Before yall dive into this SuPeR delicious and healthy recipe, I have to explain why I wanted to create my own recipe for a chocolate chip cookie- something that people have been making for literally years and there is probably 10 million recipes out there for them.
That being said, I absolutely love chocolate chip cookies, I like them super chewy and the chocolate pieces have to be nice and smooth- not weird and hard (unless it is a crunchy cookie). Chewy and hard do not go together. Chewy and soft= perfect match. Well it just so happens that I hardly ever get the chance to eat them, if I am at a bakery or the store they are either gluten free OR vegan- not both. (However if I absolutely am dying for some and have the time, the brand Immaculate Baking has some SERIOUSLY good stuff.) SO that being said, as I was out Christmas shopping I stopped at one of my favorite coffee places in Austin to grab some thai tea (dairy free of course) and noticed they were selling gluten free AND vegan chocolate chip cookies the size of my face. So obviously I checked out the ingredients, liked what I saw and ate the heck out of it.
I noticed it was a pretty basic recipe with flour, brown sugar, the works basically BUT it had banana in it, you could def taste it too and it was super nice. I felt inspired to try making my own banana- based cookie recipe and that is what brings me here today- after many test rounds and like 500 cookies consumed, I made a very chewy and sweet recipe that only has 9 ingredients and practically no refined sugar in it at all. This reason being is because I used coconut sugar, which is one of my favorite sugars to use because it does not spike glucose levels the way other sugars do!! A+ in my book. The recipe is also gluten free and vegan whoop whoop! So if you love yummy cookies and you don`t want to feel bad about what you are putting into your body, TRY this! Perfect for indulging without the guilt or health consequences!
- 2 ripe Bananas
- 1 1/3 cup Gluten Free Baking Flour
- 1/2 cup Dairy Free Chocolate Chips (I used Enjoy Life semi-sweet)
- 1/4 cup almost melted Vegan Butter
- 1 tsp vanilla
- pinch of Baking Soda and Baking Powder
- 1/2 cup Coconut Sugar
- Pinch of salt
- Almond milk as needed to help mix everything
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
For the wet ingredients you will want to mash the two bananas with a fork OR you can puree them in your food processor. Add to the bananas your butter and vanilla and mix well.
For the dry ingredients add them all in a bowl and mix until well incorporated.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry, adding unsweetened almond milk as needed to help reach a good consistency, you want it not super runny but nice and thick enough to roll and flatten onto a baking sheet. It will be sticky!!
Next coat your hands in flour and pick up medium amounts, roll into balls and then place on a silpat or baking sheet and flatten into cookie shapes with your fingers. This makes around 10-12 medium sized cookies!
Place them in the oven for 20 minutes and once done, pull them out and let sit on a cooling rack until they are completely cooled!
The chocolate will be nice and melted and these are seriously so good and good FOR you!! The butter might not be the best but it is a small indulgence compared to other cookie recipes. And if you eat the whole batch, you also just ate two bananas so that is practically eating fruit right? LOL, I am so kidding, eat your fruits and veggies too but if you can incorporate them into a delicious and satisfying treat why wouldn`t you?! This recipe is perfect for keeping your health goals on track while still being able to enjoy the things you love, so eat up and share this recipe!!