Banana Chocolate Softies 1

Banana Chocolate ‘Softies’

Serves: 6

Happy Tuesday! I hope you had a great start to your week yesterday! I had a marvelous Monday, baking away for the boyfriend….and you of course! πŸ˜‰ It was chilly in my house, so I figured the best way to warm up was to turn on the oven and start baking away! Three and a half hours of baking to be exact! It was great! It helped calm some of my excitement for the race this weekend. It’s starting to take over my mind! I feel ready, so it makes me want to just go out there and run it now! (I’m a very impatient person if you hadn’t noticed!)

One of the recipes I made yesterday was a second version of this cookie. I call them ‘softies’ because they have a texture like those soft, chewy (unhealthy) chocolate chip chewy cookies you can buy at the grocery store (not that I’ve ever eaten them, lol), so I am told! I will explain in the “how were they” recap below why I ended up making 2 versions. One version falls within all limits of clean eating and Tosca Reno’s #strikesugar movement this month. The other version is clean, except for those mini chocolate chips (oops!) πŸ˜‰ But the boyfriend isn’t following the #strikesugar movement like I am, so it’s acceptable to make a batch for each of us because we both need 6 cookies each, right? πŸ™‚

Fit Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 tsp ACV (apple cider vinegar)
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 small bananas (~170g)m mashed
  • 2 1/2 tbs (35g) Nestle mini semi sweet chocolate chips, optional

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  • cookie sheet
  • parchment paper

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Directions

1. Pre heat your oven to 350 degrees.

2. Lay a piece of parchment paper on your baking sheet.

3.Β  Spray your parchment paper with non stick cooking spray.

4. In a bowl combine your dry ingredients: hemp protein powder, coconut flour, stevia and baking powder.

5. In a second bowl combine your mashed banana, eggs, vanilla and ACV. Mix well.

6. Mix your wet ingredients into your dry ingredients.

7. If adding chocolate chips, fold them in now.

8. Using a tablespoon divide your batter into 6 large cookies.

9. Using a spatula, smooth and shape cookies into desired size. (I made mine round and flattened them until the were about the diameter of my index finger)

10. Bake the cookies for ~25 minutes. (They will still feel slightly soft when you remove them, but they will set as they cool)

11. Allow to cool before eating.

 

Ok, so now the story behind the ‘2 versions’! I know you have been waiting anxiously for this! The boyfriend had just come back from Korea and hadn’t been in a consistent workout regiment since before leaving. Because of this he was being more careful than usual about what he was eating. Last Wednesday night I decided that I wanted to make him a healthy treat since I hadn’t made him something in a few days. This was kind of a last minute decision too, btw! So I went into the kitchen and threw something together before he got home for dinner. I was telling him all about the cookies and why I made them, blah blah blah. So, before I started dinner I decided I was going to take a quick shower. Well, the boyfriend was really hungry and decided to ‘try’ the cookies while I was showering. Well, he apparently liked them because he came straight into the bathroom and told me that THESE were his new favorite snack I make! I was amazed! Then, he proceeded to eat 3 more before dinner!! Well, THAT right there told me that they were delicious! So, he asked for a second batch this weekend. But this time I decided to kick them up a notch with the mini chocolate chips since he had asked for a ‘double chocolate cookie’! The results, EVEN BETTER than the first!!

So, I warn you in advance, these cookies may not last too long after they cool! My first batch lasted 4 hours because he ate the rest of them after dinner that night! πŸ™‚

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Nutrition: (per 1 out of 6 cookies, WITHOUT chocolate chips)

Calories: 93.9, Protein: 5.7g, Carbs: 12.7g, Fat: 3.1g (1g Saturated), Sodium: 37mg, Fiber: 5g (Net Carbs: 7.7g)

 

Nutrition: (per 1 out of 6 cookies, WITH chocolate chips)

Calories: 123.1, Protein: 5.7g, Carbs: 16.5g, Fat: 4.7g (3g Saturated), Sodium: 37mg, Fiber: 5g (Net Carbs: 11.5g)

 

**As a side note, you could absolutely make these cookies smaller! I made big ones because, well, I don’t like to feel like I don’t get more than 1 mouth full from my food! But this recipe could easily make 8 decent size cookies!

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17 Comments
  • Ahh I still need to find that hemp protein! I couldn’t find any this past weekend…maybe I’ll try online!! πŸ˜€

    September 25, 2012
    • Hey! You can buy it online at http://www.nutiva.com! Theirs is the best chocolate hemp protein! πŸ™‚ Have a great day lady!

      September 25, 2012
  • Natalie

    Ok, first the waffles and now these! I clicked on the link and orderd up some chocolate hemp protein. I smell your chocolate waffle recipe coming up this weekend! I also ordered Hemp Seeds from the same site (Nutiva). I haven’t tried them before but since you use them so often…………..I thought I’d give them a try. Just finished off two of your pumpkin muffins with a side of egg whites pre-workout. Have a good day

    September 25, 2012
    • You are going to LOVE the hemp protein! It’s delicious!! I use it to make ‘brownie’ mug cakes all the time! Yummy! And the hemp seeds are loaded with healthy omega 3 fats and protein! One of my readers asked me to create a savory recipe using them, so I am on a mission! I am glad you are still enjoying the pumpkin muffins! I have another awesome one coming up soon! Nutiva is the best brand of hemp protein and seeds! I hope you have a great workout and an awesome day!! BTW, still need to know where you got those coconut wraps! πŸ™‚

      September 25, 2012
      • Natalie

        I bought them at a local Health Food Store. Have you tried them?????????

        September 25, 2012
        • YES!!! And I am addicted!! They are already long gone!! What health food store? I need to find them around here! πŸ™‚

          September 25, 2012
  • Oh yes, I will be making these. And mine may not last too long BEFORE they cool, haha. At least no one will steal them while I’m in the shower πŸ˜‰

    September 25, 2012
    • Hahahahaha!! That is hilarious…but sadly, so true! I didn’t even get one!! I can’t wait to hear how they turn out for you!!

      September 25, 2012
  • Holy cow, i wish these could go in my stomach like RIGHT NOW!! I’m assuming you must use the chocolate hemp shake though? or could it be replaced??

    September 25, 2012
    • Hey Jessie! You could sub it with part whole wheat flour and part cocoa powder! I’m sure they would taste just as yummy! I’m not sure how regular whey protein would work?! Let me know if you make them!

      September 25, 2012
  • Steph

    roughly how much stevia do u use?

    September 25, 2012
    • Hi Steph,

      I used 1/3c in mine, which sounds like an exorbitant amount! However, I don’t know why but my stevia never makes the recipes come out sweet enough if I don’t use a lot. I currently use Trader Joe’s powdered stevia, but am thinking of trying a different brand to see how the results compare! πŸ™‚

      September 25, 2012
  • Candice Protheroe

    these are amazing!!! i added cocoa powder into half the mixture to make them more chocolately they were divine! ive noticed my brother has now discovered all my goodies and i wake up and discover someones eaten my goodies hes had a little midnight snack haha

    September 27, 2012
    • Hahaha! That is so funny Candice! You better put an alarm on your clean eats! πŸ˜‰ Yes, cocoa powder would be amazing in them for an extra extra chocolate kick! πŸ™‚

      September 27, 2012
    • Hahaha! That is so funny Candice! You better put an alarm on your clean eats! πŸ˜‰ Yes, cocoa powder would be amazing in them for an extra extra chocolate kick! πŸ™‚ I am so glad you are enjoying the recipes! Thank you for all your wonderful comments! It really makes me smile! πŸ™‚

      September 27, 2012
  • Ella

    Hey Sarah – Can you please let me know what is the function of ACV in the recipe? Is it to make the flour softer? I want to see understand the rationale, so I know what to replace it with. Thanks so much!

    October 27, 2012

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