Two Sweet Recipes to Start off the Week

Happy Monday morning, everyone! Here are two of our favorite recipes around here – a simple, moist banana bread, and oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. I always seem to have over-ripe bananas in the house, which means that I almost always have a banana bread on reserve in the freezer – handy for those times when last-minute company comes over or someone has a new baby. And we almost always have these cookies in our pantry – I make half the batch fresh and then freeze the rest of the batter for another time.

Happy baking, everyone!

Banana Bread

1 1/2 cups of flour (I use 1/2 cup of whole wheat, and add 1 T of vital wheat gluten)

1 c sugar (I usually use only 1/2-2/3 c. of sugar)

1 t. baking soda

1/2 t. salt

3 ripe mashed bananas

1/4 c. vegetable oil

2 eggs, lightly beaten

Mix together dry ingredients. Add wet ingredients and fold in until well-mixed. Grease a 9 x 5 loaf pan and add batter. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 40-50 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean. (I usually put 3/4 of the batter in the loaf pan, and use the rest of the batter to make 6-8 muffins – that way, the top of the banana bread loaf doesn’t get so brown because it doesn’t need to bake as long.)


Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies

2 c. all-purpose flour

2 1/2 c. oats

1 t. baking soda

1 t. salt

1 c. light brown sugar

1/2 c. white sugar

1 c. butter, softened

1 t. vanilla

2 eggs

1 package of semi-sweet chocolate chips

1. In a bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, and salt.

2. In another bowl, beat butter, sugars, and vanilla in a mixer on low speed for 30 seconds, and then on medium-high for 1-2 minutes.

3. Add eggs one at a time, beating on medium-low until well-incorporated.

4. Add flour mixture slowly until well-blended.

5. Mix in oats, then chocolate chips.

6. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto nonstick baking sheet, 2 inches apart. Bake for 7-10 minutes in a 375 degree oven – Do not overbake!

Enjoy 🙂

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  • Mary Alice

    I love that tip for making a smaller loaf, and that way when I am making some to give away I could have muffins for the hungry kids who seem to drift to the kitchen whenever they smell baking…

  • Kat

    🙂 Yes, the muffins always get eaten right away in our family!

  • B-mama

    Kat, these look great, thanks! A way to truly celebrate the sweetness of the Easter season post-Lent! I think I may be celebrating sugar too much. 🙂 Alleluia!

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  • Anonymous

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  • Working Artist

    Just want to make a note here that while this recipe and your intentions are wonderful, you should be very careful where you get the images to accompany your blog posts. The illustrator who you took this image from is a working artist, and by taking her art to put on your blog post may not seem wrong, it is in fact stealing.u00a0nnnDo not assume that just because an image is on the internet that it is free. Most working artists share their work online as a way of marketing their skills, not to provide a freebie bank of images to be snatched and placed into blog posts. This kind of behavior is rampant on the internet, and it would be so much easier if people would educate themselves on copyright and not assume everything is up for grabs.u00a0nnPlease consider taking the proper course of action and removing the image. Perhaps post a photo of your own kitchen or go to a sight that clearly states Creative Commons with imagery open to public use.