“I am coming more and more to understand that it is the common, everyday blessings of lives for which we should be particularly grateful… just plain food that gives us strength; the bright sunshine on a cold day; and a cool breeze when the day is warm.” — Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Quite often I find myself craving to just bake something. And more often than not, that *something* of impulse bakes generally turns out to be something peanut butter, chocolate, banana or loaf/cookie based – they’re just so easy.
Surely enough, the majority of these cravings can usually be explained by a longing for a hulk-sized spoonful of peanut butter or chocolate or idk, a slab of cheesecake – call it hunger or whatever. But when I really trace these cravings back to the little coves in my mind where they came from… I realize that this craving to *bake* something with these usually-at-hand ingredients stems more from a need to occupy my mind with something therapeutic, than it does wanting to actually eat the finished product. The joy of creaming whippy mounds of peanut butter into the sandiness of brown sugar, or folding chocolate chips into a floury-sweet mixture of melted butter and fragrant vanilla beans is an art that is quite deeply engrained in my neuro-pathways. It’s relaxing. I know these ingredients – I can totally predict the way they’ll behave when combined with this or that and how they need to be handled when folded into each other or spooned out onto cookie trays. I feel them, I tell ya! Better yet, I know how much I’ll be looking forward to these bakes for breakfast every day for the rest of that week, because they are made with the favourite things I always come back to. How inviting are they?!
It’s no surprise then that I tend reach for the jar of peanut butter or start melting blocks of chocolate whenever I notice we have an awful lot of bananas turning brown. These things are comforts in their own right, but not just because they make you want to sink into them when you have a taste because as I say – it’s not just about deriving pleasure from eating the finished goods… But because instead, when life goes crazy, they are an excuse for me to hide away and take a moment to focus on perfecting something I already have a grip on.
Having some time away from the pressures of your schedule, to just stand in the kitchen folding these ingredients into something to bake signifies endurance – it’s the opportunity for a breather. It is the comfort of setting out to create something, and have it turn out just the way you want it. All the while enjoying the sensation of bringing them to life with your own hands. That’s what waking up to make these of simple, comforting peanut butter cookies is all about.
Now obviously dressing them up in caramel is optional…but also highly recommended 😉
Ingredients (makes about 8 biiig cookies):
- 1.5 C Oats
- 1C Crunchy peanut butter
- 1 C Brown sugar
- 2 x Small bananas
- 1 x Egg
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 T vanilla extract
- 100g Dark chocolate chips
- Extra 100g chocolate for melty-drizzling <3
- In a large mixing bowl, mash the bananas. Add the peanut butter to them, then add the brown sugar, vanilla and baking soda.
- Add in the oats to this mix. Fold in the egg, then add the chocolate chips. You should have a pretty dense, ‘scoop-able’ cookie dough.
- Put the mix in the fridge for 1 hour (or in the freezer for 30 mins) so that it can thicken. You may skip this step but your cookies will spread out really easily and thin while baking, if you do.
- Spoon onto a cookie sheet and bake for 8-12 minutes or until cookies are browned, leave to cool in the oven for 5-10 minutes before removing and cooling on wire racks (Lol am I the only one who never does this?)
- When cooled a little (but not so much that you don’t get to eat them hot!) – melt the dark chocolate in the microwave and drizzle over the cookies. Make a mess! Add extra gratings of chocolate if you wish <3