Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

The textures of chewy oatmeal, crunchy nuts and creamy chocolate chips make for a delightful contrast in these cinnamon spiced cookies. Even the youngest chefs will have fun mashing the banana with a fork and mixing in the oatmeal with their hands. This recipe was used in The Kids Cook Monday pilot with Columbia University Teachers College and the Harlem Health Promotion Center.

Adult:  Preheat an oven to 350. Lightly grease two baking sheets.

Kid: Mash the banana with a fork in a mixing bowl.

Together: Add the canola oil, sugar and vanilla and mix well with a fork. Add the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon and mix until just moistened.

Kid: Add the oatmeal, walnuts if using and chocolate chips. Mix well with your hands until the oatmeal is moist.

Together:  Clean your hands and roll the dough into a ball a little bit smaller than a golf ball. Flatten a bit with your hands and place on the prepared cookie sheet, then continue with the remaining dough. Place the dough discs 2 inches apart on the cookie sheet.

Adult:  Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the cookies are lightly browned. Let cool on the cookie sheets for 2 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack.

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