I like easy recipes. And I generally categorise an “easy” recipe as one that incorporates minimal preparation faff and few ingredients. It’s not that I’m a lazy Madame per se, it’s just I find myself more likely to even consider baking something from scratch if it doesn’t involve hours of kitchen time and a significant supermarket sweep.

These banana and date cookies are delicious, gluten free and only contain natural sugars. They are also a dream to make and look ever so pretty when placed on individual pieces of greaseproof paper and stacked to serve.

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{The Ingredients}
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 180g pitted dates, chopped
  • 160g rolled oats
  • 80ml sunflower oil
  • 1tsp vanilla extract

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  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius and line two baking sheets with greaseproof paper.
  2. Mash the bananas in a large bowl, then add the dates, oats, sunflower oil and vanilla extract and mix well.
  3. Leave the mixture to stand for 15-20 minutes to firm up a little and for the oats to absorb some of the liquid.
  4. Drop teaspoons of the mixture on to the baking sheets and flatten with the back of the spoon as they don’t tend to spread much. Bake for 15-20 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  5. Serve. Eat. Feel very pleased with yourself.