So, if you buy a bunch of bananas and one or two get too brown for your liking, leave the banana out to get fully brown (but not so brown that it’s starting to fall apart), and then put it in the freezer. Seriously, just throw the brown banana in the freezer until you’re ready to use it. It’ll last for a few months there, and will make a great ingredient in cookies, well, like this one. This is a pretty simple recipe that’s not too sweet, but has a really nice banana flavor to it.
If you like that sort of thing.
· ½ cup butter, softened to room temperature
· 1 cup sugar
· 1/3 cup ripe banana, mashed up (room temperature, so take it out of the freezer before you’re ready to use it and let it defrost)
· 1 ½ t vanilla
· 1 egg
· 2 ¼ cups flour
· 1 t baking soda
· 1/8 t ground nutmeg
· 1 3/4 cups granola (no raisins, because they’re evil and they actually don’t really go here, anyway)
DirectionsMix the butter and sugar with a hand mixer until light and fluffy, maybe three minutes. Next, add in the banana, vanilla and egg and beat that as well until well blended.
In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda and nutmeg. Then, add that mixture to the butter mixture and mix once again, until well blended.
Pour in the granola and mix that in with a wooden spoon – don’t use the mixer. Once you’re done there, drop them by tablespoons onto a cookie sheet coated with parchment paper.
Bake at 325 for 13-15 minutes, or until they start to brown. Let them set on the pan for a couple minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to finish cooling.