Sounds exciting, right? Ooh, I promise, they are!
This evening after dinner my husband decided to cut the grass. Our lawn is rather large, so I knew it would take him a while, and I figured I’d use my free time to bake something. Usually, the mood to bake strikes at a time when I am not able to go to the store, and tonight was no different. As a result, I end up foraging in the pantry and fridge to see what I can put together. This accidental mash-up just happens to be a masterpiece.
Here are the ingredients I found and mixed together. I didn’t do any exact measuring, sorry. I don’t really cook that way.
[Preheat oven to 350 degrees.] I started with one medium-ripe banana, mashed with a fork. Add some oats. Eyeballed, I’d call it 1/2 cup. Sprinkle some cinnamon, because I put cinnamon in everything. Cut up some Green and Black’s Organic 85% Dark Chocolate, wipe drool from face, wash hands, continue.
Add a generous serving – maybe 2 tsp – of Agave nectar. [Not pictured is a packet of nuts from a popular fast food chain. It was really just a handful of pecans, so I chopped them up and added.] As the ingredients fall into the bowl, this mixture already smells amazing. I don’t really love the idea of chewing raw oats, otherwise I probably would have just eaten it all with big spoon, no baking required.
I suppose you could put these on parchment paper, if that’s your thing, but like I said before these were spur-of-the-moment fluke cookies, so I just lightly sprayed a cookie sheet with non-stick spray and scooped them out. I ended up with 6 cookies. Perfect. Five for me, one for husband if he finishes mowing the lawn in time. Maybe.
Place the cookie sheet with these divinely aromatic balls of sweet misadventure into the oven and bake for 12-15 minutes. Mine took closer to 15 minutes. Be careful not to leave them in too long expecting them to harden like cookies do. These are made of banana. They are supposed to be squishy. Scoop onto a rack or plate and allow to cool [if you can stand the wait.] Me, I ate one piping hot and it was worth the burn on my lip.
I must say, particularly for something I didn’t mean to do, these “Calamity Cookies” are one of my finest culinary achievements. Pros: they took all of about 20 minutes, start to finish. There’s virtually no clean-up. And the nutrition! These cookies are totally healthy, great for kids’ snack or for when friends pop over. I made sure to scribble on a notepad a rough estimate and description so that I can make them again one day. Oh, and if you’re wondering, Husband did finish his chores in time to try one.