chocolate walnut banana bread cookies

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Do you ever not wash your hair for 3 days? Because on day 2 it's still marginally cute from the painstaking blowout you administered on day 1? And then on day 3 you keep telling yourself (and maybe others) that you're about to workout? And then before you know it the whole day goes by without any exercise (even though you wore workout clothes all day) and so you think why should I wash my hair tonight if I'm just gonna workout in the morning and have to wash it then? And then you start rationalizing that Americans shower way too often and start imagining yourself as European and dirty but like in a sexy way?   

Me neither.

Do you ever commence baking at 9am and call it your "work" or your "art" or whatever you need to tell yourself to feel okay about eating cookies for breakfast?

Me neither.

Okay, I'm lying.  But in my defense, these cookies have a banana bread-quality to them, which in my mind means they exhibit Breakfast Properties.

And hello?!  There's OATS!

Chocolate Walnut Banana Bread Cookies
(adapted from a ripped out page of a magazine whose name I cannot recall for the life of me)

3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 t baking soda
1 t kosher salt
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 t vanilla
1 large egg
1 super ripe banana, mashed
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup toasted walnuts, chopped
8 oz. (or more--nobody's looking) chocolate chips**

**I'm a big, giant fan of Ghirardelli's 60% cacao bittersweet chips.  They are awesome.  But you can substitute semi-sweet chips or any kind of chocolate that makes your heart go pitter-pat.

Preheat oven to 375.  

Mix the flours, baking soda and salt together in a bowl, set aside.  In a mixer, cream the butter and sugars together with the paddle attachment.  Add the egg and vanilla and mix until combined.  Then add the banana and mix.  Add the flour mixture gradually and mix until just combined, scraping the sides of the bowl when necessary.  Stir in the oats, walnuts and chocolate.

Drop by 2T blobs onto a parchment lined cookie sheet, about 2" apart.  Bake for 12-13 minutes or until golden brown.  If you think of it, turn the baking sheets once during baking for even browning.  Cool on racks.

I'm off to workout.  And then have more cookies.  And then take a shower.  I swear.


  1. well, it was only a matter of time... you made a face out of your ingredients. Can't wait to get home and try them.

  2. Where did you get your insight/humor? :) Send me some!! xoxo

  3. You know what? You're "cool on racks", too.

  4. yum!

  5. These are awesome! Thank you for sharing.


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