So I had these bananas that were about to be chunked in the trash—-I can’t STAND eating brown bananas. I’ll take ’em green ANY day over yucky brown. Some people really like them when they’re overly ripe. Not me. Yuck. Each to his own.
But the riper bananas are, the more flavor they have and they’re good for baking in breads and such. I can handle that. I recently came across this recipe for homemade banana walnut chocolate chip cookies, and was excited about recycling my yucky brown bananas into something awesome. 🙂
It was kind of like a “banana bread cookie”, if that makes any sense. They were moist in the middle, but crispy on the edges. I like the idea of being able to share them easier than slicing banana bread.
In a bowl, mix together flour, salt & baking soda. You’ll be using both whole wheat and all purpose flour.
Using an electric mixer, mix brown sugar, granulated white sugar and softened butter on medium speed until fluffy. Reduce speed to low, then add egg, vanilla, banana and the flour mixture. Using a large spoon, stir in chopped walnuts, cooking oats and chocolate chips.
Drop dough onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (about a heaping tablespoon for each cookie).
Bake until golden brown, about 12-13 minutes. These cookies can be stored in an airtight container for up to two days at room temperature.Print
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1/2 cup granulated white sugar
- 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup very ripe banana, mashed
- 1 cup old fashioned cooking oats
- 1 1/3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Line baking sheets with parchment paper or spray with cooking spray.
- In a medium bowl (using a whisk or fork) combine the flours, salt and baking soda; set aside.
- Using mixer at medium speed, mix butter and sugar until fluffy.
- Reduce speed to low; add vanilla and egg; mix until combined.
- Add mashed banana and mix until combined.
- Slowly mix in flour mixture; be careful not to over beat.
- Using a large spoon, stir in chocolate chips, walnuts and oats.
- Place dough onto baking sheet; a heaping tablespoon for each cookie.
- Bake until golden brown; 12-13 minutes.
- Place baking sheets on wire racks for 5 minutes; remove cookies and place on wire racks until completely cooled.