Banana Berry Breakfast Cookies

I’m making cookies for our annual Cookie Walk at church.  These cookies are not only delicious, but they are packed with fibre and flavor.  Enjoy!

Banana Berry Breakfast Cookies (This recipe makes about 3 dozen small cookies.)

Banana Berry Breakfast Cookies

Banana Berry Breakfast Cookies

Butter, softened – 1 1/2 sticks

Sugar, granulated – 2/3 cup

Egg – 1

Flour, all-purpose – 1 cup

Penzey’s Pumpkin Pie Spice* – 1 teaspoon

Oats, old-fashioned – 1 cup

Dried berries** – 1 1/2 cups

Bananas, ripe & sliced – 2

Pecans, chopped – 1 cup

 

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.

Place butter and sugar into a large electric mixing bowl and cream on low speed.  Beat in the egg and spices.  Beat in the flour until well blended, then remove from mixer.  Add in oats, berries and pecans until thoroughly mixed.  Finally, fold in the banana carefully so as not to mash them.

Drop onto a cookie sheet using a teaspoon.  Bake for 10 minutes or until the edges begin to turn golden brown.  Allow to briefly cool on cookie sheet before transferring to a cooling rack.

*I grab Penzey’s Pumpkin Pie Spice mix when I want lots of flavor but don’t want to mess with the individual spices.  This mixture has cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, ginger, mace and cloves.  If you don’t have this ingredient, substitute 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, and 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg.

**Any dried berries will do, but I use 1/2 cup each of dried cranberries, blueberries, and pomegranates.  Experiment with the fruits you like.

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Cranberry Banana Applesauce Bread

Cranberry Banana Applesauce Bread

Cranberry Banana Applesauce Bread

3 ripe bananas

½ cup fresh cranberries

1 cup sugar

½ cup applesauce

2 eggs

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tbsp. baking powder

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. vanilla extract

2 cups flour

 

Place bananas in a large bowl and mash with an electric mixer.  Finely chop cranberries and add to bananas.  Stir in the sugar, then let mixture rest 15 minutes.  Add the eggs and applesauce; beat well. Add in the baking soda and baking powder, vanilla and salt and beat until mixed.  Gradually beat in the flour until thoroughly mixed.  Pour mixture into a 9×5-inch loaf pan coated with non-stick spray.

Bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the loaf comes out clean.  Remove from oven and let rest 10 minutes before removing from pan.

Makes 1 loaf.