Chunky monkey oatmeal cookies

I know what you're thinking.

Chubby Vegan Mom, are you getting dull on us?

 You've tackled Banana polentaCaramel apple french toast and Curry vegetable pitas, not to mention an incredibly out-of-the-box, choose-your-own Vegan dessert cookbook giveaway, but for the last week of VeganMofo AND a week you're totally dedicating to desserts, you pick oatmeal cookies?

Yes, friends, I did.

But fear not, this isn't your run-of-the-mill oatmeal raisin cookie, this is a banana and chocolate chunk filled, chewy oatmeal cookie of goodness. This will seriously have you hopping on the oatmeal cookie train in an instant.

Plus, oatmeal cookies are deceiving. It doesn't matter that they're riddled with butter, chocolate chunks and loads of brown sugar, they have oats in them, so they have to be healthy, right? Which means it's OK for me to eat 15 of them after dinner, right? Which means I'm not going to gain 10 lbs from VeganMofo dessert week, right?

Probably not.

At any rate, I'm a big fan of throwing bananas into cookies, especially if it means saving them from the fate of not being used! They're great binders and they add a new flavor to ho-hum cookies.

Chunky monkey oatmeal cookies
(Makes 18-24 cookies, depending on how much size matters)
1 stick of vegan butter, softened
1 large banana, mashed
2/3 cup brown sugar
Flaxseed "egg" (2 TBS flaxseed, 3 TBS warm water, let it sit for 10 minutes)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cup rolled oats
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup chocolate chunks (we've been enjoying the heck out of Enjoy Life's chocolate chunks)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Cream together all the "wet" ingredients (banana, butter, extract, "egg"). Stir in brown sugar.
Mix in dry ingredients, starting with flours, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and then oats. Add in chocolate chunks last.
Spoon onto greased baking sheet (golf-ball size), squish down a little and bake for 10-15 minutes, or until bottoms start to get golden brown.
Cookies will firm some after sitting.

Serve with a glass of your favorite nondairy beverage and call it a night, y'all.

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