Banana Chocolate Oat Cookies | Vegan


I've been eyeing up these cookies for a while; chocolate and banana is a combo from heaven. I found this recipe in my plant-based book by.........but I made a couple changes to make them more a little more my own. I like how you can omit and add extras to tailor to what you fancy whether that be swapping the chocolate chunks for raisins, adding some chopped nuts instead of the coconut - do what you gotta do. Whatever ingredient route you take, these babies are super filling and satisfying - you might even be able to get away with having a couple for brekky. They're also the perfect accompaniment to a good cuppa. 


Ingredients: (Makes Approx 14)
1 medium ripe banana
55g granulated sugar
50g brown sugar
Chia seed egg (1 tbsp ground chia seeds, 3 tbsp water, left for 15 mins)
1tsp vanilla extract
125g wholemeal flour
170g rolled oats
1\2 tsp bicarb of soda
1/2 tsp cinamon
1/2 tsp salt
2tbsp dessicated coconut
However much dark chocolate you want, cut into chunks

Method:
1. Prep the chia seed egg
2. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius and line 2 baking trays
3. Mash the banana with the sugars, chia egg (when ready) and vanilla extract until smooth
4. Fold in the flour, oats, bicarbonate of soda, cinamon, salt and chocolate chunks and coconut into the banana mixture. Use your hands if necessary - the mixture will be particularly thick. Add a splash of nut/soya milk if necessary.
5. Grab balls of dough and place onto the baking trays, spacing them appropriately (don't worry, they don't melt down like normal cookies) and pat them down to desired thickness. 
6. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden. My oven is quite good and I prefer to slightly underbake as they continue cooking when they're out.

And there you go! It's a really simple recipe and something a little different. They're amazing when still warm with the gooey chocolate an' all. I would note that to pat them more thinly than you think - approx 1cm (or until their breaking point) as they're so oaty and filling. They can keep for a few days in a sealed container, but ours lasted less than 24 hours. I'm actually making them again tonight as I'm travelling back to Newcastle tomorrow and they'll keep me going whilst on my 5 hour journey. I. Cannot. Wait.

Let me know what you think - if you decide to make them, please let me know!

K.