Saturday, March 2, 2013

Paleo Banana Breakfast Cookies


While there's quite a list of offending characteristics (her smile, her cutesy abbreviations, her love of cheese) that irk me about Rachael Ray, one stands out: she recycles recipes. So many recipes she presents as "new" through her cookbooks, magazine and shows are honestly just riffs on past dishes.

So here *I* am, doing the same thing I so disdain. But here's the thing: I find that paleo kind of lends itself to such an approach. I find I'm eating the best when I take the time to prep food for the week, and my breakfast cookies couldn't be any more convenient. I get bored of the same thing again and again, so it's nice to have a couple of different takes on the same base recipe.

My friend Max over at Fork the Cookbook would agree. She introduced her site to me a couple of weeks ago, and I'm still exploring it. While the recipes featured on the site are not all paleo, they are all whole foods recipes. The site gets its name, however, from the concept of "forking" the cookbook and reworking recipes.

My Pumpkin Breakfast Cookies, for example, are a "forking" of my original recipe, as I created them by tinkering with the ingredients of the first. I'm still having a little difficulty mastering the navigation of Fork the Cookbook, but I always love to share new and inspiring food and cooking websites.

Today's twist is a "fork" of which I'm particularly proud, because I was able to completely omit added sweetener. My first two breakfast cookies require the addition of honey or maple syrup, but the ripe banana is the only sweet this version needs.

For stir-ins I used unsweetened shredded coconut, raw pecan pieces, hemp hearts and Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips. I used a stand mixer to ensure my bananas were very well mashed; you could achieve similar results with a blender or food processor.

I actually preferred today's banana cookies to the pumpkin ones, and that's saying quite a lot (as I'm obsessed with pumpkin!)


Paleo Banana Breakfast Cookies

2 ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 cup raw almond butter
1 egg
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
2 tsp. cinnamon
1-2 cups total mix-ins

Preheat oven to 350. Combine all ingredients until well blended. Drop by tbs. onto a greased or Silpat-lined baking sheets. Bake for 12 minutes or until golden brown on the bottom.

These will spread a bit (more than my other breakfast cookies), so leave sufficient space between your cookies.

43 comments:

  1. These are literally the BEST breakfast cookies I have EVER made!! They taste like banana bread. They're like eating cake for breakfast. So good. I was obsessed with your other breakfast cookie recipe for the past few weeks and now I'm obsessed with this one. Thanks SO much!!

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    1. I must admit I'm rather obsessed with them too! So glad you like them too Jess :)

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    2. What are some examples of you 1-2 cups of mix-is please? Thank you

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    1. mix-ins or stir-ins are whatever you want to include to customiza your cookies... I mentioned hemp hearts, shredded unsweetened coconut and raw pecan pieces for mine. You can also use dairy-free mini chocolate chips, raw cacao nibs, dried fruit, ground flaxseed, etc... sky is the limit!

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    1. sorry I didn't see your comment earlier... I did just reply to Kelly below that I do think they add bulk, texture and flavor, but you can certainly experiment with leaving them out, using less, etc.

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  5. These came out so well! The batter was runny and I wasnt sure, they are a little crumbly, next time i will add ground flaxseed. But quick and easy. I put in raisins, pecans, walnuts, and a teaspoon of cocoa! Thanks for saturday morning breakfast inspiration!

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    1. I think it sometimes might depend on the size of your bananas... ground flax sounds like a great addition! Glad you liked them.

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  6. I just made these :) Thank you!

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    1. you're so very welcome! Glad you liked them Meg!

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  7. I did not do the "mix ins" because, frankly, I didn't know what it meant. I blended my bananas in a "Magic Bullet" (mostly because I was feeling lazy). The cookies turned out very fluffy and cake like. Otherwise, I promise I followed the recipe. What did I do wrong?

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    1. I do think the mix-ins are essential to the right consistency, as they add bulk to the cookies. I tried to describe in the bulk of the post that they can be a combination of lots of things: shredded coconut, fried fruit, dairy-free chocolate chips, hemp hearts, nuts, etc. I wouldn't say you did anything "wrong" Kelly, but I do think adding the mix or stir-ins creates the desired texture. Fluffy and cake-like sounds tasty too, though!

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    2. Thank you, Susan. After this batch is gone, I'll give it a second try. Frankly, the "cake" texture isn't bad, it just wasn't the dense cookie I was craving.

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  8. this looks so great!. I can not wait to make these.

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  9. They turned out alright.... I made them more edible with maple syrup on top. I made it too chewy, I guess.. cuz I used oats....

    I used peanut butter (see brackets below)
    The mix ins I used were rolled oats and walnuts (I am a different person, I used to do paleo but I was sick of all the paleo people pretending to be healthy and look: coconut oil/coconut is UNHEALThy sat fats and palm shortening!! I'm my own version: Pa-healthy-o. I follow the main paleo: fruits, veges..
    Also paleo people eat TOO MUCH meat!!!

    My rules: I eat porridge and brown rice, the only grains I eat - those are quite good - and can't have curry (my staple food) without rice. And include milk - the only dairy i consume. And I go meat free half the week. NO COCONUT for me at all. And peanut butter occasionally.

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    1. Hi Krishna, thanks for trying the cookies and glad you liked them! I'm glad you have found a diet and lifestyle that works for you, as I do feel that not one diet fits all. However, please be wary of making sweeping statements about how "paleo people" eat, as not everyone eats the same way.

      I actually know some paleo vegetarians, and there is quite a lot of information and data about how the saturated fat in coconut is actually not unhealthy.

      Again, glad you tried out my recipe and that you're doing well with your eating plan. But please try to avoid slighting other's choices in your comments. Thank you!

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  10. I believe that grains are not good but I think that some oats and a small handful of brown rice is good.
    And milk is okay. So my diet is the best of all
    I am SOSOOSOSOSOSOSO GLAD THANK YOU SUSAN - this recipe has no coconut oil/coconut etc!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But usually when I make muffins/baking I substitute the coconut oil for MACADAMIA NUT OIL.. yummmmmm!!!!!

    I'm somewhat Paleo.

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  11. How many cookies does this recipe make? Can I make these into 'bars' instead of cookies? If they are a bit more cake-like, that's ok. We just picked a bunch of pears, so i'm going to sub pears for banana. Can't wait to try it!!

    Krishna--you should do some research on some of the things you are eating. All grains are not good and dairy certainly isn't. (Humans are the only animal that drinks another animal's milk! YUK) Humans were meant to eat meat and good animal fat.

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  12. These are delicious! Tastes like banana bread! Fast, easy breakfast for the kids.. I used shredded coconut and raisins as our mix-ins.

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    1. So glad you and your kids liked them Candace! My banana-loving son adores them.

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  13. Mine came out super thin. Your photo makes it look like a thick hearty cookie. Wondering what went wrong

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    1. Hi Samie,
      What kind of mix-ins did you use? The cookies in the photo contain shredded coconut, raw pecan pieces, hemp hearts and dairy-free mini choc chips. Without the mix-ins the batter itself would definitely yield a thinner cookie so they really rely on the added ingredients for texture and bulk.

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  14. Try blueberries as "mix ins"! Yummy!

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    1. great idea Julie! We just picked some this week so will have to try that.

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  15. I just pulled the first batch out the oven. So excited! They turned out awesome. I used mixed dried berries, coconut, walnuts, pecans, sunflower seeds and then subd the AB for PB because I didn't have AB and the PB I had was crunchy so even more texture was added with that. I doubled the recipe and I think I'll end up getting about 30 cookies from that. I also added orange peel, nutmeg and a little more cinnamon that the recipe called for. The looked like they needed to cook more but as soon as I put the spatula under it, i was shocked to find that the cookies were already done, perfectly firm and stuck together. LOVE THIS RECIPE! my 4 yr old and 6 yr old will be so excited when they wake up tomorrow and find out they get to have cookies for breakfast with their greek yogurt. Score for Mom :).
    Thanks again!
    Heather from Spokane, WA

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    1. Thanks for all of the feedback Heather! The orange peel and nutmeg sound like delicious additions. Hope the kids liked them!

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  16. I also tried to figure out how much protein would be in each cookie by looking at the serving size/protein total for each item I put in. With the PB, Nuts, Coconut, Eggs, Seeds; my rough estimate for the protein in each cookie is about 10 g to maybe 14 g. YAY!!!! Amazing

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  17. Susan, I found this recipe through pinterest and it is probably my absolute favorite edible pinterest find. I made these this morning and I cannot believe how delicious they are. They have a perfect texture and flavor, something I'll be sharing with everyone. My nephews first birthday party is tonight and I'm going to give these for his present.
    I chose as add ins: 1/4 C chia seed, 1/4 C hemp hearts, 1/2 C ground flax. And I think because of the chia they kept their mold of the muffin and didn't spread out.
    I have a question though, do you grind your chia? I don't but I've heard people do and don't so I wanted to hear your opinion.
    Thank you!

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    1. Thanks for the kind words! Both the chia and flax have binding properties, so that could be what caused them to keep the molded shape. I have used both chia meal and flax... I don't tend to grind it, but sometimes if I'm looking for a smooth texture I might opt for the meal.

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  18. I must say, these are the best cookie cakes I've ever had that were paleo. Thanks a lot!

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    1. so glad you enjoyed them! thanks for letting me know :)

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  19. These were AMAZING! They remind me (in texture anyway) of pumpkin "muffins"/soft cookies I used to make. The chewiness from my add-ins and the just-sweet enough flavor were perfect--it's hard to believe they're heathy!
    I used 1/4 cup hemp seeds, 1/4 cup chopped nuts, 1/4 cup unsweetened flaked coconut, 2 T flax, 2 T chia, and 1 T cocoa powder as mix ins. Will make again in a heartbeat...or soon as I have two more overripe bananas.
    Now I'm off to try your pumpkin recipe. ;)

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  21. These are AMAZING thank you so much for this recipe. I've never been able to make something sweet that was paleo/sibo friendly that was ACTUALLY nice !! I added two tablespoons of almond flour to thicken them up a little and a little honey for some extra sweetness!

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