Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Banana Bread Cookies

If I could compare myself to a specific recipe it would have to be these cookies. Before you go and assume that I'm just calling myself "bananas", bare with me for a minute...
I've never been into super sweet food, so that's one reason why you don't see a lot of dessert recipes at AtV. Comfort food is and will always be my weakness. Anyone who knows me and has seen the inside of my house would agree that I love comforting things (not just of the edible variety); warm lighting, cozy corners and soft standard jazz always playing. Naturally when I think of comforting smells, the kind that induce the feelings of love and home, I immediately go to banana bread. I also think banana bread is the perfect non-dessert dessert, with it's subtle sweetness, a touch cinnamon, a hint of salt and an almost cake-like moistness...
Where was I? Oh yes...
These cookies are little moist bites of banana bread heaven, and the epitome of comfort.
Enjoy them right out of the oven/dehydrator, but store them in the refrigerator after they've cooled completely. Simply warm them up again for 5 to 10 minutes once they're out of the fridge.
The best thing about this recipe? No fancy ingredients, and you don't need to own a dehydrator either!
What am I waiting for? Let's get started...
Banana Bread Cookies
Makes roughly 25 to 30 cookies
Step 1.
Ingredients
Dry Ingredients:
  • 4 cups Almond Flour (you can either make this or purchase it, just keep in mind that most store bought Almond Flour is not raw because the Almonds have been blanched)
  • 1/4 c Coconut Crystals 
  • 2 tsp ground Cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp Salt
In a large bowl mix together all of your dry ingredients - set aside.

Wet Ingredients:
  • 1.5 c mashed Ripe Banana (do not over mash the bananas- see photo below for example)
  • 2 tsp Vanilla
  • 1/4 c Grade B Maple Syrup //or// Raw Unfiltered Honey
In a small bowl mix together all of your wet ingredients - set aside.
Bananas should be gently mashed, not creamed or pureed.
Step 2.
Combining Ingredients and Making your Cookies
  1. Create a well in the center of your Dry Ingredients
  2. Pour your Wet Ingredients into the center well of your Dry ingredients
  3. Evenly mix together all of your ingredients (I recommend using an electric mixer for this, but it's not necessary)
  4. Your finished cookie dough will be fairly moist and fluffy 
  5. Choose from one of the following Raw Food Warming Methods noted here
  6. Scoop roughly 2 Tbsp of Cookie Dough per Cookie
  7. After you've shaped your Cookies it's time to dry them!
  8. Let your Cookies dry for 3 to 4 hours -- Note: My cookies were fairly thick so they took longer to dry. If you want a shorter drying time keep your cookies around 1/2'' thick or less.
  9. After your cookies have finished warming/drying enjoy! 

Storing Cookies:
Keep cookies in an air tight container in your refrigerator for optimum freshness. 
If you love these cookies then stick around for Friday's recipe. I've got a little something extra to add to them.

xoxo,

8 comments:

  1. These look woooonderful! And I'm with you on the comforting nature of banana bread. A nice, fresh, vanilla-y b-bread is my favorite smell in the universe.

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    1. Oh, thank youuuu Amber!! Your feedback means a lot! xoxo

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  2. Do you think I can replace the almond flour with coconut flour? Or will they be totally wonky then?

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    1. Hi Lizzie, unfortunately coconut flour won't work for these cookies without having to completely redo the entire recipe. If I have enough requests I may do a nut free version of them in the future. :)

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  3. Mmmmm, I love the way the smell of banana bread fills the house. These look wonderful!!

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  4. Oh these look so good! Like a little banana bread macaroon. Might replace my little family's addiction to 'hail merry' treats. Yum!

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  5. Great looking recipes. Let's all eat healthy and beat away the cholesterol in our veins. I am a vegetarian for health reasons. Thanks for letting me visit.
    Susan
    http://cholesterolfreerecipes.blogspot.com

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  6. Yum! I love the sounds of these!

    I'm so excited I got a dehydrator for Christmas...I can finally make more of your recipes! : )

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