Bananas and coconut are two of my favorite foods to make treats with! These tasty banana-coconut cookies are baked with super healthy and nutritious ingredients. They are soft and slightly cake-like, similar to a muffin top texture. I actually will eat these for breakfast or for a healthy snack. Enjoy!

Makes about 13 cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 Ripe Bananas
  • 10 Pitted Medjool Dates
  • 1 T Chia Seeds
  • 3 T Melted Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 C Cashew Butter (unsweetened)
  • 2 t Vanilla Extract
  • 1 C Coconut Flour
  • 3/4 C Unsweetened Shredded Coconut (plus a few extra tablespoons for garnish)
  • 1 t Cinnamon
  • 1 t Baking Powder
  • 1/2 t Salt

Instructions:

  1. Put the 10 dates in a small bowl. Cover with water for 20 minutes until they are softened. Drain the water from the bowl. Set the dates aside.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 Degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. In another small bowl, mix the 1 T of chia seeds with 2.5 T of water and let it sit for 5 minutes until it becomes a gel-like substance. Set aside.
  4. In a blender or food processor, blend the dates with the 2 bananas, 3 T of melted coconut oil, and 1/2 C of cashew butter until it is smooth and creamy. Transfer the mixture to a mixing bowl.
  5. Add the 2 t of vanilla extract and the chia gel. Mix with an electric hand beater.
  6. Now add the dry ingredients: 1 C coconut flour, 3/4 C Shredded Coconut, 1 t of cinnamon, 1 t of baking powder, and 1/2 t salt. Mix with the beater until a smooth dough is formed.
  7. Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Take a scoop of the dough and roll it into a cookie shape. My scoops are about 2 tablespoons in size. Line the cookies on the baking tray. Continue doing this until all the dough is used. Sprinkle each cookie with shredded coconut. cookie dough
  8. Put the baking tray in the oven and bake for 30-32 minutes. The cookies should be golden on the outside and soft on the inside when they are ready.

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Benefits of this recipe:

-Bananas boost energy, are high in potassium, improves digestive health, and is a good source of brain, skin, and bone health-boosting manganese.

-Dates have high levels of soluble fiber which optimizes digestion. They also decrease cholesterol, boost energy, and boost bone health.

-Shredded Coconut and Coconut Flour contain a good source of iron, zinc, protein, and fiber.

The information on the benefits of the ingredients was researched from http://www.healthline.com and http://www.draxe.com

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