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January 28, 2013

Pin Win: Banana Bread Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Been meaning to make this banana bread chocolate chunk cookie recipe ever since my FB friend Carol-in-Omaha posted it right before the holidays.  She'd won first place in a baking contest for them.  Then I gave the recipe to my dear friend-and-college-roomie Angie when she needed a recipe that utilized bananas because she had a bumper crop of them in her freezer, so I sent it to her.  The next day she told me that she and her daughter ended up eating a quite a bit of the batter because it was just so darn good.  

I finally had enough overripe bananas so I went ahead and tried them.

2 1/2 cups All Purpose Flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup mashed ripe banana (about 2-3)
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups quick or old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chunks

Preheat oven to 375° degrees F.
In medium bowl stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
In large bowl beat butter until light and fluffy. Slowly add brown sugar and then beat additional 2 minutes. Beat in banana, eggs and vanilla, just until combined.
Stir in flour mixture.
Stir in oats, nuts (if desired-I excluded them) and chocolate chunks.
Drop by heaping teaspoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheet. 
Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool for one minute before moving to wire rack to cool completely.

I got about 63 cookies, and I also used walnuts instead of pecans.  Also, I put the blobs of dough on the baking sheet and they stayed that way.  My first dozen were overdone because I had to mash them down and leave them in a little longer because they never spread out on their own.  

They taste much better than they look.  


  1. Anonymous7:20 AM

    Yes please!

  2. Awesome! I regularly and purposely let bananas over ripen just to make banana bread - and the best ones are with pecans and/or chocolate chips! So these cookies must be very similar (although I've never tried it with brown sugar!)


  3. I made cookies almost exactly like this yesterday only they had less butter. I added chocolate chips so my son would eat them and they were yummo!

  4. By the way, I'm a big fan of that Skinnytaste blog. When I'm not dieting, I'm a big fan of all food blogs... sigh... so I have all the full fat ones on my blogroll and I try not to look at them. Hard though.

  5. We have bananas galore on our land, so this is a pin win-win! I'm doing great, JoJo, and it looks like you are, too! Hope to be doing more blog posting about our island life...

  6. These look really good! I have never heard of banana and chocolate cookies. I am going to have to try these. I bet they won't last long at my house.


  7. Oh yum!! Can you send me some via email please ;)

  8. They were very moist and tasty, and not at all overpoweringly sweet. You could really taste everything. I gave a bunch to one of my friends and also for my sweetie's mechanic b/c he's been really good to us.

  9. They look good too! Seems like i have all those ingredients at home, let's see. Thanks for sharing, I'm always in for some tasty treat:)

  10. Those cookies look incredible!
    I've got overripe bananas on hand. Might have to make this a project.

  11. Is there a talent you don't possess?

  12. Oh my gosh, those look so yummy it makes me want to go get some bananas and let them go overripe ha ha ha!!

  13. They look really tasty. I hope you enjoy them!
    Everyday Inspired

  14. These look totally yummy! I would have used walnuts them :) Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  15. Oooooo...yum. I've always held onto my ripe bananas (and even bought some that way) to use them for bread. Gonna have to try the cookies.