Banana Strawberry Cookies

Apparently I’ve worked out the “sweet” things, instead of cheesey things. So it’s lots of bananas. 🙂 They make a good base for cakes and cookies. Anyway. I’m still trying to make the camera work (I ate all the flapjack, sorry! It was just so good with yogurt…I’ll just have to make some more late…Oh no, oh shame…) so photos may follow. They will do. Eventually.

So. You need an oven at 180C/350F/gas mark 4. A tray or two needs lining and/or greasing, as per normal.

  • Mash 3 medium, ripe bananas. Lots of potassium, so good for you :-P.
  • Beat in 1 medium egg.
  • While you’re doing that, melt 3.5oz/100g unsalted butter over a low heat. Once melted, pour in with the ‘nanas and mix. Add a drop or two of vanilla essence.
  • Hull and dice 5oz/150g fresh strawberries (I actually used 250g; doesn’t seem to have done anything adverse…). Stir into the mix.
  • Sieve 5oz/150g self-raising flour (or plain + baking soda) into the mix and stir well. Until doughy.
  • Drop spoonfuls onto the baking tray. They don’t seem to spread too much, but they’ll need their space. Bake for approx. 10-15 minutes.
  • Let them cool. Or not. Your choice. They should be a tad cakey. I expect if they’d been flatter they’d be more like the cookies you buy.

For alternatives: I reckon they’d be fantastic with little drops of chocolate in. Either really dark (like cacao nibs) or white. But these are good cookies 🙂 Enjoy!

Banana Blueberry Muffins: Take Two!

So I managed to make soapy muffins last week (not that I’ve ever really tried soap, but you know. It’s one of those flavours you just know…). I want cake, I can’t have “normal” cake (I know, my fault…), and soapy cake is only so good at dealing with the “I want cake” feeling. So I had another go with this recipe. This time it worked. The only thing I did differently was to switch out plain flour + raising agent to self-raising flour.

Ingredients:

Because muffins are for building towers...

Because muffins are for building towers…

  • 2 medium bananas, mashed
  • 1 egg
  • 125ml water/cream/milk – my preference is for cream, but that’s just me…
  • 125ml vegetable oil
  • 8oz (250g) self-raising flour
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries – a punnet; or any other berries or dried fruits that you like

How to Make (about a dozen)

Preheat an oven to 180 degrees C.

Mix together mashed bananas, egg, water, and oil in a large bowl.

Mix in flour until mostly smooth (you will still see lumps from the banana, but that’s okay!). Gently fold the blueberries into the batter.

Spoon into muffin cases and bake in the preheated oven until golden and the tops spring back when lightly pressed, about 30 minutes. Remove muffins from tins, and cool on a wire rack. Or just eat. Who wants to wait? Cakes straight from the oven are really yummy!

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