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Can cookies be made with just two ingredients? At first I was very skeptical and thought: “no, this is impossible, two ingredient cookies are absolutely impossible!” Then I came across an American recipe called exaclty “two-ingredient cookies” (all extravagant and ingenious things originate from America!) to make simple, vegan friendly, healthy cookies with only oatmeal and bananas, that really looked good in the pictures, so I thought I would experiment.
I already had all the ingredients in the house (only two… did not require a lot of effort!), a couple of somewhat ripe bananas and oatmeal left over from Sara’s oatmeal and chocolate cookies I made for Christmas, so why not try? I followed the simple instructions and in about fifteen minutes I had made five absolutely satisfying “test” cookies.
- 1 banana
- 50 g of rolled oats (approximately)
- extra ingredients to taste: chocolate chips, dried cranberries, pine nuts, walnuts, raisins, vanilla extract etc.
- With a potato masher or a fork, crush the banana until you obtain a puree that is not too thin: keep it chuncky. Mix the rolled oats with the banana, keeping in mind that the amount may vary obviously depending on the size of the banana, but you must obtain a mixture that is not too moist.
- Prepare a baking sheet covered with baking paper and pour the dough by the spoonful, pressing it slightly to give the cookies the classic round shape. These amounts yielded five cookies for me, of about 6 cm diameter.
- Add any extra ingredients you might like (chocolate chips, dried cranberries, pine nuts, walnuts, raisins, etc.) on top of the cookies with light pressure, then transfer the baking sheet to the freezer for 5/10 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 180°, then put the baking sheet with the cookies in the oven.
- Bake the cookies for 15 minutes, then take them out and gently remove them from the baking paper with the help of a spatula.
- Eat your delicious, healthy two ingredient cookies right away, or keep them in a metal tin and quickly warm them up in the oven or toaster before serving.
Silly notice: I don’t need to remind you that these cookies will taste like banana, right? Otherwise, what else would they taste like? If all goes well, they might taste like some of the things you have added, but the banana flavor is there and will stand out. Thus, just a thought, if you do not like bananas, try something else, like the Nutella muffins with only three ingredients? They are very easy to make. Or the my small pizzas with only two ingredients, also ready in 5 minutes. In short, the alternatives are there, so I do not want to hear that I forced you to eat bananas against your will, OK?