Improve Cooking Challenge ~ Bananas and Nutmeg

I was really considering sitting out on this month’s Improve Cooking Challenge.  I like bananas, but they don’t always like me, and the hubby is not a big fan of nutmeg.  As I was searching for a recipe I came across something that I thought would work.

I haven’t made a recipe from Jessica at How Sweet It Is for a long time.  This recipe for Breakfast Cookies caught my eye, especially when it called for a little bit of banana and a hint of cinnamon.  I thought cinnamon … nutmeg … I can substitute.  I have never made breakfast type cookies and they kind of remind me of scones.

Jan 17

This recipe is chock full of all kinds of good stuff!  Whole Wheat Flour, Oats, Flax, Peanut Butter and Fruit!  All hearty stuff needed for an active Ranch Wife.

I did make a few small changes. 

1.  I used Nutmeg vs. Cinnamon to meet the challenge requirements.

2.  I omitted the Chocolate Chips and added an equal amount of Craisins.

3.  I opted for Craisins vs. Dried Cherries.

Breakfast Cookies

1 large egg

1/4 C. Brown Sugar, loosely packed

2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract

2 Small Ripe Bananas, mashed

1 1/2 Tablespoon Honey

1/4 C. Butter, melted  

1 1/2 C. Whole Wheat Pastry Flour

1 C Old-Fashioned Oats

2 Tablespoons Ground Flaxseed

1/4 teaspoon Salt

1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg

1 teaspoon Baking Soda

2 Tablespoons Peanut Butter, melted

3/4 C. Craisins

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a bowl, mix flour, oats, salt, baking soda, nutmeg and flaxseed together, set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk egg and sugar together until smooth. Add in vanilla, banana, butter and honey and mix until combined.

Add in dry ingredients, gently mixing gently until the batter comes together.

Stir in melted peanut butter.

Fold in Craisins.

Using a 1/4 measuring cup or a large spoon, drop dollops of batter onto a baking sheet, placing them about 2 inches apart.

Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until set and lightly golden around the edges.

Cookies will hold their form during baking and but get a bit puffy and fat.  Makes about 12-16 cookies, depending on how big your scoop is.

Jan 17

These puffy cookies have a hint of sweetness and a strong taste of whole wheat goodness!  Just when you are least expecting it a trace of peanut butter, honey or banana hits your taste buds. 

Linking Up With:

Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop # 92 with Deborah and Deborah Jean’s Dandelion House, Heidi of My Simple Country Living  and Dolly of Hibiscus House

Kristen at Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker for the Improv Cooking Challenge

Check out Kristen’s blog to see what other cooks came up with for this month’s challenge.


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12 Responses to Improve Cooking Challenge ~ Bananas and Nutmeg

  1. Buttons says:

    Oh Robyn you must have read my mind. I am copying this down. My Hero is going to love them. I had some bananas to use up. I am heading off to bake them now. Thank you. Hug B

  2. Kristen says:

    What a great way to start the day! Those cookies look so hearty. Who can resist cookies for breakfast!!

  3. What great looking cookies! I love that they are so fluffy. Glad you could find something that allowed you to participate in the Improv Challenge! This was an easy one for me… I’m fortunate that B and I both love the ingredient combination. I made fried bananas with a brown sugar sauce.

  4. Liz says:

    Now this is one yummy way to start the day! I love that you added craisins instead of chocolate…..mmmmm.

  5. Thank you for sharing this recipe with your banana and nutmeg revisions, Robyn. Looking at your photos makes me want to bake up a batch of the wholesome treats.

  6. Mel says:

    I love any excuse to eat cookies for breakfast! Great choice for the challenge!

  7. Candy C. says:

    Who wouldn’t want cookies for breakfast?!? 😉
    These sound like a great alternative to the standard banana bread for using up those ripe bananas!

    • Candy C. says:

      So, I made these just now and they are GREAT!! I had two lonely banans hanging there that I was on the verge of just throwing away. I used my Baking Mix instead of the flour, etc. and used chocolate chips AND Craisins and nutmeg AND cinnamon.
      Thanks Robyn!! 🙂

  8. Tanya says:

    i’m going to have to pin these puppies!

  9. Deanna Segrave-Daly (@tspbasil) says:

    Love the idea of bananas in cookies (+ peanut butter + oats + honey) and having them for breakfast – sign me up!

  10. Lisa~~ says:

    Love that you used craisins, your cookies look and sound delicious.

    My Improv Cooking Challenge entry this month: Baked Bananas, hope that you’ll stop over and check the recipe out.

    Lisa~~

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