Cookie Monster Loves Cookies

My kids love to play the game, “If you were stranded on a deserted island and could only bring three things, what would they be?” My answer is always the same: olive oil, a good french baguette, and a life-time supply of oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.

I believe it was living in London that influenced my now daily ritual of a cup of tea and a cookie every afternoon. I daresay “tea time” has become a spiritual discipline for me. It is in the ministrations of choosing the tea, boiling the water, stirring in one, sometimes two swirls of honey, and sitting down to a warmed oatmeal chocolate chip cookie, that I allow myself a breath. I stop the spinning-top of my life for a brief moment and invite in a moment of stillness. By carving out that sacred moment each day to savor a cup of tea and enjoy a cookie, I nourish my the spirit. I wish I could say I was chanting OM’s for three hours in lotus pose, or following Saint Benedict’s Rule and praying the Hours, but my life right now is spilling over with job, writing, and a bursting family! Maybe one day! And yet I am becoming more and more aware of the needs of my spirit. And I need stillness. I also need to savor the “little joys” of life and an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie draws the sides of my mouth into a smile every time!

I am like Indian Jones on the hunt for the holy grail when it comes to finding the perfect oatmeal chocolate chip cookie! This summer in Jackson Hole, Wyoming I was introduced to a new twist on an ol’ faithful:  Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies. I must admit that I was skeptical at first but the baker insisted they were just as delicious and even healthier!

Recipe for Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 cups of mashed ripe banana (about 1-1/2 ripe bananas. The banana allows you to reduce the usual butter and sugar.The riper the moister the cookies will be!)

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1/4 cup butter, softened (a little over a half of a stick)

1/4 cup regular sugar

1 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla

1 large egg

1 1/4 cups of flour (you could substitute here with gluten free alternative)

2 cups of old fashioned oats

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt

3/4 to 1 cup of chocolate chips (dark or milk chocolate, your choice, I tend to go for more chocolate!)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine the first five ingredients in a large bowl; beat by hand or with a mixer until smooth. Add in egg and beat well. In another bowl, combine and whisk together flour, oats, baking soda, and salt. Combine the two mixtures and stir with a fork or by hand. Add chocolate chips! Spoon onto a greased baking sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes. Watch them. Less is more when it comes to cooking time, if the cookies become brown they loose their gusto!

I recommend pairing the cookie with a cup of Mighty Leaf’s Chamomile Citrus Tea! And remember, the secret is sitting down with your cup of tea and cookie and being still, if only for five quiet minutes. Not only will the sides of your mouth curl up in a smile for the “little joy” of a cup of tea and cookie, but more importantly, your soul will be nourished and better prepared to meet life.

Live in Hope,

Farrell

6 Comments
  • Donna Butler-Rawson

    February 4, 2013 at 6:42 am Reply

    Farrell~

    Thanks for the recipe (especially noting the gluten-free flour option)! I always carve time out in my day for a lovely cuppa. Just the act of preparing it becomes a soothing ritual. Have you tried Pu-erh tea? There are some wonderful ones from Numi and David’s Tea that I adore.

    Blessings for a lovely week. Thank you for your words reminding us to take time for ourselves.!

  • Ramsey Corn

    February 4, 2013 at 7:33 am Reply

    I have had the pleasure of devouring these yummh cookies at the Mason household at tea time & it’s the best thing since sliced bread!!!!

  • Cathy Mayo

    February 4, 2013 at 8:27 am Reply

    Sounds wonderful!!!

  • Harrison

    February 4, 2013 at 8:49 am Reply

    I cannot wait to make these. Going to buy bananas now 🙂

  • Kemp

    February 4, 2013 at 9:51 am Reply

    I can’t wait to make these!!! Sounds yummy!!!!! Thanks!!

  • Ray Davies

    February 4, 2013 at 12:24 pm Reply

    Have a Cuppa Tea, The Kinks
    http://www.youtube.com/watchv=iUT1iOsQiGg

    Tea in the morning, tea in the evening, tea at supper time,
    You get tea when it’s raining, tea when it’s snowing.
    Tea when the weather’s fine,
    You get tea as a mid-day stimulant
    You get tea with your afternoon tea
    For any old ailment or disease
    For Christ sake have a cuppa tea.

    Have a cuppa tea, have a cuppa tea,
    Halleluja, halleluja, halleluja, Rosie Lea

    Whatever the situation whatever the race or creed,
    Tea knows no segregation, no class nor pedigree
    It knows no motivations, no sect or organisation,
    It knows no one religion,
    Nor political belief.

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