Sunbutter Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies

Disclaimer: I received the Made In Nature dried cranberries free of charge; however no other compensation was provided for writing this post. All opinions are my own.

These Sunbutter banana chocolate chip cookies are a healthy vegan and nut free snack made with no refined sugars!

These Sunbutter banana chocolate chip cookies are a healthy vegan and nut free snack made with no refined sugars!

Sometimes I feel like a fraud.

I mean, I write a food blog and I teach healthy cooking classes for my job so I feel like I should know everything when it comes to the culinary arts. But I most definitely do not.

Grilling? Nope, no idea. Every time I attempt it I end up with blackened meat. And not the edible kind of blackened.

Artichokes? I stick to the jarred kind because I don’t even know the first thing about preparing the fresh kind.

Homemade meringue? I failed at beating egg whites to stiff peaks FOUR times in my second year university food lab. I gave up for good after that.

These Sunbutter banana chocolate chip cookies are a healthy vegan and nut free snack made with no refined sugars!

I also suck at baking. Unless I follow a recipe to a tee, you can pretty much be guaranteed that my baked good will have some sort of major flaw. Turd-like muffins (according to my dad), flat Irish soda bread, cookies that melt into a giant sheet pan cookie… I’ve done it all. You’d think that taking a course in food science in university and marathoning Alton Brown’s Good Eats would at least make me somewhat baking savvy, but apparently not.

Okay so after confessing my utter lack of skills in the baking department, you’re probably wondering why the heck I’m posting a cookie recipe today. But hear me out. This recipe barely counts as baking because it’s so easy. And because I didn’t jinx myself by calling it baking, these Sunbutter banana chocolate chip cookies actually turned out great!

They’re an oat based cookie with my latest favourite dried cranberries and of course chocolate chips. I bound them together with a mixture of mashed ripe banana and sunflower seed butter and added just a touch of maple syrup for sweetness. All these wholesome ingredients make these a great healthy everyday cookie! Or should I call them a non-cookie just to make sure I don’t jinx myself?

These Sunbutter banana chocolate chip cookies are a healthy vegan and nut free snack made with no refined sugars!

Sunbutter Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies
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These Sunbutter banana chocolate chip cookies are a healthy vegan and nut free snack made with no refined sugars!
Yield: 12
  • 2 small to medium very ripe bananas
  • 2 tsp melted coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp ground flax
  • 3 tbsp water
  • ¼ cup Sunbutter
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 1.2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1.5 cups rolled oats (not quick oats)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • 2 tbsp mini chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. In a small dish or ramekin, mix together the ground flax with water and set aside.
  3. Then mash the bananas well, and mix in the coconut oil, Sunbutter, vanilla, cinnamon, and flax mixture. Stir in the oats, baking powder, maple syurp, cranberries and chocolate chips next.
  4. Using a spoon and wet fingers, shape into 12 small cookies and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  5. Bake in the 375°F oven for 10 minutes, then remove and let cool.
*If your bananas aren't extremely ripe and you prefer a slightly sweeter cookie, feel free to add some additional maple syrup

These Sunbutter banana chocolate chip cookies are a healthy vegan and nut free snack made with no refined sugars!

What is something you’re ashamed to admit you don’t know how to cook?


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31 Responses to Sunbutter Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies

  1. Mmm these cookies look delicious Chelsea! I haven’t baked in so long because like you, I feel more comfortable following cookie recipes to the tee. One thing that scares me from handling is red meat- I feel like there is such a fine line between undercooking & overcooking it so I’d rather just leave it for the experts & get my fix when I’m eating out.

    • Chelsea

      I’m the same way! I like my steak rare and I find it really hard to cook it that way. I’ve overcooked way too many steaks in the past, so I pretty much just gave up on doing it myself entirely haha.

  2. any cookie with chocolate in it makes me happy ;-) i’m a decent baker, but I definitely need a recipe to follow! As for what I suck at in the kitchen – I’m too intimidated to try poaching eggs! I stick to fried and sunny side up because I know I can do those, lol.

    • Chelsea

      Poaching isn’t actually too bad! I’ve tried it a few times successfully. I mean, they don’t look pretty (half of the white breaks off and stays in the pot), but they at least stay together without breaking!

      That being said, crispy fried eggs >>>>>> poached eggs, so I wouldn’t worry about it too much haha.

  3. oh baking. I’m not too bad at it but prefer the non baked variety…except using yeast. OH man I blew up the house with that one! these look so good though!

  4. There are so many complicated kitchen techniques that I can’t do… which is why I stick to the simple stuff ;) And you know I freaking ADORE these and all the ingredients in them. But question… do they turn green? Because I’ve used sun butter in muffins on a few occasions and they turned green on me. :lol:

  5. I love you snuck some flax in there, and don’t worry, your baking secret is safe with me.
    Also, I have no idea how to soft boil an egg and the one time I made raviolis on my own, they resembled hockey pucks, in taste and texture. Yup, they were bad.

    • Chelsea

      Hahaha to be honest I’ve only ever made homemade pasta under the guidance of my dad. It turned out well with his help, but I bet when I attempt it on my own I’ll have the same problem as you! :P

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  7. Oh Chelsea…. I can completely relate! Although I am a baker, it’s so frustrating when something goes array, and believe me, it does! Baking can be finicky depending on the recipe… and technique rules! So if my mind drifts away from that meringue, or Maroon 5 is playing and I have to sing, and I’ve over mixed those muffins, you can bet a kitchen flop is happening! I hope you’ll keep at it. There’s something so satisfying about baking. Take these cookies! Look how perfect they are and the flavors are spot on! Love how they’re on the ready for a quick snack or breakfast right when you need ’em! Oh and they have chocolate in them! Hurray! Ummm… something I don’t know how to cook… I’m with you on the artichokes (I buy jarred too :D ), and I know nothing about sunchokes! I am determined to change this, as soon as these start showing up at my farmers markets! Thank you for this, Chelsea!

    • Chelsea

      It’s so true – baking really is all about bieng precise! I think that’s why I prefer cooking for the most part. ;)

      I’ve never cooked with sunchokes either, but I’ve been wanting to try as well. You’ll have to let me know how it goes for you!

  8. I think this recipe is perfect for a novice baker like myself. I want to enjoy sweets without all the hassle. So thanks for sharing, Chelsea :)

    Happy Sunday!

  9. Jay

    Has anyone made these cookies yet?

  10. Love the sun butter and chocolate chips in this recipe, perfect on the go snack.

  11. Joy

    Quick question, about the flax: In the directions, it says 1 tablespoon flax, but doesn’t specify whether this is to be measured and then ground, or if the measurement is 1 tablespoon ground flax. I’m going to make them right now, but for future reference I’m curious to know the truth.

    • Chelsea

      So sorry Joy – usually I’m more clear in my ingredient lists! It is supposed to be 1 tbsp of ground flax. Hope that helps!

  12. Yum these look AMAZING!! Thanks for sharing!!

  13. This post definitely made me laugh! I can totally understand how tough baking can be…I rarely get it right unless it requires little detail! lol I will definitely be trying these soon! They look great. :)

  14. I’m also bad at grilling (BBQ and cast iron grill pan), I leave that to Mr A! I’m also not good with pastry, but I’m working on it!

    • Chelsea

      Have you tried using lard in your pastry? I use 1/2 lard and 1/2 butter in a lot of my pastry and it has helped improve my pastry SO much!

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