Sunday, June 16, 2013

Chewy Oat Cookies with a Banana Bread Influence for a Father's Day #SundaySupper

I'm in the running for the worst daughter of the year. For the second year in a row, I've done nothing for my Dear Old Man on either his birthday or Father's Day! Okay, well, I did make (print) him a card for both days this year, but it seems like as the years wear on, the days where I'd gleefully present my dad with some piece of junk (picked up from a garage sale or dollar store with my allowance) are becoming more and more faded. Not that I'd know what to buy him anyway. I don't know about you, but I find my parents incredibly hard to buy for! Part of it is that what I would really want to give them I simply can't afford (like the Jag for my mom), but I've simply run out of unique ideas too. I'm thinking a game of golf (again)... not a bad option, given that we both like the "walk in a park" as we call it!

The other thing my dad and I share is a love of food. It's a symbiotic relationship of sorts - he loves to eat a wide variety of cuisine, and I love to cook from cultures all over the world. Sometimes, though, it's the food closest to home that stands out above the rest. When it comes to desserts, there is nothing I associate with my dad more than banana bread (except perhaps peanut butter banana bread). Now that Summer is here, my dad is on the road a lot (up and down from the trailer, fishing, family events and helping my sister out at her apartment), so it only made sense to convert that favourite dessert into something a little more portable - hence the birth of this chewy, banana and chocolate-laced oatmeal cookie. With tons of thick-cut oats, toasted walnuts, chocolate covered cacao nibs and dried bananas, its the best of both worlds. There isn't even that much sugar in the batter, which is a boon for my dad (a pre-diabetic) as well as anyone who's watching their calories, carbs or blood glucose for other reasons. Feel free to take a second one, and pack a third for the trip home!

Chewy Oat Cookies with a Banana Bread Influence

This #SundaySupper is all about Dad and the foods we think of when it comes to Father's Day.  Our Sunday Supper Movement group has become an extended family, sharing birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, successes and struggles, and I wholeheartedly agree with Isabel when she says how honoured she is to celebrate with all the special Dad’s, Grandfathers, Uncles and families that have been brought together by this event. Check out the special recipes below, then get out and spend some time with your favourite guy! Just be sure to pop back in time for our weekly #SundaySupper chat at 7PM EST!

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Dad’s Favorite Desserts
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Chewy Oat Cookies with a Banana Bread Influence
Makes 18
2 oz non hydrogenated shortening
1 oz butter
½ cup brown sugar
1 tsp honey
1 egg yolk
3 tbsp unsweetened almond milk
1 tsp vanilla
½ cup whole wheat flour
¼ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
Pinch nutmeg
½ tsp fresh grated ginger
2 cups oats
¼ cup chopped toasted walnuts
½ cup dehydrated bananas
½ cup chocolate covered cacao nibs
  1. Beat shortening, butter, brown sugar, honey, egg yolk, almond milk and vanilla until well blended.
  2. Beat in the flour, baking soda, salt, nutmeg and ginger
  3. Stir in oats, walnuts, bananas and chocolate covered cacao nibs.
  4. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate 1 hour, or up to overnight.
  5. Preheat the oven to 375ºF and line baking sheets with parchment.
  6. Bake cookies 12 minutes. Cool on baking sheet. 
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 162.7
Total Fat: 9.0 g
Cholesterol: 13.7 mg
Sodium: 53.6 mg
Total Carbs: 20.9 g
Dietary Fiber: 1.8 g
Protein: 2.5 g