Skinny Chunky Monkey Cookies, with special guests!
Alright, so I’ve never been good at following directions when it comes to cooking. The reason behind it, I’m starting to think, is pride. Who wouldn’t love to brag about inventing a wonderful and delicious recipe all on their own? I, however, am no Martha Stewart and typically not following the directions ends up in not disastrous but just downright disappointing meals. A month or so ago, I tried to make a béchamel sauce. I thought I had all the ingredients and all I could think about was the most wonderful reaction that my boyfriend would have where he would eat it all and then tell all of his friends and then I would be this superstar home cook! Yes, when I cook I day dreaming about someone telling me my cooking is better then their mother’s. Judge all you want. Anyways, I had everything in the pot cooking and realized I was missing some key ingredients; namely red wine. So in an effort to save my sauce I found a bit of leftover white wine(who knew such a thing existed!) and made the substitute. BIG MISTAKE. When supper came I set the plate out in front of Patrick, and I knew his reaction was not going to be the one I dreamed of. I stood at the kitchen counter nervously watching his reaction. He was going to hate it because I hated it.
“How is it?” I asked. I could tell he didn’t know what to say. He looked at the sauce, then at me and after a few minutes shrugged and said:
“The bread is good.” Bless his heart.
So what was the point of such a long paragraph? Because I managed to modify a large portion of the original recipe from Six Sisters and they didn’t turn out mediocre!! They actually turned out pretty good for a healthy cookie! Do they taste healthy? YES. They taste about as amazing as something can be without being drowned in sugar and other unhealthy but yummy things! I can honestly say though, between you and me, two cookies and a glass of milk, and I’d be completely satisfied! Okay, I’ll stop raving at my own genius (not) and give you the recipe to try yourself!
4 mashed bananas
2 1/2 cups of oats
1/4 cup hot chocolate mix
3 big spoonfuls of peanut butter
1/4 cup butter
1 tsp of vanilla
So pre-heat the oven to 375 and prepare your ingredients! Then mush the bananas up in a bowl. I just use a fork instead of a blender because I don’t love doing more dishes then needed.
Now, the rest of the recipe is pretty simple. Throw everything else in and mash it all together. I wasn’t very exact with all the measurements so I would just say go with your gut. If you want them more peanut buttery, add some more. More chocolate, toss in a bit more! Some recipes I feel like if you put even a dash too much of something it could be fatal, but with these monkey cookies I felt pretty free to just throw some things in and hope for the best.
Aren’t they delightful looking?? Now generously sprinkle them with cinnamon and pour yourself a glass of milk. Maybe watch Elf. Maybe some fireplace channel and try not to devour them all in one sitting! Then whats the point of having a healthy cookie. Anyways, there we have it! My not so crazy second recipe that did NOT go wrong. Yay! Now go make some and comment below on what you did! Did you change the recipe? Add your own flare? I want to know! And if you have Instagram, hashtag #skinnymonkeycookie @shanelleamn!
P.S I had some wonderful guests join me tonight! And by join me I mean I made them eat a cookie and then I drove them to their work onsie/christmas party thing.
Patrick and Ryan as Deadmau5 and Pikachu onsies!