just make sure to watch and not over bake.
6. Cool in pan then place on rack.
7. I stored mine in an airtight container in the fridge when I went to bed to take to work the next day. I would do this if you have extras as well.