I seriously don't know how I ever lived (or at least cooked) without these things. If you like to bake, do yourself a favor and get some of these bad boys.
Silicone Baking Mat - Non Stick Bakeware - 2 Piece Set - Best for Cookies, Pretzels, Pizzas and More - Large Enough for Almost Any Cooking or Pastry Need - Perfect Fit for Half Size Baking Sheet
So I make these on a regular basis for my sweetie to take to work. For years he took granola bars, but those are really just glorified candy bars full of corn syrup. Now if we run out he harangues me for the next batch. I start with a basic recipe and tweak it to add different goodies :-) This is super nutritious and filling- they get him through the day and now his co-workers always try to gank some off of him- I'm starting to get requests from his starving co-workers who work too hard to get a break.
These take no time at all to whip up and while I do call them cookies, they're more like a soft chewy granola bar.
3 ripe bananas (this is a great way to use up bananas that have gotten too squishy)
2 cups rolled oats
1/3 cup fruit sauce (apple sauce for example. I made a batch with homemade pear puree once that was AMAZING!)
1 TSP vanilla extract
2 TBSP chia seeds
1/2 cup dried fruit - these are great with cranberries or tart cherries!
Preheat oven to 350 and mix everything together, smashing up the bananas first. Use a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. These are STICKY! Put them on the cookie sheet by spoonfuls and flatten them just a little bit. Cook for about 25 minutes or until the edges crisp a bit. They won't become overall crispy.