Choc Chip Peanut Butter Banana Cookies
I have this weird thing with bananas…I only like them when they’re a little bit unripe, nice and firm inside. (Please leave your dirty minds at the blog door, thank you! You know who you are).
I think they get too banana-ry when they ripen, and they get spots on the skin and it looks so unappetising, which makes me leave them on the table where they get even more ripe and then they end up looking like this.
Which is great! If I get around to cooking with them….which maybe happens 50% of the time. You know that old thing…I’ll do it tomorrow…I’ll do it tomorrow…and then you end up with mouldy bananas once again.
Not this time! Today I had a mission to bake! And the partner of that banana ended up in some Choc Chip Peanut Butter Banana Cookies.
Say that ten times fast.
My usual go to is Banana Bread, but because hubby hates bananas, I end up eating half and throwing out the rest because as much as you want to, you really shouldn’t eat that much banana bread by yourself.
So, I was browsing Pinterest, which may or may not happen on a daily basis….and saw a Chocolate Banana Babka, which made me wonder if hubby would eat banana if it was laced with something else he likes. Woah, that sounds like I’m trying to drug him or something. So I searched a little more and found Choc Chip Peanut Butter Banana Cookies. He likes chocolate, he likes peanut butter.
Me: “Hey, would you try Choc Chip Peanut Butter Banana Cookies?”
Me: *mouth falls open* It’s possible he didn’t hear me say banana but I was gonna run with it.
Mishy mashy, stirry whirry, cookie dough make! Roll into balls, squish onto tray, bake and wait. Sniff sniff. Smells good!
As you do, cookies must be tried soon after they are out of the oven.
Jason’s verdict: “Not bad. Would eat another.”
My verdict: “Crunchy-ish on the outside and really cakey in the middle. Tastes like a banana punched me in one side of the mouth and peanut butter punched me in the other side, with the chocolate chips saying, Hey guys, I’m here too, really!”
But truly, the banana and peanut butter blended together so nicely that neither one is overpowering the other, making it edible by Jason’s standards.
I’m counting that as a win 🙂
If you’d like to make your own, I’m the absolute worst because I can’t find the link, but from memory as it was only half an hour ago:
Whisk 2 cups of plain (all-purpose) flour, 1 and a 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder and 1/4 teaspoon of salt in a bowl.
Mash 1 overripe banana in another bowl with 1/2 a cup of peanut butter, 2 tablespoons of milk and 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract. Add in the flour mixture and stir to combine. You can also do all this in your mixer as I did. I found it was a little dry, so I probably added an extra 2 tablespoons of milk, then add in 1/4 cup of chocolate chips and stir it up well. Or 1/2 a cup. Whatever you like. I don’t think ‘less is more’ applies to choc chips.
Now it’ll be a big ball of dough, so grab a tablespoon amount of dough, roll it into a ball, and squish it slightly onto a cookie tray. Bake at 175 degrees Celcius (350 F) for 10-15 mins, depending on how big you made them. You’ll want to take them out when they are going a nice golden brown. I ended up with around 18 cookies of a decent size.
Until next time, have fun!