Peanut Butter Banana Cookies

Vegan cookies once again! This recipe was made somewhat by accident. A lot of peanut butter was given to me one day and I wanted to use it up. I searched for a peanut butter cookie recipe and stumbled across something I could create. I did not expect them to be that good but they ended up turning out to be fantastic!!

Try to use a ripe to very ripe banana (yellow or yellow with brown flecks) so the cookies will taste sweeter. If you make a batch of this cookie dough and keep in the fridge, the banana will keep gaining ripeness and turn the dough sweeter. So a win-win! Overall, they are great vegan cookies that don’t use any oil.

Yields about 10-14 (depending on cookie size)

Peanut Butter Banana Cookies

Ingredients:
1 cup peanut butter (or nut butter)
1 ripe banana, mashed
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 TB vanilla (or water)
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix the peanut butter, banana, and sugar. Add in the flours, then vanilla. It may be tough to mix together but keep working at it. Bake cookies for 15 minutes, if you like really soft cookies bake 10 minutes.

*Notes: If the cookies need more moisture or want more banana flavor, you could use 2 mashed bananas. Also, if you do not like whole wheat flour, use all regular flour.

Peanut Butter Banana Cookies

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Bananza Date Smoothie

This smoothie reminds me of an horchata except this uses almond milk instead of rice milk.  This icy and refreshing beverage will give you all your morning sugar cravings while ingesting fruit!  Either drink this on the go or pair with a nice granola.  I love using dates because I can substitute it for real sugar!

Bananza Date Smoothie - The Kitchen Bistro

1 serving

Ingredients:
1 cup almond milk
2-3 ice cubes
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 banana, chopped
6 pitted dates, chopped

Directions:
Chop the dates and banana to make sure the dates are really pitted because more often than not, the dates still have the pit in them
Add everything but the ice cubes (or leave them out) to the blender and whizz away!  The blender might need a couple minutes to get the dates chopped.  Lastly add the ice cubes.

I found that when I added everything at once, the ice cubes froze the pitted dates and made it harder to blend.

I use unsweetened everything like unsweetened almond milk; regular, vanilla, and chocolate would taste fantastic too!
I also keep frozen bananas on hand but raw bananas work great too

Bananza Date Smoothie - The Kitchen Bistro