Banana Bread Cookies

Just a quickie for today because I’ve been feeling a little under the weather (better not be the swine flu…eugh).  But you know what feeling not-so-great means? Cookies! Cookies are always what I need to make myself feel a bit better, especially cookies with lots and lots of chocolate. You can’t have too much chocolate, you know.  Or that’s what my mom taught me, and mothers know best.  Or at least I’ll give her the benefit of the doubt with this one.

Like many of the cookie recipes I try out, this recipe is adapted from Martha Stewart. I’m not sure why she uses the egg in it–bananas are egg replacers–but that made it super simple to veganize: just take out the extraneous egg and add another banana. The cookies are cakey and moist, bananay and chocolatey and nutty–exactly the kind of cookie I crave when I need a boost. Oh, and the whole wheat flour makes them good for you, right?

Banana Bread Cookies

adapted from Martha Stewart

1/2 c all-purpose flour
1/4 c whole-wheat flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
3/4 stick Earth Balance, softened
1/2 c sugar
1/4 c packed brown sugar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 c mashed banana (2 large bananas)
1/2 c old-fashioned rolled oats
4 ounces semisweet chocolate or chocolate chips
1/4 c chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Whisk together flours, salt, and baking soda in a small bowl; set aside.

Put Earth Balance and sugars into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; mix on medium speed until pale and fluffy. Reduce speed to low. Add vanilla; mix until combined. Mix in banana. Add flour mixture; mix until just combined. Stir in oats, chocolate chunks, and walnuts.

Drop dough onto baking sheets, spacing about 2 inches apart. Bake cookies, rotating sheets halfway through, until golden brown and just set, 12 to 13 minutes. Let cool on sheets on wire racks 5 minutes.

Makes 15 or so.

13 Responses to “Banana Bread Cookies”
  1. VeggieGirl says:

    Holy yum combination of classic treats!! Can’t go wrong with both banana bread and cookies :)

  2. Anna says:

    Those look delicious! I love the chocolate-banana-oat combination.

  3. Kiersten says:

    How delicious! Banana baked goods always make me feel better too.

  4. Renae says:

    I don’t make cookies very often, but the next time the urge strikes me, these are it!

  5. Shelby says:

    Mmm, those sound amazing.

  6. Becky says:

    Oooh perfect! I picked up chocolate chips to make some kind of baked treat. This is so on!

  7. Hannah says:

    How perfect, I have some brown bananas waiting to be used, but didn’t really want to make a whole loaf of banana bread!

  8. laura says:

    hey, a whole grain AND fruit serving? sounds healthy to me! pay no attention to that earth balance and sugar lurking in the corner. ;-)

  9. jessy says:

    sorry you’re feeling under the weather, Jes. i’m sending some healthy thoughts your sway! so true – one cannot overdo it on the chocolate, and cookies make everything better! i find it funny when people use egg in banana goodies as well – silly omnis! i’m gonna gluten-freeify these – i can’t wait!

  10. fortheloveofguava says:

    YUM! Hope you feel better!

  11. I am just going to assume that you missed my post on sugar and how it kicks the butt of the immune system. No worries. Things that are good for our spirit, are good for our health.

  12. Sal says:

    yum these sound perfect.

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