My kids eat around the clock.  Providing them with healthy, tasty optionscan be difficult at times but every once in awhile I have an amazing idea.  Yesterday I was thinking about making bananabread and my son wanted oatmeal cookies so I had this great idea to make bananaoatmeal cookies.  I looked around forrecipes and this is what I came up with. I added a healthier twist and some more fruits.

Preparation time:15 minutes and 12 minutes baking each batch.


4 Ripe Bananas (about 2 cups)

Juice of 2 tangerines (optional)

1 cup white flour

2 cups whole wheat flour

3 teaspoons cinnamon

½ teaspoon nutmeg

1 teaspoon baking powder

3 cups oatmeal

1 cup butter

1 ½ cups brown sugar

2 eggs

1 cup shredded coconut (optional)


1.      Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Peel andmash the bananas then add tangerine juice and mix.

2.      In a large mixing bowl mix together white flour,whole wheat flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and baking powder. Once mixed together,add oatmeal and coconut and stir again.  Inanother bowl beat eggs, sugar and soft butter.

3.      Mix contents of all three bowls together.  Spoon dollops of cookie batter on to cookietray and bake for 12 minutes. Makes 48 cookies.


Each cookie provides 140 calories and 2 grams of fiber (whichis pretty good for just one cookie), 18.5 grams of sodium (this is extremelylow), 3.2 grams of protein (considering it is only one cookie also good), 11.8grams of sugar (a little bit on the high side, you can reduce that by onlyusing 1 cup of sugar) and 6 grams of fat 2.3 of which are healthy fats.  These cookies also provide some vitamins andminerals although they are not high they are still there: vitamins A, B-12,B-6, C, D, E, pantothenic acid and minerals calcium, copper, folate, iron,magnesium, manganese, niacin, phosphorus, riboflavin, selenium, thiamin andzinc.

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