I’m sure you’ve seen the posts on the internet about these amazing two ingredient cookies. So I decided to try them. The two ingredients are bananas and oatmeal. Simple enough, right? Actually, it truly is. You mash 3 overripe bananas (overripe because that is when they are their sweetest), ground some oats, mix the two together and bake them at 375º for 10-12 minutes. At least so say the multitude of articles I read for these cookies.
Here’s the thing, if you don’t mind some pretty bland cookies, though they have a twinge of sweet to them, but not much at all, to be honest, then those two ingredients are absolutely all you need. If you’re anything like me, you kind of crave a little more, and even for healthy treats, you kind of want some flavor to the darn things. I mean, I don’t know about you, but I loathe the taste of rice cakes. If I wanted to eat empty, tasteless calories, I’d go for plain celery. Which I can’t do, lol, but that’s another story.
Staying in the realms of somewhat healthy, I had to add a few things to spice up the cookies. 😉
First, I took my three overripe bananas….
And I mashed them…
Then I took 2 cups of Old Fashioned Oats, put them in my Vitamix, and ground them up…
***Note: You don’t have to grind the oats to a fine powder. I actually think it gives them a bit more texture if you don’t.
Then I put the flour in with the bananas. I also added some brown sugar, nutmeg, ground cloves, cinnamon, and raisins.
And I mixed that just until blended…
I baked them in the oven at 375º for about 13 minutes.
I will tell you this, these “cookies” turned out so good, that there were only a few left when I went to put them away, and mostly because my husband ate them. So, there you have it, ladies, a healthy snack the man will eat. 😀
Having made these once, there are things I will make sure to do the next time around, and I’m going to share them with you so your first batch can be even better than mine were. 😀
1. Use parchment paper.
The first batch, I opted not to. And that’s because I thought my badass cookie sheets would have no problem with pulling these bad boys off. Had they not sat for a couple of minutes on the cookie sheet (gotta love a toddler screaming for mom!), they might have come off easy. But the second batch, I put a piece of parchment paper down, and it popped off, even after sitting on the cookie sheet for a few minutes.
2. Bake them LONGER.
Normal cookies, yes, 10-12 minutes is more than enough. These, however, are very moist cookies because of the bananas. I baked my second batch for about 15-17 minutes, and that batch far exceeded the first batch. They held together better, and had a better texture to them over the first batch.
3. Don’t be afraid to toss in spices!!
I baked one cookie with just the bananas and the oats, because, hey, two ingredient cookies, um, YEAH!! But, no, lol. For an extra 20-25 calories a cookie, I will happily add in some spices and raisins. Definitely raisins, that was a delicious addition!
4. If you add nothing else, add vanilla.
Vanilla doesn’t add any calories or anything to the nutritional value of the cookie. What it DOES do, is add a little oomph. It knocks the flavor up just a little. Takes the two ingredient cookie to three ingredients, and it doesn’t taste so bland. Want to make it even better? Add rum extract instead. Y~U~M!
So there you have it. The two ingredient cookie turned into an eight ingredient cookie, and still under 100 calories per cookie.
My 2 Ingredient Cookie Recipe:
3 Overripe Bananas
2 C Old Fashioned Oats, ground
1/4 tsp Nutmeg
1/4 tsp Ground Cloves
1 TBSP Cinnamon
1 TBSP Light Brown Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla
3 oz. Raisins (roughly 1 cup)