My relationship with oatmeal has been a rocky one. I was a cream of wheat kid. Just like a kid can either prefer N*SYNC or Backstreet Boys. You either liked cream of wheat or oatmeal. I loooooved cinnamon cream of wheat and Backstreet Boys. (Particularly A.J. and Kevin. I know, I’m so punk.) For reasons unbeknownst to me, people basically tried to force feed me oatmeal all of my life. Okay, they didn’t like hold me down and force me. But our house in the morning, EVERY morning, was a lot like the scene at the beginning of Home Alone, but we weren’t going on a fun family trip. We were going to school. Ick. So, because of the craziness, mom either brought a pack of pop-tarts in the car, or brushed her teeth while not even remotely cautiously mixing instant oatmeal and water. Ick. Literally, every day I’d take a bite, make a funny face, do a weird lip movement tossing it around in my mouth like a 90 year old person does, and would then throw it away. Every. Day. And every day I’d say “I HAAAAAATE oatmeal mom.” And she’d say “Well, eat it. It’s good for you.”
I promise my childhood was a happy one. Lively and never a dull moment, yes. Unhappy? No. I was just fed slop in the morning, NBD.
Slop. That’s how I referred to instant oatmeal until about a year ago. Nothing crazy about the oatmeal changed. No one added magic fairy “Morgan Likey” dust to their oatmeal packs a year ago. I think my taste buds just had a talk and were like “it’s time to grow the eff up.” 26 years late.
I constantly saw variations of this witchcraft where you combine fruits and oatmeal and bake them in cookie form and it was supposed to be good. Nothing will ever taste as good as Subway’s oatmeal cookie. So, I’m being very honest here, because that is what you come here for. I think? Eh. But it does NOT taste like a Subway oatmeal cookie. But is it yummy? Yes. It is very yummy. Imagine a granola bar that is warm, HOT AND FRESH OUT THE KITCHEN. That’s what these cookies mean to me.
You will need:
2 cups of whole grain oats
2 very ripe bananas
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup applesauce
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
A literal pinch of baking powder
2 packets of Truvia (or a few drops of liquid stevia)
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
Now here is the fun part. Keep in mind I am kind of weird. You mash all of this stuff together with your hands. Or you can be civil and use a fancy Kitchenaid mixer of sorts. But, I think it’s fun to use your hands and it’s almost somewhat of an arm workout. (If you’re out of shape like me. Hah) Mix until VERY well blended. You can get intense and COMPLETELY mix it down to a dough in a mixer, I’m sure.
Spoon one little bit at a time, roll it around in your hand to create some shape, and flatten it out like a cookie. Place one by one on a greased baking sheet. Bake on 350 for 16-20 minutes.
My batch made 14 small cookies. They last about a week in an airtight container, so Mike and I ate two small cookies each morning.
These will definitely become a regular in our house. And I am SO glad oatmeal and I put our differences behind us so I can eat it ALL OF THE WAYS.
*Cool Hint: You can add WHATEVER you want to these. I think next time I would add some nuts of some kind. Or berries. Or both. MMMMM. Endless. Cookie. Possibilities.