While browsing through flickr/blogs, I came across Joyful Abode. Totally fun. I was intrigued by her recipe for Chewy Oatmeal Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies, aka "Curious George Cookies." I couldn't stop thinking about them for a few days... a good sign I should go to the grocery store and get started. So, I did.
I made a few adjustments. The big one: My version is vegan. The little ones: Deleted cloves, reduced flour, more chocolate chips
I think my adjustments are such that this cookie could actually be considered a version, or cousin of "Curious George" and therefore deserve a new name... hence, "Bluth Banana Cookies."
Bluth Banana Cookies
1 cup vegan sugar (no cane sugar)
1 cup vegan butter, slightly less, Earth Balance is my favorite
3 teaspoons Ener-G egg replacer
4 1/2 tablespoons warm water
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 3/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, slightly less
5 ripe bananas, mashed
2 1/2 cup roll oats (not quick oats)
1 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Preheat Oven to 375
In a large bowl, cream together sugar and "butter"
In a small bowl, combine egg replacer and warm water, whisk until frothy and no lumps
Add egg replacer and vanilla to sugar/"butter" combo, stir to evenly distribute
Sift in flour, baking soda, and cinnamon
Stir well until blended
Mix in bananas and oats until well combined.
Mix in chocolate chips.*
Drop onto baking sheet, smoosh them down if you like flatter cookies, they won't spread much during baking.
Bake approximately 10 minutes. Remove while still "raw" looking for chewy cookies.
For GOB Bluth Banana Cookies, reduce oatmeal to 2 cups, add 3/4 cups chopped peanuts
*The dough for these cookies is highly delicious, please consider that it is also vegan and will not kill you with salmonella. Please indulge.