Good morning chickadoodees! How are you on this fine Indulgence Friday morning?
I am dandylicious, mainly because I baked up a storm in my kitchen last night.
You see, my AP Bio teacher has been an amazing teacher all year, and someone who I’ve enjoyed talking to about the Padre, running, healthy food, almond butter, and nutrition.
To say the least, he basically rocks my socks. And through all of these hard times the past few months, he has taken tons of time to meet with me during my free periods and go over things from class that I didn’t understand, since many times it was not exactly easy to stay focused. (If you would like to know more about my last few months, you can read about them here.)
So, what better way to thank someone than to bake them some yummy deliciousness?
Um, I don’t really think there is.
Cookies are always the way to go.
Obviously I had to concoct something brand-spankin’-new. Which meant thinking of one of the most delicious combinations known to man, and creating it in moist, chewy cookie form.
I would call this one a “great success” (name that movie!).
These are moist, flavorful, and most of all, nutrition- and protein- packed. And as usual, they are gluten-free, vegan, and completely sugar-free. So basically dessert is okay any time of the day.
And I’m okay with that.
This one’s for you, Doc!
Chocolate-Covered Banana Cookies
Makes 12 Large Cookies
- 1/3 cup almond flour (almond meal)
- 1/3 cup quinoa flour
- 1/4 cup quinoa flakes
- 1/3 + 1/4 cup garbanzo bean flour
- 1/4 cup NuStevia Baking Blend
- 1/4 tsp. sea salt
- 1/4 tsp. baking soda
- 2 bananas
- 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
- 1/2 tbsp. chocolate extract
- 1/4 cup non-dairy milk (I used unsweetened So Delicious Coconut)
- 1 block of chocolate, roughly chopped (I used Baker’s unsweetened)
- cacao nibs, for garnish
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and grease a cookie sheet with coconut oil.
- Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
- In a smaller bowl, mash one of your bananas until it is almost liquidy, and then add the extractives and 1/4 cup of non-dairy milk.
- Add wet to dry, and mix thoroughly. Add more non-dairy milk as needed to make a cookie dough that is stirrable, not tough or stiff. You want your dough to be wet enough to spread itself into a cookie shape, but firm enough to hold its shape once plopped down.
- Fold in your chopped chocolate. Peel your second banana and chop into small pieces. Fold into the cookie dough.
- Scoop dough by the tablespoon onto your cookie sheet and sprinkle with cacao nibs.
- Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until a toothpick poked into the center comes out clean.
- Try not to burn your tongue eating one of these straight out of the oven.
Okay I ate approx. two of these straight out of the oven. Sorry DSmith, had to taste test
But lezzbehonest, these were the most moist, delicious cookies I have ever tasted. The combo of the sweet, baked banana and the shockingly bitter chocolate makes for a killer combo!
It is basically like banana bread in cookie form, but better. And there’s chocolate. And we all know everything is better with chocolate:)
Since they were such a hit with (my tummy) and the fam, I am making another batch later this afternoon. So Hollie, be sure to demand one of these cookies tomorrow!
I love Indulgence Friday
See you tomorrow bloggy boos!! Indulge big today:)
Something to Think:
Today in the locker room at my gym, I heard a woman with her daughter and remarked how blissful it is to be a child. She responded with, “Yeah, well I’m a slave!”. For a moment I thought she was joking, but she looked honestly upset. Are some parents actually resentful of their children? I know this is not something I have ever come across. Do any of you have some thoughts on this?
How are you celebrating Indulgence Friday?
Tell me about your yumssss!:)
What is your favorite cookie flavor?
Currently, this one. Banana bread in cookie form, plus chocolate. It does not get much better than that my friends.
How do you usually thank people?
I love baking because you get to lick the bowl and “taste test”
p.p.s. I just realized I sounded WAY more serious than usual today. Maybe it is because I am getting ready for college decisions to come my way? Lots of big life decisions are coming up in the next two weeks, and I am both excited and completely freaked out. Wish me luck love doves:)