Fast, Cheap and Easy Meal Ideas: Oatmeal Banana Cookies

Basically these cookies turn into a meal at our house because we eat the whole batch.  So, I felt like they’d be a great first entry in my collection of Fast, Cheap and Easy Meal Ideas.  These cookies really satisfy my coffee and pastry breakfast cravings but don’t get sickening quick like a coffee and cinnamon roll every day does (I was actually shocked to find this out because I love cinnamon rolls).

The idea for this recipe came from a peanut butter oatmeal banana cookie recipe that was floating around on Pinterest.  We tried it out and found that it was so easy and so cheap that I was making them as a healthy snack every day.

We’ve tried mixing up the flavours by adding dates, raisins, vanilla, and cinnamon.  Dates have been our favourite so far.  We tried swapping out the bananas for applesauce a couple of times.  The applesauce cookies were ok, but we did prefer the banana ones.  We’ve used quick oats and large flake oats and both worked fine.

After all of the trials what we ended up with was an even easier two ingredient recipe.  The cookies don’t keep very well (but they don’t have to in our house) and have an interesting kinda chewy texture.

The only cookie left by nap time.

How Cheap Are These Cookies?

Oatmeal: $0.20
Bananas: $0.20
Total: $0.40

That’s under $0.04 each!

The Recipe (Makes 12)

  1. Mash two bananas that are getting old.
  2. Mix in a cup of oatmeal and any extras you think would taste yummy.
  3. Roll the mixture into balls and lightly pat down on a greased baking sheet.  
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes.    

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