Banana Nut Oatmeal Cookies

These cookies are wonderfully moist and very reminiscent of banana bread. I think the walnuts play a big part in the flavor combo here. The balls of cookie dough didn’t flatten while cooking like I expected, so a little flattening with a fork was needed before baking so they would cook all the way through. They came out super delicious!

1½ cups mashed banana (or more to taste)
2½ cups oats
½ cups chopped walnuts
1 large egg
1 tbs honey
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1¼ cups all-purpose flour
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
½ tsp cinnamon (or more to taste)
1 stick unsalted butter, (4 oz) room temperature
½ cups granulated white sugar
½ cups brown sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon into a large bowl and set aside, add the oats and walnuts and combine.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugars on medium speed until smooth.

Reduce speed and add the egg, honey and vanilla and banana and whip until all incorporated.

Turn the mixer off, add the dry ingredients and slowly turn the mixer back on. This step is sometimes easier to do by hand.

Place rolled balls of the dough on lined cookie sheets, flatten slightly with a fork, and bake at 350 degrees for about 9 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

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