Thursday, May 8, 2014

chewy banana oatmeal cookies {gluten free}

Why would a new pizza bar open up in Bushwick? It would really need to distinguish itself. It couldn't have thin crust, locally grown, farm-to-table pizzas, like the very famous Roberta's has.
It'd have to be different.

Last week, on my way home, I walked by a new pizza bar, Archie's... and I was thrilled.

I mean, Roberta's is great. But it is pretty pricey, you cannot order before 6pm, AND it sometimes takes 2 hours to receive your order. And just forget about eating there - you'll be waiting for a table longer than you eat.

We ordered from the new place and they have distinguished themselves. They serve Chicago style, thick crust pizza, beer on tap, hot subs and salads. That is all. And they are super friendly. Which is refreshing. A casual atmosphere that harkened back to my college days.

My son ate almost an entire 10 inch pie. Amazing. And the beer that was on the house didn't hurt either. If you're in the neighborhood check them out.

This is my Leftovers Club selection for the month of May. I am sending these to Bea @ Secrets From My Apron

She seems to be a more advanced baker than me so I hope I do not disappoint with these cookies. They are super tasty but not professional like macarons or madeleines.

Chewy Banana Oatmeal Cookies
Makes cookies, adapted from Julia's Album

  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup regular granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 and 3/4 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  1. Important note about properly measuring flour using measuring cups: The proper way to measure flour using measuring cups is to aerate it first. This is done either by sifting flour, or aerating it by fluffing it up and whisking it well, then spooning it into the measuring cup, then carefully removing any excess flour with a knife. If you just stick that measuring cup in the bag of flour and scoop some out, you will get a lot more flour than what the recipe calls for. Do aerate the flour, or you will end up with dry dough! :)
  2. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, combine together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, mash the banana. Add the egg, oil, brown and granulated sugars, yogurt, and vanilla and whisk to combine.
  4. Add the banana-egg mixture to the flour mixture and stir until just combined. Fold in the oats, then fold in the chocolate chips.
  5. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Take a tablespoon of dough, form a ball and drop the cookie dough ball on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat, spacing the cookie dough balls about 2 inches apart. At this point, I would refrigerate baking sheets with cookie dough balls for about an hour to chill the dough. This will ensure that cookies, when baked, will not flatten out, and that they will remain tall, so that we end up with thick and chewy cookies!
  6. Bake for 15-20 minutes until cookies are golden brown on the top as well as the sides. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.


  1. These look like a good solid cookie...I'm sure your partner will love them!

  2. Lovely! I love that last photo!!!

  3. I am loving the child's face peeping through in the photo! These look really good, and I am always on the lookout for recipes that the teens will make themselves. I wish my flowers were out like yours, too. Those lilacs are beautiful! Sadly, we are about 2-3 weeks behind. ;(

  4. I'm sure it's definitely tough for new pizza places to weasel their way in anywhere since most people already have their favorites. Glad to hear this one is a hit though!

    These cookies sound awesome! The perfect healthier sweet treat.

  5. Oh my goodness Sandra! I LOVED my cookies. They were so moist and so delicious. I left a message on THE LEFTOVERS CLUB page and I hope you read it. It was so funny, I have NEVER liked gluten free anything that I have tried and let me tell you that you have definitely changed my mind. I ate the first two in I think seconds. They were absolutely to die for. I pinned your recipe and can't say enough good things about them. My girlfriend does everything gluten free and I won't mention her name but it is horrible and I told her I just couldn't eat her baked goods. Now I am going to have to tell her gently to come to your site and try your recipes. I wanted to thank you for opening me up to a whole new world of cooking that I never thought I would touch. So for anyone out there that has had a bad experience with gluten free or want to try it for the first time you have come to the right place. Your food is the perfect example of gluten free done right. I hope you enjoyed my cookies, I should have told you to put them in the fridge first for a few minutes since they had the chocolate stripes on them so I hope that they were at least edible. Again many thanks for the moist and chewy cookies that were fantastic in flavor. I loved them and can't wait to try to make them! I am so glad that we were paired for my first experience! Have a great day.