Oatmeal Raisin/Chocolate Cookie

Hello friends,

I’ve now made these cookies twice, so I think it’s a success that I can share. I’m gradually making myself like bananas, since many recent recipes include bananas. These are relatively healthy cookies that provide fiber and protein. I discovered this recipe on Pinterest from Olives ‘n’ Wine . I slightly changed the ingredients and made into cookies instead of muffins. The first time I lined muffin tins, but the second time I used parchment paper on a cookie sheet.

Ingredients:
– 2 medium ripe bananas
– 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
– 1/4 cup raisins
– 1 tbsp cinnamon
– 2 cups plain oatmeal (quick or regular)
– 2 tbsp mini chocolate chips

Yields: 1 dozen

Directions:
– Preheat oven to 350F.
– Mash the two bananas then add the creamy peanut butter. (I used a hand mixer to get the batter smooth.)
– Add cinnamon and oatmeal into batter.
– Add raisins and mini chocolate chips.
– Hand stir until the ingredients are thoroughly mixed.
– Put parchment paper onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
– Drop cookie batter onto the cookie sheet. (These cookies won’t rise or spread out, so you can place near each other. Flatten the batter with a spoon.)
– Bake in the oven for about 20 mins or until slightly brown.
– Remove from sheet onto cooling rack.

The finished cookies are dense and hardy. I think they’re filling between meals or when you want a treat. You can try adding different things, such as nuts. I put the ingredients into my Lose It! app to determine the nutritional values.

1 cookie =
Calories 135
Fat 5.2 g
Sat Fat 1.3 g
Sodium 35 mg
Carb. 19 g
Fiber 3.9 g

Have a tasty day!

Love,

Caroline

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Instagram Love with Pancakes

Good Morning readers,

I’ve recently found a new love – Instagram. I know, I know Instagram isn’t really a new thing. However, to me it’s a new goodie that I’ve thankfully haven’t been too addicted to yet. I love taking photos, so it’s a fun way to simply share one photo that maybe the rest of the world thinks is great. It’s a thrill getting just a few ‘likes’ for a photo I’m proud of. On the flip side, I’m surprised when no one ‘likes’ my photo that surely seems awesome to me. Oh well. It’s just another social media source.

I’ve also gotten into eating healthier, so of course I turned to another social media, Pinterest, for ideas. Oh Pinterest how you tease, inspire, and wow me with ideas. There are common questions that probably go through a fellow ‘pinner’:  ‘Gee, why didn’t I think of that brilliant idea? Hmm, I wonder if it really turns out like that?’. This past weekend I made three Pinterest recipes, which all were a success. (I’ve also had disasters.) I decided to share my banana pancakes recipe with you.

This is where Instagram, Pinterest, and now WordPress all come together. I cooked these pancakes then immediately thought: ‘Hey, the rest of the world must surely see how delicious my breakfast looks’. I then thought: ‘Hey, I should share this on my blog’. How did people share information before all this social media? They probably used the ‘old fashioned’ social interaction – *gasp* the landline telephone, passing recipe cards in person, or mailing a note.

I’m now going to share with you my banana pancakes. This was my third attempt, so perhaps third times the charm. The recipe is very basic. This is for one serving.

1 medium ripe banana
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
optional: 1-2 tablespoons oatmeal for thickness

The first time I used a hand mixer, which worked fine but wasn’t so smooth. I now used a Vitamix or similar blender to get a smooth, blended batter. The oatmeal was a new addition, because I wanted to add more heartiness. I honestly think this is one serving with a large pancake or about three small pancakes. Another secret is that I prepared the batter the night before ready in the morning. The very best part – it doesn’t taste too much like banana! I topped my pancakes with berries, but you can jazz yours up with anything. I like that it’s so simple and good for you. Here is my Instagram photo of my banana pancake this morning:   

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                                                                                           Have a delightful day!

Love,

Caroline

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