Banana Bread Chocolate Chip Cookies

Banana bread was one of my very first culinary successes.  Through the years, I have changed and honed banana breadmy recipe, adding a little of this and a touch of that.  Most recently, my banana bread has taken on a shape that it has never had before, that of a cookie.  All of the deliciousness of a slice of banana bread, wrapped up into a perfect bite sized cookie.

 

I love cookies that can do double duty as breakfast in the morning.

I guess really, if we are being truthful, I could eat any cookie in the morning and be ok with calling it breakfast.  There is just something about a cookie and a cup of joe in the morning, or afternoon, or at night, but only if it’s decaf.

These cookies are soft and cakey.  Packed with cinnamon, chocolate chips, walnuts, and full of banana flavor; really where can you go wrong?

Probably the absolute best thing about these tasty bites is how well they freeze.  Yup, you heard (or read) me correctly, I love to make a double batch of these cookies and freeze them.

cookie dough

I just make up the batter and scoop the dough out onto a parchment lined cookie sheet.  Once all the batter is on the sheet, I place it into the freezer for about 30 minutes to an hour,  just enough to par freeze the dough balls.

dough on tray

Then I can package the dough balls into freezer bags and store them for when company pops in unexpectedly, when the kids have had a great day at school and deserve a reward, or just until the hubs says “I’m in the mood for something sweet”.  Then I can just grab a bag out of the freezer and pop a tray into the oven.  Warm cookies in about 15 minutes and the kitchen remains clean.

How great is that??

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Cookies

Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins

Ingredients

  • 2 Sticks Butter, Softened
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 Ripe Bananas
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 3 Cups Flour
  • 1 1/2 Cups Oats
  • 1 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 1 Cup Walnuts or Pecans, chopped
  • 1 1/2 Cups Chocolate Chips

Directions:

  1. Cream together butter, sugar and brown sugar, bananas, and vanilla.  Add in the eggs and stir until combined.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine cinnamon, flour, oats, baking soda, and salt.  Once all combined, add to the creamed mixture a little at a time.
  3. Once your dough has come together add in your nuts and chocolate chips.
  4. Scoop dough out onto parchment lined cookie sheet, leaving room for the cookie to spread slightly.  Bake cookies at 350° for 8-10 minutes.

Recipe Note:

To Freeze these cookies, follow the recipe and scoop onto trays.  Place the trays in the freezer for 30 minutes to an hour.  Once cookies are par-frozen, place into freezer safe bags, and store in the freezer until needed.  To bake the cookies, a few additional minutes will need to be added to the cooking time.

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