When is a cookie not a cookie? When its a healthy delicious treat that more closely resembles a macaroon! This recipe comes from the brilliant heidi at 101 cookbooks, a food blog I'm sure most of you are familiar with. If you aren't, I highly recommend browsing through her posts. She's a triple threat - a wonderful writer, a fabulous photographer, and a genius chef, all rolled into one. Every so often I find myself inspired to make something from her blog, and this little treat was no exception.

Phil and I are going away for a week with his family - it happens every year around this time, as Phil and his dad (both teachers) get a couple of weeks off. "Half term", it's called here in England. In October last year, I brought a cake with me - although it didn't turn out quite the way I'd hoped, so it was rebranded slightly. This year, I thought cookies would be a safer option. Not only that, but I wanted to make cookies that were on the healthy side. And I stumbled across this recipe from 101 cookbooks.

Originally, I was going to adapt a recipe from a Martha Stewart cookbook for banana walnut chocolate chip cookies. And then my curiosity got the better of me - the googling began. Seriously, it's an illness. Searching for recipes online is so addictive. Or is that just me? Anyway, the millions of billions of cookie recipes involving bananas, walnuts, and chocolate is overwhelming, so I scaled it down to just bananas and chocolate, then added in oats, and well - that's what I settled on. Just thought I'd give you a window into my bizarre recipe-crazed brain for a second there!

Like I said, these are more macaroon-like than cookie-like. They are little mounds of joy, filled with all kinds of nice flavors and textures. As Heidi mentions in her post on these cookies, make sure you soften the coconut oil before using it (and I'd strongly recommend using coconut oil rather than any other oil or butter). The way I like to soften or melt it is by measuring it out in a measuring cup and placing it in a shallow dish of boiling or hot water. Leave it for a few minutes and it should be soft enough to work with. Never ever melt coconut oil in the microwave!

For the full recipe, head over to 101 Cookbooks.

See you next time from the seaside!