It's been a while... a long while. I've had this recipe sitting unpublished for a long time. Truth is that things just got really busy. This sounds lame I realize but it's the truth. Another truth is that my kids have been using the computer a lot and once they are done using the computer it's late (or it feels like it) and my brain has nothing left in it (sad face). Also, I've been away on tour with the crazy school I work for. It's a concert tour of course, so while I'm chaperoning half of the grade 9 class I am also the designated stage manager for all concerts... easy right? Then there's that other thing where my kitchen is getting slowly ripped out. This is a good thing of course but it takes a long time and it's messy and although I'm really excited about what it's going to look like once it's done, it hasn't added to my kitchen malaise. This brings me to yet another truth - my kitchen malaise.
I don't know what to do. I don't care about eating or cooking or baking. I'm phoning it in. Going through the motions. Looking after the bare necessities. Reality is though that I have not even the remotest interest in getting creative. I am being driven by pure need and nothing else. The only redeeming moment was when I finally and (hopefully) forever jumped over the hurdle that is 'Trinidad Pelau'. I think that I've got it... and yes, I will share eventually. It is totally worth sharing.
Here I am sitting in my ripped up house, trying to feel happy that it's spring (I think... I hope) finally, hearing about garlic scapes and stinging nettle and whatever else is popping up out of the newly thawed earth and none of it is doing anything for me. Not peaking my interest in the slightest.
I am equal parts hand wringing and apathetic.
I haven't even made ice cream. This should give you some idea as to how serious the problem is.
I'm sure that this all will pass. It will. Meanwhile, about a month ago the banana convention in the freezer started to get rowdy again and I had to drum up something to do with them. The freezer party happened to coincide beautifully with a popcorn blitz that kid #1 was experiencing. I remembered reading a recipe that combined both with chocolate and managed to gather enough energy and inspiration to throw this cookie recipe together.
|Who can resist a face like this? I will admit to being inspired by it just a little.|
Banana, Oatmeal, Chocolate Chunk, Popcorn Cookies adapted from 'Supernatural Everyday'
makes about 2 1/2 doz medium sized cookies
1 1/2 cups oats
1 1/2 cups unbleached, all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
3 overripe bananas
1/4 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
3/4 cups sugar
1 tbsp vanilla
1 cup chocolate chunks (dark chocolate - about 70% cocoa solids)
2 cups (approx) popped corn
Combine the oats, flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt together. Mix well and set aside.
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment or a silicon liner.
Mix together (I used a hand mixer) the bananas and butter for about 1 minute or until the butter is completely combined with the banana. Add in the egg and sugar and continue to mix until completely combined. Add the vanilla and stir to mix.
Add the oat/flour mixture and mix together by hand until completely incorporated together.
Add in the chocolate and mix well.
Gently fold in the popcorn little by little until the batter can't take any more.
Drop onto the prepared cookie sheet in about 2 tbsp heaps leaving about 1 1/2 inches in between each mound.
Bake for about 14 minutes or until the cookies are turning golden at the edges.
Cool and store in an airtight container.
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