Alex’s Banana-Nut Oatmeal Cookies

Banana-Nut CookiesI made these for our friend Alex’s 25th birthday.  Alex is one of those people who seems to have more hours in his day than others.  Somehow, he works a 40+ hour/week job, trains on and races his bike, completes projects around the house, and a billion more things that I know I’m forgetting to mention.  The real kicker though:  he does them all well.

Amazing!  And since he’s so dang likable, you can’t even hate him for it.  *Sigh.* I tried to skew these a little to the healthier side–after all, a guy like Alex needs to be in tip-top shape  to keep up with all that!  Oh, and did I mention–to top it all off, he has the most fantastic girlfriend in the world.  She’s awesome, so I hope she likes these cookies too.

Ingredients:
3/4 c Shortening
1/2 c Sugar
1/2 c Brown Sugar
1 Egg
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 c Mashed Ripe Bananas
1 c Flour
1/2 c Whole Wheat Flour
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
1/4 tsp Cinnamon
1 3/4 c Oats
1/2 c Chopped Peanuts

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400.  Cream together the shortening and sugars.  Beat in the egg, vanilla extract, and bananas.  In a medium bowl, whisk together the flours, baking soda, salt, pumpkin pie spice, and cinnamon.  Add these combined dry ingredients to the sugar mixture and beat ‘em till they’re well-incorporated.  Stir in the oats and peanuts.

Drop the dough by generous spoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets and bake 12-14 minutes, or until the edges are lightly browned.  It will smell fabulous!

Yield: About 24 Cookies.

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One Response to Alex’s Banana-Nut Oatmeal Cookies

  1. Molly says:

    Haha, ditto that! HBD to Aleeeeex…
    These cookies sound fabulous

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