Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Cookies

Shhh….come over here and let me tell you a little secret…

These cookies are…vegan!

What?!

Look, Ma! No dairy!

Yep. You are scared now aren’t ya?

Don’t be. I have totally been inspired by these healthy cookies that I have been making lately from Mama Pea and Joy the Baker. I love the idea of letting The Dude have a cookie whenever she wants, not worrying about how terrible it is for her, and actually getting something healthy in her as a bonus. We have been enjoying these cookies so much lately that I decided it was time to try to whip one up of my own. And I really like the results.

If you just give these a try I think you will really like them too. They really are somewhere in between banana bread and a cookie. Soft and slightly chewy. I am kind of on the fence as to whether or not to call these healthy because they do have a good bit of sugar in them (it’s a cookie for crying out loud!), but they have some redeeming qualities with the oats, whole wheat flour, flax, and bananas. And dark chocolate actually is better for you than milk chocolate (Bonjour, antioxidants! Enchante!).

So I’ll let you make the decision as to whether or not to call them healthy. You will definitely call them delicious.

First mash your banana. Then stir in the flax seed and wet ingredients. Set it aside.

Then mix up the dry ingredients.

Why yes, it was a tutu kind of day. Why do you ask?

Then stir the wet in with the dry and fold in the chocolate chips.

Did I mention the best part of making vegan cookies?

Frankly, we were lucky that we had enough dough left to make cookies at all.

Now that you have stirred the dough together, preheat the oven so that the dough has time to set up and bind for a couple of minutes. Then once the oven is preheated, place little balls of dough onto a greased cookie sheet.

Try to let them cool down enough so you don’t burn yourself before you eat these okay?

Vegan Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Cookies

1 banana
3 T flax seed
1 tabelspoon vanilla
1/4 cup maple syrup
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup (overflowing) dark chocolate chips

In a medium bowl mash banana with a fork until smooth. Stir in flax, vanilla and syrup. Set aside

In a separate bowl stir together flour, oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder, salt, and brown sugar.

Combine wet and dry ingredients.

Fold in the chocolate chips.

Preheat the oven to 350 after mixing the dough. This gives it has a couple of minutes to set up.

Place little mounds on a cookie sheet a couple inches apart and bake for 20 min.

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4 responses »

  1. Two of my favorite things in one. Grandkids enjoyed making these and even more eating them . They liked them uncooked(licked the spoon and bowl) and cooked. Your Cranberry Pesto Swirled Pumpkin Bread was a big hit. I doubled the recipe and my son took the extra one home. Flavors were excellent. The leftover was our breakfast after Thanksgiving. The cayenne gave it just the right amount of zing. That pesto was oh so good. I could eat that by itself for a meal. Yummmmy! It’s a keeper.

    Reply
    • Seriously, getting to eat the dough without worrying about salmonella and such really is the best part isn’t it?

      I am glad ya’ll liked the bread. It’s good to know that The Dude and I aren’t the only ones who nearly ate up all of the pesto by itself. :) So good to hear from you.

      Amy

      Reply
  2. I’m going to make these today! I’ve been looking for an alternative for my Little Dude for Bear Paws, and I think these will make the cut :) And yes, I would consider them totally healthy! Even w/ the sugar, homemade treats are better b/c we can ensure there are no preservatives, colorings, high fructose corn syrup and all the other evils of processes food!! Thanks for the recipe :)

    Reply
    • Let me know whether or not you and your Little Dude :) enjoy the cookies. And I totally agree with you, I feel like the fewer processed foods we feed our kids, the better! Enjoy licking the bowl!!

      Amy

      Reply

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