Last night after we got home from Nikko, I decided I wanted chocolate chip cookies. For dinner. Don’t judge. :-) One problem: there are two things that Japan is sorely lacking in: chocolate chip cookies, and ovens. I miss having a real kitchen, with an oven, and baking!!! And since the only chocolate chip cookies available at the convenience store down the street are weird, crunchy, tiny cookies, I decided to see what my toaster oven could do.
I started looking around on the internet for a recipe for chocolate chip cookies that could be easily halved/reduced to make cookies for one person, as well as modified to use the ingredients I have on hand (which mostly, don’t lend themselves to baking, and the grocery store just seemed too far to walk to tonight). I like to think I’m a relatively adaptive/creative cook, but definitely not that creative when it comes to baking, so I wasn’t sure if it was going to be possible. But then I stumbled upon the blog Sweet Tooth Sweet Life, and this recipe for banana oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. I have oatmeal – thanks to the wonders of online shopping and international shipping – and had a banana that either needed to be frozen or used, so I thought I’d try it out.
I halved the recipe, used whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose (I have no idea how to read “all-purpose flour” in Japanese – but the whole wheat is labeled in English…no idea why) and 1 small banana + 1 egg, instead of 1 medium banana + 1/2 egg, mixed everything together,
They started to get a little brown around the edges but were still wet looking in the middle, so I left them in the toaster oven for 2-3 minutes after it turned itself off to let the residual heat cook them a little more gently.
They’re not half bad! I’ve already eaten 5 of the 9 that I made – with milk, of course – and will probably finish them off this weekend. I could see crumbling them into some yogurt and strawberries for breakfast….just sayin’. They’re a little dense – almost like a cake – but I think that’s because of the whole wheat flour. Crunchy on the outside, and chewy on the inside, like a cookie should be. I bet if one actually followed the recipe, and used a real oven, they would be amazing! Definitely not your typical chocolate chip cookie, but I love oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, and the banana just added a little extra goodness. And since they’re made with whole wheat flour, banana, oatmeal, and I ate them with milk….it’s almost healthy, right?? :-)
Nikko today was fun! The tour was all in Japanese, so I’m not sure how much I learned, but it was gorgeous! I’ll put pictures up soon, I promise…