Banana Bread Cookies with Chocolate Chunks, Raisins, and Pecans

really love banana anything — cakes, pie, bread, cookies, muffinspops, soft serve, splits, trifles, icings… You name it. Well, except for smoothies. But anyway… these cookies? They’re a cross between a cookie and a bread, so they have those slightly crisp edges, and a bit more density than a banana loaf, and house a mixture of chocolate and raisins and pecans that can be substituted with your favourite add-ins. In other words, make these your own, and enjoy them any time of day.
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Banana Bread Cookies with Chocolate Chunks, Raisins, and Pecans

  • Servings: 12 large cookies
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1 1/2 cups sorghum flour
1/3 cup millet flour
1/3 cup tapioca flour
1 teaspoon xanthan gum
1 1/4 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 3 large)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup vegan buttery spread, such as Earth Balance
1/2 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chocolate chunks

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Put the sorghum flour, millet flour, tapioca flour, and xanthan gum in a medium bowl. Whisk to combine.

Mix the baking soda into the mashed bananas. Set aside.

In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the vegan buttery spread and brown sugar until combined. Add the vanilla extract and the banana mixture. Beat just until mixed. Add the flour mixture, and beat until combined. Stir in the walnuts, raisins, and chocolate chunks.

Spoon generous two tablespoonfuls (about 1/4 cup each) onto a baking sheet for each cookie. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, until golden brown and firm to the touch. Let cool 5 minutes on directly on the pan, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Note: If you make these smaller, you’ll want to reduce the baking time.

Banana Bread Cookies with Chocolate Chunks, Raisins, and Pecans

Pineapple, Pecan, and Coconut Crisp

This raw recipe features nuts and dates as the primary components, added to fresh pineapple, and a quick no-bake process that makes dessert easily doable on hot summer days.

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Pineapple, Pecan, and Coconut Crisp

For the filling:
1 large ripe pineapple, peeled and chopped into bite-sized pieces
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup (125 g) tender honey dates, soaked 15 minutes in warm water (reserve 3 tablespoons soaking water)
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 1/2 tablespoons ground flaxseed

For the topping:
3 cups pecans
1/2 cup unsweetened finely shredded coconut
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/2 cup raisins
3/4 cup (185 g) chopped dates

Toss half the pineapple with the lemon juice and set aside. Put the other half of pineapple, dates, cinnamon, ground flaxseeds and reserved soaking water in a food processor. Process until smooth. Pour into a bowl and give the food processor a quick rinse and wipe.

Put the pecans, coconut, cinnamon, and salt in the food processor. Pulse until the mixture is in small pieces. Add raisins and dates and continue to pulse until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs and starts to stick together. Don’t over process.

To assemble the crisp, press a few small scoops of the crumble into the bottom of an 8-inch  square glass baking dish. Spread the pineapple evenly on top of it. Sprinkle with remaining crumble topping. Serve cold or at room temperature. Covered with plastic wrap in the refrigerator, it will keep for three to four days.

pineapple crisp served