SIMPLE BAKE BANANA OATMEAL BALLS
Two foods we always have on hand, year round, are oatmeal and bananas so we decided to see what we could come up with using just those two ingredients. This simple bake recipe is b-a-n-a-n-as good! We've eaten them with no "sides", as my kids call them, and we've also had them topped with chocolate chips, sprinkles, and a dash of vanilla. I think honey might be tasty, too. Crushed walnuts sound good but due to allergies, we've never tried it. Let me know if you do!
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.
2 cups of quick oats
4 large over ripe bananas (old, squishy, speckled bananas are ideal in texture and sweetness but yellow ones work "okayish" if you're in a pinch)
Making these cookies reminds me of rice krispies treats -top with whatever sides you like or have on hand (honey, chopped nuts, chocolate chips, carob chips, sprinkles, or a heaping scoop of peanut butter). Just have fun!
ProMom Tip: If you are having little helpers mix the bananas and oatmeal, use a tall bowl or big one to minimize spillage. If you are blessed to have multiple helpers, you can split the ingredients into separate bowls for mixing and then combine them one your helpers are done. This will shut down any fights about "who gets to mix!" Mix the bananas and oatmeal with a fork or masher. Mix well until all the dry oatmeal sticks to the banana. Next, toss in your sides of choice. Drop spoonful sized balls onto a greased or lined baking sheet. You don't have to space them too far apart as they do not spread as traditional cookies do during bake time. Each ball pretty much keeps to himself in the oven. Bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees. Cool for 5 minutes. Eat and enjoy!
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