Recipe of the Week:

Mandy’s Dried Fruit Cookies
3/4 C mashed / pureed bananas
1/3 C vegetable oil (the higher the smoke-point the better)
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 C oat bran
1.5 C oatmeal
1.5 C dried fruit in small slices or dice (may be a mix)
1/2 C raw nuts or seeds (may be a mix)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix bananas, oil & salt together first. Work in bran, then oatmeal. Finally fold in fruit & nuts/seeds. Use a TBS measure or scoop to place dollops of dough on ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten slightly. Bake 20-25 min. or until slightly browned at the edges. Store in an air-tight container in a cool place or refrigerator.

Chef’s Notes:

I’ve used this one for years. It works with a wide variety of dried fruits, nuts and oils (coconut oil adds crunch) and is a fine way to use frozen overripe bananas. At 100 to 105 calories per cookie, three of them with a hot drink or milk make for a good breakfast on the go!

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