I should be posting a dinner or lunch recipe this month but I’ve been on my paleo diet all month, and some of you on the Whole 30 program. Aren’t you ready for something a little decadent? These cookies are totally paleo but very tasty! A nice treat for an after dinner dessert, as I did the day I made them.
1 cookie per person, Serves 8.
1 cup glass measuring cup
1/3 cup measure
Cookie Sheet Lined with Parchment Paper
1 large over ripe banana
2/3 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
4 oz dark chocolate (Optional)
1/4 cup rough chopped walnuts (optional)
1/4 tsp vanilla
I have to tell you, I doubled this recipe right off the bat before I’d even tried it. I was glad I did!
Do a rough chop on the walnuts (or almonds or whatever other nut you may be using. Nuts are optional!)
Peel the banana. It should be extremely brown. Mine could have gone a couple more days but after I smushed it up with a fork, I used a whisk to get rid of most of the tiny lumps of banana.
Add the vanilla and mix.
If your coconut is shredded into longish strings, put it into a food processor to take it down to the fineness of instant oatmeal. Note: I didn’t do that, they came out great but processing the coconut may make it able to soak up more of the banana moisture. My batter came out a little on the wet side.
Add the coconut and nuts, combine thoroughly. The batter should look like coarsely mashed potatoes.
Using about 2 Tablespoons of batter per cookie, coop or roll them into balls and place on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Then, using a fork, gently mash each ball down crossways, like you would for a peanut butter cookie.
Place the cookie sheet on the middle rack of the oven and bake for 11 minutes. Check the cookies: they should be just starting to show bits of brown around the edges, and if you gently flip one over, they should look nicely browned in spots on the bottom. Put the flipped cookie back on its bottom.
Put the oven on broil. (I have to turn bake-mode off on my stove, then select broil. I used the High setting.)
Continue to bake and watch carefully for another one to four minutes. If after two minutes, they’re not browning on the top, you may move the sheet up to a higher rack, but watch them constantly with the door slightly open, because they can burn quickly. You’re just looking for them to brown in spots.
There may be a few small too-done places but those are easy to pick off.
They can be kept in an airtight baggie or container, either at room temperature or in the fridge.
Note 1: I didn’t check the bottoms of my cookies at the 11-minute mark, seeing a little browning at the bottom. I should have checked. After I broiled them, the top was nicely browned and firm but the bottoms, especially while warm, were quite gooey.
Note 2: Another option. After the cookies cooled, I dipped half of them, halfway, into 70% dark chocolate. The banana and coconut make the cookies surprisingly sweet and the dark chocolate is a nice foil.
Thanks for stopping by Chicklets in the Kitchen. Do you have a favorite dessert to serve guests? Please tell us about it in the comments box below if you feel so inclined.
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