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Easy Banana Bran Breakfast Cookies

What you need: 

2 1/2 very ripe bananas
about 1/2 cup chopped dates
1/2 cup flax seeds
1/2 cup oat bran
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup soy milk (I use unsweetened, but I don't think it really matters)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 tablespoon salt

What you do: 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mash bananas together with flax seed in mixing bowl. Stir in all other ingredients and separate into 6-8 oblong cookies onto nonstick baking sheet. Bake for 35 minutes and allow to cool.
This recipe is very flexible. Just about any dried fruit can be substituted for the dates, but will reduce the sweetness of the finished product (except maybe figs).
Hot cereal to go! Two of these is a great, filling breakfast. Enjoy!

Preparation Time: 
45 minutes
Cooking Time: 
Servings: 
8
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SO HOW'D IT GO?

Absolutely dynomite.  I followed other users' suggestions to sweeten them up a bit (3tbsp honey and 3 tbsp molasses were my choices).  Thank you!

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I also took the liberty of adding some extra ingredients myself:

1 tsp of vanilla
1 tsp of maple extract
2 packets of stevia
2/3 cup of walnuts
2/3 cup of shredded sweetened coconut

I also transferred the batter into a deep 8 x 12 dish since I decided the batter was too liquidy to make into cookies. It took approx 35 minutes for the top to rise and brown, and they turned out pretty good! Thank you for the wonderful recipe.

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I took some liberties with this recipe and it turned out great! Add:
1 tsp of vanilla extract
an extra 1/4 cup of chopped dates
a pinch of stevia (if you're into that)

I also cut the salt down to 1 tsp and used half spelt flour and half whole wheat flour.

These are a tasty, quick breakfast.

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I thought this recipe was just OK, but could be made a lot better with a little tweaking.  I do think it needs a bit of sweetener in the batter- not a lot, but something to enhance the taste.  Without any sweetener at all, it's kind of blah (although the dates are fantastic- I recommend going heavy on them).  I added some walnuts and vanilla also, which is nice.  Overall, they're a tasty breakfast treat, they just need to be a touch sweeter to be delicious.  Also, mine were baked in 20 minutes (and my oven tends to take a long time to bake things), so you might want to check on them after 15 minutes or so.  I doubt they'd need the 35 minute baking time.

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