Breakfast/Brunch, Dairy-Free, Dessert, Gluten-Free, Low Sugar, One Pot Dish, Snack, Vegan, Vegetarian

Bananas for These Trail Mix “Cookies”

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I can’t get enough of Banana Cookies. They’re simple — two ingredients simple, easy to make and the result is a tasty, yet satisfying treat. I was trying to find a way for a heartier snack that wasn’t celery and hummus or plain, ol’ raw almonds. I had bananas ripening on the counter, chopped nuts hanging out in the pantry and the idea to somehow incorporate a Kind Bar. Sounds promising, right? I tossed in chia seeds and dried cranberries and the Trail Mix Banana Cookies were born. I would have totally added dark chocolate chips, but I didn’t have any on hand. (Note to self, always have dark chocolate chips on hand. What was I thinking?) Sounds like I’ll just have to whip up batch numero duo and let you know how it goes.

Ingredients (makes about 16 cookies).

  • 2½ large ripe bananas
  • 1 c old-fashioned oats
  • 2 t chia seeds
  • 2 T unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/4 c unsweetened dried cranberries
  • 1/4 c chopped walnuts
  • Handful dark chocolate chips (not shown)
  • Dash of cinnamon

Directions.

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease baking sheet or line baking sheet with foil or Silpat.
  2. With a potato masher or fork, thoroughly mash bananas. Mix in remaining ingredients until evenly distributed.
  3. Shape cookies onto baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 10-12 min. or until firm. Let cool on a wire rack.
  5. Enjoy!

Adapted from my Banana Oat Cookies. Like these? Check out my Coconut Banana Cookies — plain or with chocolate chips!

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