"Heathly"(ish) Oatmeal Cookies

My "go to" recipe, and a good excuse to eat cookies for breakfast (it has oatmeal!).

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees

Melt one stick of butter or margarine and place in large bowl

Mash in one banana

then mix in one egg

add one teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup brown sugar

and the zest of an orange

combine well with masher and then add in the dry ingredients, this time mixing with a wooden spoon.

Dry stuff:

1 cup whole wheat flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 tsp baking powder

1 1/2 cups rolled oats

1/4 cup shredded coconut

then add in the mix ins:

dark chocolate chips and dried cranberries are my favorites. You could substitute nuts, raisins, butterscotch chips, whatever you have in the pantry. If you want to add a LOT of extras, decrease the amount of oats so that your cookies stay together.

Drop the cookies onto a cookie sheet. The don't really spread in the oven so you can place them relatively close together. I find they take from 7-10 minutes, but check your first batch frequently since everyone's oven is a little different. Once the bottoms are golden, you're good to go -- they should still be a liitle squishy on top.