Just back from my beach vacation…boy was it great. And a great opportunity to enjoy some light, refreshing meals, some new recipes from my “almost family” reunion!
I have a close friend who invites me to her beach time share every summer in San Clemente. Having lived for many years in San Diego…it is a great way to connect with some old friends nearby and to enjoy the laid back Southern Cali lifestyle for a few weeks! Along with all the sun soaked Vitamin D I absorbed, we enjoyed barbeque on the San Clemente Pier’s famous Oyster Bar at Happy Hour, Giant Shrimp Shooters and Beet/Goat Cheese Salad at the Newport Beach Yacht club, salmon and grilled corn on the cob on our own patio grill, papaya and pineapple smoothies, turkey avocado Panini, watermelon lemonade, peaches to die for from the farmers’ market, strawberry banana frozen yogurt, and a lot of liquid sunshine! Swimming everyday and all that wonderful food was a true taste of luscious summer.
This year my friend had asked the members of her family living close by to come over for a big family barbeque at the beach! They came from far and near…two generations of them…all very healthy happy people. They were kind enough to adopt me into their fold! As with many reunions, everyone brought a dish to share, and, frankly, since it wasn’t MY family reunion…I didn’t experience the “same old” recipes. So this was fun on many levels!
Several of Lucy’s family live on or near the beach, and many are life long surfers. Healthy, fit, tanned and full of life. There are several generations of surfers here from ones in their 60s to the youngest in their teens. And they brought with them healthy, mostly vegetarian dishes…except for our own BBQ ribs, and Shrimp on the Barbie. But the ubiquitous summer potato salad, hot dogs, and hamburgers was missing. Instead they brought dishes like cous cous mango salad, black bean and corn salad, Chinese slaw with fresh ginger, lentil and celery salad, and my favorite….banana oatmeal cookies!
We were treated to this banana delight from one of the 20 something surfing couples who raved about them. They are simple, delicious, and good for you….yet will fulfill that sweet tooth! I have affectionately named them “surfer cookies” considering their source. So simple, and something that I am definitely planning to make with the grandkids!
These cookies could also be made in large batches and frozen. They’re great for breakfast, pack your own lunches, as energy bars, and definitely after surfing!…or just about any time! You only need 3 ingredients!
2 Ripe (brown speckled) bananas
1 cup quick oats (must be the instant kind)
1/4 cup chopped nuts (walnuts, pecans, pistachios, almonds…all good)
cinnamon, raisins, craisins, blue berries, chocolate chips (this is particularly good)
Preheat Oven to 350. Spray cookie sheet with cooking spray.
Mash the bananas with a fork (or a food processor), pour in oats and nuts. Stir till well blended. (Add any additions). Scoop (I use a melon baller for small ones) by teaspoons onto cookie sheet. Makes 8 cookies or 16 small ones.
Bake for 15 minutes or until slightly browned.
93 calories (for 2 small ones or one regular), fat 3.5 g, carbs 15 g., Protein 2 g, Sodium 0.4 mg.
Kowabunga, dude….surf’s up! Enjoy!