Yowsa. What a rough couple of days. Being sick makes me so sad, and so bored. The worst part about being sick is when it kicks in right after a trip – you are stuck at home with absolutely nothing that can be eaten in a pinch. You’re out of meds, and you can’t quite imagine stepping foot out of your door for anything. So you suffer and hope that, when you wake up, it’s all over and you’re cured of the sniffles and sore throat. Maybe it’s just a bad dream, right?
Ppshya – so much for that idea. The more I slept, the more my eyes became sealed shut with crusties and the more it hurt to swallow. I’ll stop there, and I won’t talk about the icky mucous. I finally rolled myself outta bed and ….. onto the couch (the first day I was literally sleeping all day). After watching some really horrible daytime tv (when did Rachael Ray get a talk show?! and better yet, why?!), I took another nap and then proceeded to ransack the kitchen. I did find some Progresso chicken noodle soup that I ‘souped up’ with a vine-ripe tomato, some pecorino romano cheese, and a piece of toast. But a few hours later, I was hungry again. Hungry for chocolate.
Now for many of you, I’m sure you could eat chicken noodle soup while sick until the cows come home. Sure, the warm broth going down your throat and the steam on your face are definitely soothing, and the noodles and chicken pieces fill you up for a while. But ultimately (for me at least), that craving for something sweet would. not. go. away. And I’d looked the kitchen and pantry up and down in alley-rat-fashion – there were no sweets to be found. So it was get over it, or get in there and make me some sweets.
I’m sure you could figure out, without my telling you, what I decided. I made me some cookies. Some damn tasty cookies. And yes, I washed my hands frequently, and despite the undying temptation, I did not lick my finger every time I put a dollop of dough onto the pan (and if I did, which I didn’t, I would have washed my hands then too).
These cookies are just what the doctor ordered. Made with minimal effort and ingredients I had on hand (otherwise they would not have been made..this week at least), they are probably perfect for anything that ails you. You know what else I liked about them? I had a couple of bananas in the fridge (trying to prevent them from becoming rotten rather than ‘extra ripe’), and you know I hate wasting food – I got to use them here! The bananas add great banana flavor to the cookie, especially if extra ripe, but they also allow you to cut back on the sugar a bit since the bananas are sweet as is.
Oh, and I did gulp down that glass of milk too (and I think I did eat that many cookies that night – they were my dinner). Contrary to popular belief, milk doesn’t really cause an increase in mucous production. Not that it would have stopped me… but just so you know.
Banana-Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Adapted from Cooking Light; Makes 2 dozen (but is easily doubled)
Perfect cookies for any occasion – even the sniffles. Play around with substitutions. I even threw a few white chocolate chips in just to empty the bag. Raisins or nuts would also be great, or even other types of chips. But if you’re sick… please… wash those hands!
1/2 c mashed ripe banana (1 medium)
1/2 c packed brown sugar
1/4 c butter, softened
1/4 c granulated sugar
1 t vanilla extract
1 large egg
5.6 oz AP flour (~1 1/4 c)
2 c old fashioned oats
1 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
1/2 c bittersweet chocolate chips
cooking spray (or silpat)
preheat oven to 350 F
combine first 5 ingredients in large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until smooth. add egg; beat well.
weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. combine flour, oats, baking soda, and salt in medium bowl, stirring with whisk. add flour mixture to banana mixture and beat on medium until well blended. stir in chocolate chips
drop batter by tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart onto baking sheet with spray or silpat. Bake at 350 for 16-18 minutes, or until golden (mine were perfect at 16). Cool on pan for 2 minutes and then cool completely on wire racks.