TWO very spotted bananas sat on the counter staring at me yesterday, quietly chanting: "Bake Me. Bake Me."
Naturally, I couldn't resist the temptation. At first impulse, I thought banana bread or banana muffins, but then I decided to be a bit more creative and make banana cookies. Totally original right?
Wrong - the Internet is filled with banana-based cookie recipes. So, I picked one, adapted it slightly, and set to work baking these Banana Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies - a cakey and semi-nutritious delight!
Banana Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies (adapted from simplyrecipes.com)
Makes about 2 dozen cookies
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg, room temperature
- 2 very ripe bananas, mashed
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 cups flour
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- pinch of salt
- 1/2 cup of walnuts
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips (I used extra dark chocolate chips)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- In a medium bowl, mix mashed bananas and baking soda and let sit for 2 minutes (the baking soda reacts with the acid in the bananas and in turn, gives the cookies their rise and lift)
- Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy and then add egg and beat for about 30 more seconds
- Mix banana mixture into butter mixture
- In another bowl, sift together flour, spices, and salt and then mix into butter and banana mixture until just combined
- Fold walnuts and chocolate chips into the batter
- Drop dollops of batter onto parchment paper-lined baking sheet
- Bake for 11-13 minutes or until nicely golden brown
- Let cool on wire racks.