Friday, July 3

Wait- there's what in it?

Ryan is a major pita when it comes to food. Anyone who knows him already knows this, so if you don't, just take my word for it. If you look up picky in the dictionary, "Ryan" is the first definition. His middle name is "suspicious" in that he doesn't trust us when it comes to new foods. "What's in it?" is a common question, and if there's the slightest hesitation in our answer, he'll immediately say no thanks and go make his own food. We've gotten used to it, and his pediatrician seems to be ok with it, so we don't make an issue. Eventually, he'll either learn to eat new things on his own, or his wife can deal with it. Muahahaha!

Last week, Meghan and I decided to make cookies. I wanted to use up some butterscotch chips that had been sitting in the cabinet for a few months, so we made Oatmeal Scotchies. We figured we'd be the only ones to eat them, but were pleasantly surprised when both Sean and Ryan gobbled them. Ryan obviously didn't hear the name of the cookie, or he never would have eaten them knowing there was oatmeal in it. When we told him, he took it in stride and said, "Huh. They were good. Even knowing what's it them, I'd eat them again." Cool.

So last night, Meghan and I wanted to make cookies again. I had some old bananas I wanted to use up, so I found a recipe for Oatmeal Banana Cookies. Again, assuming that Meg and I would be the only ones eating them, we doctored the recipe a bit to suit our tastes. We added extra cinnamon, switched the white sugar to brown (I was out of white), added chocolate chips and even threw in some ground flax seed. We made no secret of the ingredients, and made them in front of everyone. Once they were out of the oven, Ryan promptly had 2 1/2 of them. We were shocked. Still are, actually. He must have been clueless, cause he didn't believe us when we told him there was banana in them. He even broke one open to look for evidence, and was still doubtful. I laughed and told him he could sneak these whenever he wants. And they totally smelled like banana, so I'm not sure why he was surprised...

Here's the recipe, if anyone wants it (from Allrecipes.com):

Oatmeal Banana Cookies
Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 cup shortening
1 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 cup mashed bananas
1 3/4 cups quick cooking oats
1/2 cup chopped nuts
Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
2. Sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon.
3. Cream together the shortening and sugar; beat until light and fluffy. Add egg, banana, oatmeal and nuts. Mix well.
4. Add dry ingredients, mix well and drop by the teaspoon on ungreased cookie sheet.
5. Bake at 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) for 15 minutes or until edges turn lightly brown. Cool on wire rack. Store in a closed container.

And here's what I changed:

Altered Oatmeal Banana Cookies
Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 heaping teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup mashed bananas (I used two lg bananas)
1 3/4 cups quick cooking oats
1/4 cup ground flax seed
1 cup semi-sweet mini chocolate chips
Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
2. Wisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon.
3. Cream together the butter and sugar; beat until light and fluffy. Add egg, banana, vanilla, oatmeal and flax. Mix well.
4. Add dry ingredients, and mix well. Stir in chocolate chips and drop by the teaspoon on ungreased cookie sheet.
5. Bake at 375 degrees F for 13 minutes or until edges turn lightly brown. Cool on wire rack. Store in a closed container.
They have the consistency of a muffin top, so don't expect your typical cookie. Enjoy!
I think I might try these again and next time add macadamia nuts and white chocolate chips...

3 comments:

Lynne said...

Woohoo! Congratulations on the food success. I knew he would eventually come around. How nice that no lying was involved. ;)

Grammie said...

Trusting in Ryan, even this banana hating Grammie would try these !

Lisa said...

that's too funny. i regularly forget what is in the stuff i cook when telling my children 'what's in it.' lol