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Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Saturday, 8 September 2012 | posted by Simply bakes

Yeap, and the September holidays just zoomed past before i could say "Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Raisin Cookies" once again.. :'( This holiday was pretty unproductive considering how near my exams are. The first few days were fun though, because i attended a leadership symposium where many students from different schools in Singapore come together and are placed under different organisations to learn about Servant leadership. My group is planning a Dog therapy programme for the elderly at Kim Seng Community Center near November and i am really excited! For those who do not know what dog therapy is about, basically our main aim is to cure the loneliness of the elderly in our community and get them to interact more with neighbors and friends through the help of pets. Meaningful, no? :)

Getting back on track, i made these cookies the moment i saw them on Baking Bites, no kidding. I mean I understand peanut butter and oatmeal together, but mashed bananas?? I never thought that we could incorporate bananas into cookies because usually, the cookie dough would be too wet and produce a soft cookie. Then of course, I HAD to make them because right there, i could see a winning combination. Again, Knowing me, i just had to boost the recipe up i little so i went ahead and added raisins and cinnamon in to the cookie dough too.

These cookies look plain but they have many layers of flavors which complement each other very well. Like Baking Bites mentioned, they taste like a cross between a Peanut Butter cookie and banana bread. Freshly baked from the oven, these cookies had the perfect crunchy crust and are moist and cakey in the middle. The banana definitely takes a back seat in this cookie but still noticeable, though i wish it could be more pronounced. I love the nuttiness of the crunchy peanut butter i used because it added a lot of bite into the cookie along with the sweet raisins and spicy cinnamon. It is definitely a cookie to remember!

Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Cookies (I tweaked the recipe a little) 
Gotten from Baking Bites

1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 tbsp butter, room temperature
1 large egg
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup mashed banana (from 1 sm/med)
1 1/2 cups quick-cooking rolled oats (not instant)
1/3 cup raisins

Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
In a large bowl, cream together sugars and butter. Beat in egg until smooth, then mix in the peanut butter and mashed banana. Working by hand or with a mixer on low speed, blend dry ingredients into the peanut butter mixture. Stir in the oats.
Shape dough into tablespoons and place on baking sheet, flattening each slightly with your fingers.
Bake for 10-12 minutes, until cookies just begin to turn golden around the edges.
Cool on a wire rack.

With Love, Simply Bakes

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I am a 16 year old living in Singapore. This blog is to document my entire baking endeavor and to share with you guys out there recipes and my baking experience. Feel free to ask me any questions, just click 'comment' below each post. Looking forward to the holidays!

Love, SimplyBakes

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