PB Coconut Cookies with Rich Chocolaty Banana Top

Categories: Desserts,Recipes,Talia's Must Read,

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Okay I have a thing for peanut butter, coconut and dark chocolate. I know, I know. You can rely on me for a killer fruit-sweetened, sugar-free cookie recipe and this recipe happens to be no exception. Now the thing that separates these cookies from other cookies I’ve made is the gorgeous slice of banana dipped in dark chocolate on top. Another reason this cookie recipe is cool is that it’s fast and doesn’t require a blender or food processor. As it so happens, it was an exceptional idea for an evening baking extravaganza filled with simultaneous movie watching and baking. Yes, that’s right. I bake and watch movies at the same time. Well, at least occasionally. The evening this recipe was birthed was the same evening that I re-watched the movie Tristan and Isolde after years of neglecting its incredibleness. Does anyone agree with me here? Even since first watching that movie (circa five years ago), I’ve decided that if I ever bumped into James Franco at a coffee shop, I would either lose my voice on the spot or start screaming. Either way, something would definitely happen to my voice beyond my control. This I am certain.

Needless to say, this was an evening that brought out the feminacy in me. ←You might be wondering why I just used the word feminacy and what it means. The simple explanation is that I ventured to Dictionary.com today and feminacy was the Word of the Day. I enjoyed learning about this word and knew I had to share it with you. Feminacy = feminine nature. As in,

“As they coached her in movements of preposterous feminacy, coaxing her to sit neatly and ease her muscles out of sight.”

Origin:
Feminacy entered English in the 18th century from the Latin roots fēmin meaning “woman” and -acy, a suffix denoting nouns of quality, such as papacy and legacy.

How excellent. You just received a new recipe (you will find the recipe below) and learned a new word by reading this post. Now I dare you to use it. I will always be a word nerd as well as a nutrition nerd and I like the idea of posting definitions to new words every now and then. What a superb idea! Now I double dare you to make these cookies with the banana slice on top and watch Tristan and Isolde or some other girlie movie that brings out the feminacy in you.

If you are a male and reading this, I do apologize for the uber-feminacy of this blog post. I will make up for it by presenting to you a few facts about bananas in the hopes of distracting you from gagging as a result of too much estrogen energy.

Banana facts:

1) Bananas are naturally radioactive. This is because they contain Potassium-40, a radioactive isotope of potassium.
2) Bananas don’t grow on trees. Seriously. They grow from a root structure that produces an above ground stem. The plant is classified as an arborescent (tree-like) perennial herb. It is the largest herbaceous flowering plant in the world.
3) Eating a banana can help put you in a good mood! Bananas contain the amino acid, tryptophan, and vitamin B6. Together they help our bodies produce serotonin- the hormone that is known to alleviate depression (serotonin is found in Prozac).

Who knew?

Okay now here is the recipe….

Ingredients (makes about 12 cookies):

1 cup non-dairy milk
¾ cup white whole-wheat flour (can be subbed with oat flour to make gluten-free)
½ cup coconut flour
1 cup date sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
½ cup smooth peanut butter
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ medium-sized ripe banana, sliced
2 ounces unsweetened baking dark chocolate

Directions:

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking pan with lightly greased parchment paper or tin foil.
2) In a mixing bowl, combine fours and baking powder.
3) In a smaller bowl, mix vanilla extract, date sugar, non-dairy milk and peanut butter.
4) Add wet mixture to dry ingredients and stir until just combined. You may need to add a tablespoon or two of water if the mixture is a bit dry.
5) With a spoon and your clean hands, scoop up a large spoonful of batter and roll it into a ball. Flatten the ball with your hands and place each flattened cookie on the baking pan.
6) Melt the dark chocolate in the microwave by heating it up for 1 minute, stirring the partially melted chocolate with a spoon and then heating it up for another 20 seconds to melt it completely.
7) Using a small spoon, place a dollop of melted chocolate on top of each raw cookie.
8) Place one banana slice on top of each chocolate dolloped cookie and marvel at how delicious it looks.
9) Bake cookies for 20 minutes and let them cool for another 15 minutes before eating. No burning of fingers allowed on my blog!

These cookies aren’t uber-sweet, which is great because this means that my family loves them. We don’t like super duper sweet cookies, which can likely be blamed on the health nuts inside us.

On a final note, I am 100%ly aware that my recipes of late have all been on the similar side. I promise that the next recipe posting will not be a cookie recipe! I have been adoring peanut butter cookies these days, but rest assured my creativity in the kitchen will expand to non-cookie recipes in the incredibly near future. Stay tuned!

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As with all of the pictures of my recipes, this photo was taken on my iPhone. Can we marvel at the amazing quality of this photo together? Look at that chocolaty banana goodness. Great, now I’m hungry. It seems like I’m going to have to go and eat one. Goodbye for now!

2 Comments

  1. Avatar Tammy K. says:

    Oh. My. Goodness. These look delicious! I’ll be adding a couple of those ingredients to my shopping list and try these babies! How could you go wrong with peanut butter, banana and chocolate….oh my!!!

  2. Avatar Holly Levine says:

    Thank you Talia for including GF substitutions. Also for people allergic to bananas I use plantains!

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