These banana breakfast cookies have appeal for most

There I was in my all-too-familiar predicament. I was looking at a couple extremely ripe bananas sitting sadly on the counter, crying out to me to create something delicious out of them.

Not being in the mood to churn out a loaf of bread, I went to the Internet for some inspiration and was intrigued by something I didn?t know even existed: breakfast cookies.

Now, I?ve long been a proponent of eating cake for breakfast?if a sugary doughnut counts as breakfast, cake can?t possibly be left out?but I hadn?t yet stumbled upon the idea of eating cookies in the morning.

Before you hide the newspaper from the kids in your house who are now out of school and undoubtedly pawing through the pantry for any snacks they can get their hands on, these cookies are actually pretty darn healthy in addition to being pretty darn good.

I found this recipe on SkinnyTaste.com, which is a blog written by Gina Homolka. If the pictures didn?t look so enticing, I probably would have immediately clicked away from her site (don?t trust a skinny cook), but after tasting these cookies, I?m of the opinion that Gina has done a good job of creating something good-for-you that doesn?t taste like cardboard, so I?m in.

You can find her recipe at http://www.skinnytaste.com/2013/09/chewy-chocolate-chip-oatmeal-breakfast.html#_a5y_p=1181857.

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Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

Ingredients

2 medium ripe bananas, mashed (I ended up using three)

1 cup quick oats (uncooked)

1/4 cup chocolate chips

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Fully incorporate the bananas and quick oats in a bowl. (Using a potato masher to really squish up the bananas makes quick work of this step.)

Add the chocolate chips (you could easily add dried fruit like raisins or cranberries or add nuts instead) and stir until the ingredients are well-combined.

Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick spray and scoop the mixture onto the cookie sheet using a tablespoon. They don?t spread out a ton, so you can put them fairly close together.

Bake for 15 minutes.

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These make for chewy cookies. I thought they were a little like the consistency of a coconut macaroon.

It?s yet another good idea for using up overripe bananas, and I don?t know about you, but I?m all for grabbing some cookies in the morning, especially if they?re part of a healthy breakfast.

Unfortunately, it probably hasn?t helped me learn my lesson about buying smaller bunches of bananas.

In fact, I?m pretty sure there?s another bunch crying out to me from the counter. I wonder if I have any chocolate chips?.