09 May 2011

banana cookies

Make these...

That turn into these...

And because they're so moreish, so addictive and so good for you (bananas, wholemeal and nuts are good for you!), you feed visiting friends some of these little pillows of goodness in small little individual saucers. :-)

These cookies are inspired by the banana cookies at Hungry Girl Por Vida.  I didn't ice them - I know I should have.  But I got lazy...and hungry.  There was no waiting until these babies cooled down.  Mmm...warm banana cookies.  Try 'em!

(They reminded me of madeleines - slightly crunchy and candied on the outside and light and cakey inside).

Banana Cookies
Adapted slightly from Hungry Girl Por Vida

113g (1/2 cup) butter, room temperature
3/4 cup raw sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups wholemeal flour
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice*
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
pinch of salt
3 bananas, mashed
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Buttermilk Glaze
1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
2 teaspoons buttermilk

*I didn't have pumpkin pie spice made my own based on what I found online - mix together:
1/2 tsp of ground ginger + 1/4 tsp of ground allspice or ground cloves + 1/4 tsp of ground nutmeg)
  1. Preheat oven to 190ºC / 375ºF. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper or silicone liners.
  2. Whisk flour, spices, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl to combine. Set aside. 
  3. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs in one at a time, scraping down sides after each addition. 
  4. Add vanilla and mix to combine. Add mashed bananas and mix until incorporated. 
  5. Fold dry ingredients into banana mixture to combine. Fold in nuts. 
  6. Scoop 1-2 tablespoons full of cookie batter onto sheet pans, about 1 inch apart. The batter spread quite a bit for me when baking, so I used only 1 tablespoon to get get smaller cookies.
  7. Bake cookies for 8-10 minutes, watching closely so as not to overbake and the bottoms of the cookies don't get too dark. Cool completely on wire rack before glazing. 

Buttermilk Glaze
Whisk both ingredients together in a bowl. For thinner glaze add more buttermilk.


  1. Mmm these look delicious! What a fantastic site you have, so glad to be a new follower!! :)

  2. Thanks Kelly! Very nice to have someone like you follow my blog. :-) Loving your healthy recipes and pics of Oliver! x.


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