Banana Chip Cookies Recipe

A riff on one of my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipes. This version features banana chips, chocolate chips, toasted walnuts, toasted wheat germ, and whole wheat pastry flour.

Banana Chip Cookies

Riffing on one of my favorite cookie doughs, the one I use in SNC for the mesquite flour chocolate chip cookies, these decadent cookies get plenty of flavor and crunch from toasted walnuts and chopped banana chips. I have to admit, it was hard for me to resist adding even more ingredients (coconut, ground espresso, and on and on), but I fought the urge, and stopped short after the chocolate chips, oh and the wheat germ. Essentially I was on a bender in the bin section at the grocery store and these cookies were the result.

Banana Chip Cookie Recipe

This is what your dough should look like just before you drop and bake the cookies. If you don't like banana chips leave them out, same goes for the nuts - or swap in something more to your liking...

Banana Chip Cookie Recipe

Before and after. I'm actually curious about how these cookies might turn out if I used coconut oil/coconut butter in place of the unsalted butter. If any of the vegan bakers out there try it, please report back. I suspect it would be delicious and add a nice undercurrent of coconut flavor. With all the hot weather we've been experiencing, I think the trick would be making sure the coconut is in its solid state (so chill just a bit before beating/adding sugar)...

Banana Chip Cookie Recipe

I actually froze off most of this batch of cookies, and will bake them on demand :) I crowd them onto a single baking sheet and place them in the freezer for about 30 minutes, long enough for them to firm up. Then I transfer them to freezer bags (double bag). It makes baking off a couple at a time a breeze, and the pre-freeze ensures you don't end up with frozen bags of mashed cookie dough. And to get this shape over and over I push the dough out of the tablespoon with my thumb.

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Banana Chip Cookie Recipe

If you can't find whole wheat pastry flour, regular all-purpose white flour will work. If you can't find wheat germ, substitute an equal amount of flour. I look for organic banana chips - the ones I like are made with organic coconut oil and bananas.

1 3/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour (see head notes)
1/2 cup (toasted) wheat germ
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
scant 1/2 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 cup natural cane sugar (or brown sugar)
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2/3 cup banana chips, loosely chopped
1 cup chocolate chips
2/3 cup toasted walnuts, chopped

Preheat oven to 375 degrees, racks in middle/upper middle. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Whisk together the flour, wheat germ, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl, or stand mixer, beat the butter until lightly and fluffy, then beat in the sugar until it is the consistency of a thick frosting. Beat in the eggs one at a time, incorporating each fully before adding the next, and scraping down the sides of the bowl a few times along the way (important!). Stir in the vanilla. Add the reserved flour mix in two increments, stirring/mixing a bit between each addition (but not too much). By hand, stir in the banana chips, chocolate chips and walnuts - mix just until everything is evenly distributed.

Drop 1 heaping tablespoon of dough for each cookie onto the prepared baking sheets 2 inches apart and bake for about 7 - 8 minutes, until barely golden on top and bottom. Resist over baking, they will come out dry and not as tasty. Cook on racks.

Make about 24 cookies.

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Oh btw I live in the UK as that will make a difference as to what is available here and what isn't :/

Saqib

Man, I can't find wheat flour anywhere here (I am a novice baker so forgive me if I sound stupid). What can I use instead? Do the walnuts have to be toasted? And also the wheatgerm? Thanks in advance, Saqib.

Saqib

Made these last night for a dinner party and people could not stop eating them. They were awesome! Followed the recipe except I subbed 1/4 c. of mashed ripe banana for one of the eggs. Thanks so much for another great recipe!

Allison

Used Canola Oil instaed of butter worked realy great!!! mmmm... yummy

Debby

Just finished putting the second batch of these in the oven - and the first batch is rapidly disappearing! These were great - I made them vegan, using Earth Balance and egg replacer. Didn't have any banana chips on hand, but I added a handful of toasted macadamia nuts to the batter (which was fabulous as well, of course). Thanks for a great recipe!

Spike

Looks so yummy! I love bananas and chocolate!

jessica

Just made these today...used an organic baking mix in place of the flour/levening/salt. The banana chips do add a surprising crunch to the mix...might chop the banana chips more finely next time, to distribute the banana flavor more evenly. Thanks for the recipe, Heidi!

Jody

Hey Heidi, thanks for featuring the long-forgotten banana chips! I buy them regularly because they're cheap, but I hadn't thought it through to use them in a recipe. My question is--do the banana chips soften up after being partially rehydrated in the cookie dough, or are they a surprising crunch in the cookie?

Sprouted in the Kitchen

i made these last night. forgot to pick up walnuts at the store, but they're great cookies even without. not too sweet, and the banana chips add such a great crunch.

niki

This cookies look delicious :-) You have amazing photos!

Manuela

My, my, my!!! What a delightful recipe! I am absolutely in love with choco chip banana cake, so this cookie is right up my alley. I love how you come up with such creative recipes each time. It's always a pleasure to drop in here!

Meena

Wheat germ goes into pretty much everything I bake. And ground flax seed. it is my little homage to health that I use to legitimate my baking binge that I've been on recently. the oven timer literally just went off on my key lime margarita scones. with sea salt. so far I've been able to resist making cookies. because that is a slippery slippery slope...

Erin @ The Skinny Gourmet

Dear God, they look tempting, oh my holy...moly stomach. i'm bananas over banana baking. love that stuff. will definitely try it. your picture and house looks real nice.

muneera

So, are bananas in? everyone has a banana recepie!!! haha so, i tried banana chips the other day... not much my style, but ur cookies seem delicous ill try them!!

delicious chronicles

I love incorporating whole grains into cookies. I find it usually gives a more earthy flavor, especially with some added nuts. Never thought to add banana chips, these sound outstanding.

Nick

These cookies look delish. Anna- thanks for the tip of baking with avocado . I use it in dessert recipes for flavor, but have never tried it as a sub for butter.

Sophia from Kitchen Caravan

Hi Karen – instead of using butter, try coconut oil or Spectrum brand shortening (palm oil). Earth Balance is great if you can tolerate the soy, but if you have problems with dairy you may also have a reaction to the soy protein isolates in Earth Balance (causes arthritis flare ups for me - and I'm under 40!)

Jenn

This recipe was a fabulous guide to some delicious cookies!! I used what I had so I used raw wheat germ instead of toasted, all coconut oil instead of butter, succanat instead of sugar, coconut meat instead of banana chips, soaked and dehydrated almonds instead of toasted walnuts, and rough chopped 70% chocolate instead of chips. I know it sounds like a lot of changes, but Heidi's ingredient amounts were an amazing (and flexible) guide to making some really delicious and fairly healthy cookies! (I am freezing most of the dough...thanks for the tip!) Thanks, Heidi!

Whitney

We have some leftover banana chips we're kind of sick of snacking on. This is a great way to use 'em up! Thanks!

Hillary

Thanks for the recipe. If you freeze them, do you need to defrost them before baking, or do you just bake them a bit longer? About how long does it take for them to defrost?

lori

I have a potluck tomorrow and I know what I'm bringing! Great idea --- banana chips (which I can never resist) and chocolate chips (ditto)

FJK

These look SO amazing!

Kristina

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