Hello there. Happy Monday (night!) How’s it going? Going good ova here, I on a new kick called: Getting A Lot of Things Done on Monday. It’s where I get a bunch of junk done on Monday, that way the rest of the week just slides right on downhill. It’s totally fulfilling, surprisingly easy, and makes Tuesday that much better.
Like right now, I’m baking cupcakes. These cupcakes, to be exact. I’m using whole wheat pastry flour and perhaps a tad less butter in the frosting, well, maybe. Birthday cupcakes have less calories, right? Right.
Something I’m putting off till tomorrow is a new batch of lotion and deodorant, with a possible variation of both. I’ll be sure to share if successful.. so if I don’t tell you about it then you know I’m a total failure and can’t even recreate one of my own recipes. Either way, I am pretty excited to try out this new coconut oil, so sweetly sent to me by Tropical Traditions. I’ve been using it as eye makeup remover and like it so much better than the store bought stuff, who knew coconut oil could be used for anything?
Like for baking these here banana lemon drop cookies.
Inspired by the cookbook that came with my
love vitamix, they’re somewhat on the healthy side, but irresistable all the same. Don’t worry, you can make this in a regular blender too.
Originally they didn’t have any sugar, the ripe bananas add a natural sweetness, but I wanted to kick it up a tad on the cookie scale and added brown sugar. Or you could also add molasses, I think it’d compliment them really well.
The nuts and dates are interchangeable as well, vitamix used raisins, I was out of chocolate chips, but pretty much anything’s game.
Start your week of right with a slightly sweet treat and checking a few things off your list, it’s all downhill from here.
Vitamix Banana Lemon Drop Cookies
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 18-20 minutes
Ingredients (14 cookies)
- 2 ripe bananas
- 1/4-1/3 c. coconut oil
- 2 Tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp lemon extract, substitute vanilla extract
- 1 + 1/3 c. rolled oats
- 1/3 c. chopped nuts (I used pecans and almonds)
- 2-3 dates, rough chopped
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
To vitamix or blender add the banana, oil, sugar, extract, and 1 c. oats. Blend on high until smoothish. About 30 sec on high on the vitamix. You may have to scrap down the sides.
Add the nuts, dates and oats and incorporate with a spatula, you may find it easier to transfer this mix to a bowl and then add in the nuts/dates/oats, your choice.
Make 14 balls and transfer them to a parchment paper lined baking sheet, flatten them a little once on the baking sheet.
Bake for 18-20 minutes. Remove from oven, let cool for 1 minute then transfer to a cooling rack to finish cooling.