Chewy cookies that taste like banana bread, with walnuts and chocolate in every bite!
I love banana bread. I love chewy cookies. I wanted to combine them into one.
If you’ve seen last week’s post, then I can tell you that the inspiration for these cookies comes from there. One of my favorite flavors from Sugar Mama Desserts is there banana walnut chocolate. It’s a roasted banana ice cream with walnuts and chocolate chips dropped in. It tastes like banana bread in ice cream form, so I wanted to make a banana bread in cookie form.
My main struggle with these cookies was with making them CHEWY. Banana adds moisture to cookies, which tends to make the cookies cakier. I decided to completely replace the egg with mashed banana, making these cookies egg free.
In order to maximize flavor, I recommend toasting your walnuts before putting them in the cookie dough. Toasting your walnuts will give them a deeper, richer flavor and it definitely amps up your cookie.
These cookies turned out great! I’m so happy with their deep banana flavor and chewy texture. I think you will like these too, especially if you’re a fan of banana bread. If you wanna take it to the next level, you can even make an ice cream sandwich using Sugar Mama Dessert’s banana walnut chip ice cream!
- 1/2 cup (115g) unsalted butter, softened
- 3/4 cup (150g) brown sugar
- 1 medium ripe banana, mashed
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups (250g) all purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup chocolate chips (I think mini would be great!)
- 3/4 cup walnuts, roughly chopped (preferably toasted)*
- 1. Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add vanilla and mashed banana.
- 2. Sift in flour, baking soda, and salt until just incorporated.
- 4. Gently fold in chocolate chips and walnuts.
- 5. Chill the dough in the fridge for at least 1 hour.
- 6. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 375 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment or a silicone baking mat.
- 7. Scoop about 1.5 Tablespoon portions onto the tray, spaced 2 inches apart. Bake for 9-12 minutes.
- *to toast your nuts, place them on a tray and bake at 375 F for about 10 minutes, checking on them every few minutes so they don't burn. Remove and allow to cool.