Recipe Difficulty: Easy
Banana Chocolate Chip & Peanut Cookies Recipe Notes!
This is a recipe that my brothers girlfriend made me when I first became vegan and was visiting them in Switzerland. They were really accommodating, and she had baked me a batch of these cookies amongst other things. I asked for the recipe which was written in German. If you like banana bread and banana muffins, that is what these cookies taste like essentially, but in cookie form. The best way I can describe the texture, is that they seem like a cross between a cookie in a muffin. Although I would think if I baked them longer that might change a bit, perhaps I will test that just to see what happens, but I really like them as they are.
The original recipe calls for dark chopped chocolate, which given that I find these quite sweet, makes sense. With that being said, I had Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips on hand when I made and photographed these, at first I wished I had had dark chocolate, but actually after a day of sampling I'm digging the semi sweet too. There are a bit of chopped peanuts in this recipe, I don't find them super peanut-y, just a hint of peanut. I might even reduce the chocolate chips and sub in a few more peanuts next time. Room to experiment! Even if I never change a thing with this recipe, I enjoy these banana chocolate chip cookies served along side a strong cup of espresso with oat milk. Delicious.
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A note about shopping for Vegan Chocolate
If you are new to sourcing vegan chocolate you might not know where to start. The good news is, there's a variety of options. A lot of dark chocolate that you can buy is just naturally vegan, but more and more brands are coming out with vegan semi sweet, vegan "milk" chocolate, vegan white chocolate etc. I don't find all brands are created equal. I do find you get what you pay for. My favourite brands that I have tried for baking projects are camino and enjoy life. I tried presidents choice, which is a grocery store brand where I live, and they were fine, but I really can taste the difference in quality. There's certain things worth spending a bit more on and in my opinion chocolate is one of them. (Coffee is another!) I'm certain there are many other great brands available out there, these are just examples of the ones that I am able to easily source.
A note about vegan egg replacement
For a lot of the simple baking projects I do, I make a "flax egg", which is simply ground flax mixed with water. It gels when it sits for a few minutes. The egg replacement I used in this recipe is a powdered egg replacement that you mix with water. I actually bought it in Switzerland, but I have seen similar products in Canada as well. I think the benefit of using ground flax is that there is a nutritional benefit to adding some flax to your baked goods. With that being said I'm certain some people have allergies and aren't able to consume it, and that's when a powdered egg replacement might be more suitable.
Is Sugar Vegan?
When I first became vegan, it was news to me that some sugar you buy in stores is in fact, not vegan. It kind of blew my mind and definitely was a defining moment in my understanding of just how wide spread our use (I should say misuse) of animals has become on this planet. Some companies use bone char (animal bones heated to extremely high temperatures until reduced to carbon) to filter sugar which basically removes impurities from the sugar and gives it the pristine white colour. The bone char isn't IN the sugar, it only comes in contact with it. (This is my basic understanding anyhow.) The good news is there are definitely easily identifiable vegan sugars out there, and if in doubt, you can usually find information about a particular brand simply by doing an internet search. My go to vegan sugar is Wholesome Organic, because it's readily available and it works the same in recipes.
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