Oatmeal Banana cookies

What do you do when you have a huge head of bananas?

Slice them, freeze them, and make yummy things. When they thaw they aren’t as firm as fresh bananas but they are still good as snacks, especially if still a bit frozen, and they are perfectly fine for anything you might want to make. Banana bread is fantastic but since I try to control my weight and eat healthy, I was looking for a healthy snack.

These are basically oatmeal, bananas, a little applesauce, and optional fruit or nuts. Mix all this together –

1 cup ripe mashed banana
2 cups oatmeal (the quick cooking kind is best)
1/4 cup milk (any kind you like)
1/3 cup apple sauce (unsweetened)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon (or to taste. I used 2)
1 teaspoon vanilla (or to taste. I used 2)
1/4 (or more) cup of any additions you like eg: dried fruit, nuts. I used almost 1\2 cup of raisins

Put spoonfuls on a greased cookie sheet, flatten gently with a fork, bake at 350 for 16-18 minutes until they feel firm and dry on top.

I got 18 cookies, slightly chewy and very satisfying. I don’t think you can mess them up so adjust any seasonings and additions to your own taste. I store mine in the freezer because when frozen, they take longer to eat and they can’t go bad or get ants (we have more kinds of ants here than you would believe!)

On other subjects, not too much else going on. We are anxiously waiting for rain to break this beastly hot, dry weather. There are serious water problems all over Panama from lack of rain. Our water plant is working at about 25% capacity because the rivers are so low and I am SO thankful for our water tank. The water was off from Friday morning until late Saturday night, and then came in at a trickle but at least our tank is full again this morning. More serious, lack of water affects the capacity of traffic in the Panama Canal, the country’s ability to make hydroelectric power, and the lives of livestock in some areas. There have been electricity restrictions in the past (no A/C in businesses during daytime hours) but I haven’t heard about that this year. Maybe all the windmills are helping.

Mangoes continue to fall from the trees and my stash in the freezer is growing, along with the chunks of frozen lemon juice from our very productive tree. I haven’t been biking as much as I should, but we have a number of new songs in the band coming out tonight or in the next couple weeks. I practice outside sometimes (with headphones) and enjoy the many birds who come to the birdbath. Life is hot and dry but still very good in Panama.

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About Kris Cunningham

We live in David, Chiriqui Provence, Republic of Panama! This blog is about some of our experiences in our new country.
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9 Responses to Oatmeal Banana cookies

  1. susie says:

    I used to throw away so many over ripe bananas but like you when they start getting too soft I just slice them up freeze them on a flat tray….then transfer them to a freezer bag and now I always have bananas ready for just about anything….mostly smoothies…but yesterday I actually pulled some out of the freezer and added them to my blueberry muffins!….Yum!

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  2. Lydia says:

    Thanks for the cookie recipe. My freezer is full of ripe bananas. Nice & easy change from Banana bread.

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  3. Laureen says:

    Thanks for sharing your recipe! I’ve got three big heads of bananas coming ready to harvest soon, and those cookies will be a good item to stash in the freezer. We have been busy here the last month or so, and it looks like it isn’t going to slow down until May. I’ll have cookies to serve the various groups that will be here.

    Our rainy season does not start until mid June, so we are conservative with our water too, but I’m not complaining. We do get water coming in to fill our tanks usually 3-4 hours per day. We have enough water to drink, shower, and water the garden…life is good.
    When are you going to come visit?

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    • Interesting you should ask. Our friends have gotten the travel bug. Right now they have their sights on Colombia, but I’ve been interested in Guadalajara and your area ever since my bike trip so who knows. Are up up for a couple more people? Non English speaking lovely Panamanians? If it seems possible we will talk!
      at the moment it is pouring rain!!

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  4. simplywendi says:

    oh my goodness, that is a lot of bananas!

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