These amazingly simple 2 Ingredient Banana Nut Cookies are a quick, healthy, versatile snack as is or a great starting point to play with add-ins. | Fresh Planet Flavor

2 Ingredient Banana Nut Cookies | Fresh Planet Flavor

These 2 Ingredient Banana Nut Cookies are low-key genius. Combine nuts and banana, bake. When I first developed my 2 Ingredient Banana Coconut Cookies, I was amazed that something so simple as bananas and coconut could possibly combine to create anything that even remotely resembled a cookie. The same amazement applies to these 2 Ingredient Banana Nut Cookies (the basic version without add-ins is shown above, made with cashews). Now, Toll House these definitely are not, and they might be more accurately described as healthy snacks rather than dessert, but they’ve got me hooked.

The basic 2 Ingredient Banana Nut Cookies can be most accurately described as the quickest and simplest banana bread… with a hefty dose of nuttiness. Humble yet pleasing in their own right, they make an excellent base recipe on which to experiment with other flavor combinations.  And they do serve an alternate purpose—replacing a classic treat (the conventional cookie) with a simpler and healthier alternative. They’re also free of some common allergens/digestive irritants: refined sugar, grain/gluten, dairy, and eggs.  

To create the cookies (which, btw, are great for breakfast on-the-go), all you need are a few green-tipped bananas and nuts of your choice. When combined, they bake into soft, chewy cookies that are especially delicious when warm—and will fill your kitchen with the sweet smell of banana bread. When you’re ready to experiment with add-ins, I’ve included some favorite variations after the basic recipe at the bottom of this post. ♡

  • Variation #1: Basic 2 Ingredient Banana Nut Cookies (bananas and nuts of choice)
  • Variation #2: PB&J Thumbprint Cookies (bananas, peanuts, jam)
  • Variation #3: Dressed-Up Chocolate Pecan (bananas, pecans, vanilla extract, cinnamon, dark chocolate, gold leaf)
  • Variation #4: Chocolate Chunk with Strawberry Chia Jam (bananas, pecans, vanilla extract, dark chocolate, strawberries, coconut sugar, lemon juice, chia seeds)

Now I know what some of you are thinking. Five variations of a snack featuring bananas, an ingredient that’s neither seasonal nor local? And I’ll tell you: in addition to testing variations on this simple, delicious concept for y’all, I’ve been thinking a bit about the concept of “food miles”. Maybe because as we approach the deepest depths of winter, it seems more and more suspicious that grocery store aisles are still bursting with much the same produce as they were during the spring and summer. What faraway places do these fruits and vegetables call home? How much of our earth’s precious resources were expended to transport them to us here in the United States? With a recipe like these 2 Ingredient Banana Nut Cookies, one of the foremost sustainability considerations might be the impact on the climate resulting from the carbon footprint of imported bananas.

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Determining the details of food’s carbon footprint is incredibly complicated. This article published back in 2014 effectively unpacks the nuances of food CO2 expenditure. Factors that may outweigh food miles in their impact on carbon footprint include:

  • Growing conditions 
  • Storing and packaging inputs
  • Waste reduction

What seems to have been known for a while (and yet still doesn’t seem to be widely acknowledged) is that fewer food miles do not equate with lower carbon emissions. Take the example of supermarket green beans imported from Kenya, mentioned in an even older article published in the UK in 2008. These are air-freighted to stores to allow consumers to buy fresh beans when local varieties are out of season, releasing carbon dioxide and trapping more and more sunlight… inexorably heating the planet. 😳 But the article makes a counter-argument:

“… A warning that beans have been air-freighted does not mean we should automatically switch to British varieties if we want to help the climate. Beans in Kenya are produced in a highly environmentally-friendly manner. ‘Beans there are grown using manual labor – nothing is mechanized,’ says Professor Gareth Edwards-Jones of Bangor University, an expert on African agriculture. ‘They don’t use tractors, they use cow muck as fertilizer; and they have low-tech irrigation systems in Kenya. They also provide employment to many people in the developing world. So you have to weigh that against the air miles used to get them to the supermarket.”

This isn’t simply a long justification for eating bananas on the regular—I suspect you probably already do—but instead a small summary of my recent investigation of a new-to-me twist (the effect of food miles on carbon footprint may be outweighed by other factors) that impacts a major topic (the merits of eating locally-sourced food). What’re your thoughts? Do you support local food? If so, to reduce your carbon footprint or for other reasons? 

These amazingly simple 2 Ingredient Banana Nut Cookies are a quick, healthy, versatile snack as is or a great starting point to play with add-ins. | Fresh Planet Flavor

2 Ingredient Banana Nut Cookies (Basic Variation)

Preparation 5 mins 2017-07-26T00:05:00+00:00
Cook Time 15 mins 2017-07-26T00:15:00+00:00
Serves 10     adjust servings

These amazingly simple 2 Ingredient Banana Nut Cookies are a quick, healthy, versatile snack as is, or a great starting point to play with add-ins.g.

Ingredients

  • 2 green-tipped bananas*
  • 2 cups nuts of choice

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Chop the nuts and mash together with the banana, or load both into a food processor and briefly combine.
  2. Spoon heaping tablespoons onto a greased baking sheet, shape into rounds, then bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, or until browned.
  3. Serve warm.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 183kcal Calories from fat 128
% Daily Value
Total Fat 14g 22%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Sodium 4mg 0%
Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 3g
Protein 5g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g

These PB&J Thumbprint Cookies are a variation on the amazingly simple 2 Ingredient Banana Nut Cookies. | Fresh Planet Flavor

PB&J Thumbprint Cookies

Preparation 0:05 2017-07-26T00:05:00+00:00
Cook Time 0:10 2017-07-26T00:10:00+00:00
Total Time 0:15 2017-07-26T00:15:00+00:00
Serves 10     adjust servings

These PB&J Thumbprint Cookies (riffing on the flavors of the famous sandwich) are a variation on the 2 Ingredient Banana Nut Cookies.

Ingredients

  • 2 green-tipped bananas*
  • 2 cups roasted, salted peanuts
  • 1/4 cup jelly of choice

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Chop the peanuts very finely and mash together with the banana, or load both into a food processor and briefly combine.
  2. Spoon heaping tablespoons onto a greased baking sheet, shape into rounds, then indent the centers with the tip of your thumb. Spoon approximately a teaspoon of jelly into each cookie, then bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, or until browned.
  3. Serve warm.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 214kcal Calories from fat 131
% Daily Value
Total Fat 15g 23%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Transfat 0g
Sodium 122mg 5%
Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 8g
Protein 7g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g

These Dressed-Up Chocolate Pecan Cookies are a variation on the amazingly simple 2 Ingredient Banana Nut Cookies! | Fresh Planet Flavor

Dressed-Up Chocolate Pecan Cookies

Preparation 0:10 2017-07-26T00:10:00+00:00
Cook Time 0:15 2017-07-26T00:15:00+00:00
Total Time 0:25 2017-07-26T00:25:00+00:00
Serves 10     adjust servings

Ingredients

  • 2 green-tipped bananas*
  • 2 cups of pecans, plus more for topping if desired
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 oz dark chocolate
  • Gold leaf

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Chop the pecans very finely and mash together with the banana, or load both into a food processor and briefly combine.
  2. Stir in the vanilla extract and cinnamon. (If not using roasted and salted pecans, add 1/8 teaspoon salt.)
  3. Spoon tablespoons of the batter onto a greased baking sheet, shape into rounds, then press whole pecans into the center of each cookie, if desired. Bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, or until firm and browned.
  4. Set aside to cool.
  5. Melt the dark chocolate in the microwave or double boiler, then use a spoon to drizzle it over the cooled cookies. Top with gold leaf flakes, and allow the dark chocolate to set and harden.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 186kcal Calories from fat 144
% Daily Value
Total Fat 16g 25%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Sodium 1mg 0%
Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 7g
Protein 2g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g

These Chocolate Chunk Cookies with Strawberry Chia Jame are a variation on the amazingly simple 2 Ingredient Banana Nut Cookies! | Fresh Planet Flavor

Chocolate Chunk Sandwich Cookies with Strawberry Chia Jam

Preparation 0:05 2017-07-26T00:05:00+00:00
Cook Time 0:10 2017-07-26T00:10:00+00:00
Total Time 0:15 2017-07-26T00:15:00+00:00
Serves 10     adjust servings

These Chocolate Chunk Sandwich Cookies with Strawberry Chia Jam combine dark chocolate, vanilla, pecans and banana for the sandwich cookies, and a wonderfully simple chia jam makes the filling.

Ingredients

  • 2 green-tipped bananas*
  • 2 cups of pecans
  • 2 oz dark chocolate
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups chopped strawberries, plus more as needed
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Chop the pecans very finely and mash together with the banana, or load both into a food processor and briefly combine.
  2. Chop and/or shave the dark chocolate and mix it into the pecan and banana combination. Stir in the vanilla extract. (If not using roasted and salted pecans, add 1/8 teaspoon salt.)
  3. Spoon tablespoons of the batter onto a greased baking sheet, shape into rounds, then bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, or until firm and browned. Set aside to cool.
  4. To make the chia jam, heat the strawberries in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook until they break down and become syrupy, 5 to 10 minutes. Mash them with the back of a spatula or a potato masher, leaving them as smooth or as lumpy as you like.
  5. Stir in the coconut sugar and lemon juice, then transfer off the heat. Stir in two tablespoons of chia seeds.
  6. Let stand five minutes, until thickened. If you prefer a thicker consistency, stir in more chia seeds one teaspoon at a time.
  7. To make the sandwich cookies, spoon approximately a teaspoon of the chia jam on top of a chocolate chunk cookie, then gently top with a second cookie.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 219kcal Calories from fat 152
% Daily Value
Total Fat 17g 26%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Transfat 0g
Sodium 3mg 0%
Carbohydrate 18g 6%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 11g
Protein 3g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g


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