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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!
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Yield: 12
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  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.
Notes
*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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Vegan Jamoca Almond Fudge Cookies

One year ago today I was busy in the kitchen making homemade ice cream.

I’d never even tried making ice cream from scratch before, but JZ had told me that Jamoca Almond Fudge ice cream from Baskin Robbins is his all time favourite dessert so I decided to try to make it for him for Valentine’s Day.

Healthy mocha almond fudge cookies that are vegan and made with whole wheat flour!

The look on his face was priceless when I gave it to him – and he has since proclaimed it to be the best thing I’ve ever made. He also doesn’t neglect to remind me on a regular basis that I haven’t made it for him since and I am thus a giant tease. He thought he was getting a girl who makes homemade ice cream all the time, but now he’s seen the real me who puts buckwheat in pancakes and makes brownies out of sweet potatoes and dates – ha!

So this year I made him Jamoca Almond Fudge… cookies.

Healthy mocha almond fudge cookies that are vegan and made with whole wheat flour!

Just kidding, I’m making him his precious ice cream again!

But I also made cookies. I actually started trialing these around Christmas time, but had to put them on hold after 3 batches didn’t work out. I finally trialed another batch more recently and to my delight, they were perfect! Soft but crispy with a subtle mocha flavour (the batch with 3 tbsp of instant coffee was a liiiiitle too strong!) and studded with toasted almonds and mini chocolate chips. Oh and they’re also vegan and whole wheat too. If JZ didn’t read my blog, he would never know they’re healthier. I should really learn to stop revealing all my sneaky healthy baking tricks to him on here!

Healthy mocha almond fudge cookies that are vegan and made with whole wheat flour!

Vegan Jamoca Almond Fudge Cookies
 
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Healthy mocha almond fudge cookies that are vegan and made with whole wheat flour!
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Yield: 12
Ingredients
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • Scant ½ tsp table salt
  • 1 tbsp ground flax + 2 tbsp water
  • ¼ cup cold coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp smooth almond butter
  • ½ cup unpacked brown sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 tsp instant coffee
  • 3 tbsp toasted sliced almonds
  • 3 tbsp mini vegan chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. In a medium size bowl, mix together the whole wheat pastry flour, baking soda, and salt.
  2. Mix the flax and water in a small ramekin and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, add the coconut oil, almond butter, brown sugar, and vanilla. Mix with an electric beater on low speed until combined.
  4. Add the instant coffee into the ramekin containing the flax. Stir until dissolved, then pour the contents of the ramekin into the bowl of wet ingredients. Mix until combined.
  5. Gradually add the dry mixture to the wet ingredients while beating with the mixer until combined.
  6. Preheat the oven to 375°F and place the bowl in the fridge to chill while it preheats for about 10-15 minutes.
  7. Remove from the fridge once oven is preheated and roll dough into ping pong sized balls (should make 12). Place on a baking sheet lined with a Silpat or parchment paper.
  8. Bake on the middle rack for 8-9 minutes, then remove and let cool.

Recipe was adapted from this chocolate chip cookie recipe.

Are you doing any Valentine’s day baking?

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Spooky chocolate soy nut butter cookies

Disclaimer: This post was written as a part of The SoyNut Butter Company‘s Featured Blogger program. All opinions in this post are my own!

Spooky chocolate soy nut butter cookies

Growing up with a nut allergy (to all nuts except for almonds!), I got used to my restrictions and learned to not feel sorry for myself. When I tell people about my allergies, I often get comments like “So you’ve never had Nutella (or some other food made with nuts)? Man, that must suck!” Well, not really. I was okay with it.

Flourless chocolate soy nut butter cookies -- gluten, dairy, and nut free!

Except on Halloween. It was hard as a kid to have to give up half my Halloween loot because of all the nut-filled chocolates! And I always had to forego eating the homemade treats at my classroom Halloween parties because the parents couldn’t guarantee that their baking hadn’t come in contact with nuts. It was the one time of year when I bitterly wished I wasn’t cursed with a nut allergy.

Which is why when I bake now, I like to try to accommodate everyone. So for Halloween this year I made these nut free chocolate soy nut butter cookies using I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter. These cookies are not only nut free, they’re also free of gluten and dairy as well. Holidays are always more fun when everyone can enjoy them!

Flourless chocolate soy nut butter cookies -- gluten, dairy, and nut free

Spooky chocolate soy nut butter cookies
 
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Flourless chocolate soy nut butter cookies that are nut free, dairy free, and gluten free.
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Yield: 9-10 cookies
Ingredients
  • 1 cup I.M. Healthy Creamy Soynut Butter
  • ¼ cup cacao powder
  • 2 tbsp packed light brown sugar or coconut sugar
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ tsp table salt
  • Optional: ½ cup coconut butter (not oil) or royal icing for writing
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a large bowl combine the soy nut butter, cacao powder, brown sugar, maple syrup, egg, and salt. Mix with an electric hand mixer until everything is combined.
  3. Use your hands to roll the dough into 9-10 balls, and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Flatten the balls slightly with your hand.
  4. Bake on the middle rack of your oven for 8-10 minutes. They will still be a bit soft when you remove them, but they will firm up after cooling on a cooling rack.
  5. Optional: Melt ½ cup of coconut butter in a dish, then let it cool in the fridge until it has firmed to an icing-like consistency. Scoop into a piping bag, then use to decorate the cookies. Note: you may have to put it back in the fridge between cookies to let it firm up again. Alternatively, you could use royal icing, which is easier to work with. If you choose to ice the cookies with coconut butter, make sure to store them in the fridge!

 

Flourless chocolate soy nut butter cookies -- gluten, dairy, and nut free

Are you doing any Halloween baking? 

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