Healthy Banana Bread Cookies – With Whole Wheat

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Healthy Banana Bread Cookies – With Whole Wheat

The Softest Cookies baked ever, presenting the Banana Bread Cookies made with a healthy combination of Whole Wheat Flour and Jaggery Powder. These surely will become one of your most favorite cookies!

My baking journey started off with the famous Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies, and that has been the turning point for my blog in terms of healthy desserts. That particular recipe has taken many twists n turns to give shape to new and different types of cookies, which have all been loved and appreciated.

Moving on the same lines, I have again created this recipe on top of the Basic Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies. I have modified that recipe to include banana with a hint of ground cinnamon and ground nutmeg, and the chocolate chips have been completely removed from the picture.

The texture of the Banana Bread Cookies is extremely close to the Banana Bread (very, very soft). I personally found these cookies to be even softer than the banana bread or banana cake, so to say. Each bite is melt-in-mouth and simply irresistible. Although the cookies last no more than 3-4 days in an air-tight container at room temperature, but these are the ones which do get finished quickly, thanks to the deliciousness galore.

So, how did this particular recipe come in to my mind? Well, there are quite a few reasons behind that.

  • First and the main one, we ordered 6 * (3 Lbs) of bananas by mistake from Costco, instead of 1 * (3 Lbs) pack. Well, this has been one of the lock-down disasters which I have seen many people doing while placing orders online (Items Vs Lbs). We do try and consume these in our regular breakfast cereal bowls. And after giving few to our extended family, and freezing some, the blogger in me took over and I prioritized the baking recipes that use bananas. So, don’t be surprised if have few more banana bakes coming up in near future, LOL!
  • I have already baked banana bread and banana muffins, and I needed a break from both. Cookies, being a regular bake in my house, needed a banana punch, so this recipe came into picture.
  • Last, but not the least, baking cookies is the most therapeutic thing for me, so I guess it’s a big enough reason!
Healthy Banana Bread Cookies

As with other recipes of mine, the base in this recipe also consists of whole wheat flour and jaggery powder as the sweetener. The bananas add the next level of softness to these cookies, and they taste more like a bite of banana bread than the cookies.

But, since we bake these in cookie sizes, the outside of the cookie has a better crust than the usual banana bread. I can definitely say that it tastes much better than banana bread in my opinion. Well, I guess you need to try these to understand that part!

How to make Healthy Banana Bread Whole Wheat Cookies

Making Banana Bread Cookies is a simple process, as explained here. Also note that I don’t use any electric mixer/whisk to prepare the cookie dough. Mostly a swirl by hand or just using a manual hand whisk is enough to make the cookie dough. Always remember to not over-mix the dough (I would call it a batter in this case). Here is the step-by-step process.

  • Mash the bananas in a bowl. To the mashed bananas, mix the butter and jaggery powder till everything is completely blended. Add in the egg and vanilla extract to the above and again mix everything together using a manual hand whisk.
  • Mix in whole wheat flour, baking soda, baking powder, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg and salt to the wet mixture. Finally mix everything using a manual hand whisk, but do not over-mix at this stage. It is advisable to put the dough in the fridge for at least 20-30 minutes.
  • Remove the cookie dough from the refrigerator. Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 375 degree F. Drop around 1 – 1 1/2 tablespoon of cookie dough/batter (using a cookie/ice-cream scoop, or using a regular measuring spoon) on parchment paper. I was able to make 19 cookies with the prepared dough (I baked these in 2 batches).
  • Bake the cookies for around 15 minutes in the preheated oven, or till you see creases on top of the cookies. The cookies will be soft to touch, but once cooled, they will be fine. Remove the cookies from the oven, and allow them to cool for at least 5-10 minutes. Serve warm or store in an air-tight container for 3-4 days.
Banana Bread Cookies – Whole Wheat

Substitutions & Tips

  • Whole Wheat Flour – Feel free to replace whole wheat flour with the same quantity of all-purpose flour. If the cookie dough feels a little loose, add ~ 1/4th cup more of all-purpose flour.
  • Jaggery Powder – If Jaggery Powder is not available, you can replace it with equal amount of refined sugar.
  • Egg – To make the recipe eggless, I would advise to replace the egg with either of these two options:
    • Chia Seed Gel (Mix 1 Tbsp powdered Chia seeds with 3 Tbsp water, and let it soak for 5 minutes)
    • Flax Seed Gel (Mix 1 Tbsp powdered Flax seeds with 3 Tbsp water, and let it soak for 5 minutes)

NOTE – For eggless version, powdered seeds are preferred. But if not available, you can use whole seeds for soaking!

Also, continuing the tradition, here comes the 48th recipe under My Julie & Julia Project. For those who don’t know, I had started this project last year, under which I had planned to post 100 recipes from my kitchen by the end of the year 2019. But since I got busy with other priorities in life, I have planned to continue the tradition in 2020. So, this is the Recipe #48 for you all.

If you like this recipe, do check out these recipes from the blog which use Banana(s) as one of the main ingredients!

Let’s get going to the Healthy Banana Bread Whole Wheat Cookies Recipe now. Happy baking everyone!!

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Healthy Banana Bread Cookies Recipe

Kanwaldeep Kaur
The Softest Cookies baked ever, presenting the Healthy Banana Bread Cookies made with a combination of Whole Wheat Flour and Jaggery Powder.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 19 Cookies

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup Butter unsalted, softened
  • 3/4 cup Jaggery Powder + 2 Tbsp
  • 2 Bananas
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 1/4 cups Whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp Baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp Baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • Ground Cinnamon A pinch
  • Ground Nutmeg A pinch

Instructions
 

  • Mash the bananas in a bowl. To the mashed bananas, mix the butter and jaggery powder till everything is completely blended. I prefer to mix by hand since I don't use electric mixer.
  • Add in the egg and vanilla extract to the above and again mix everything together using a manual hand whisk. The wet ingredients mixture is now ready.
  • For the dry ingredients, mix in whole wheat flour, baking soda, baking powder, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg and salt to the wet mixture.
  • Finally give everything a good mix using a manual hand whisk, but do not over-mix at this stage. It is advisable to put the dough in the fridge for at least 20-30 minutes.
  • Remove the cookie dough from the refrigerator. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degree F.
  • Drop around 1 - 1 1/2 tablespoon of cookie batter/dough (using a cookie/ice-cream scoop, or using a regular measuring spoon) on parchment paper. I was able to make 19 cookies with the prepared dough (I baked these in 2 batches).
  • Bake the cookies for around 15 minutes in the preheated oven, or till you see creases on top of the cookies. The cookies will be soft to touch, but once cooled, they will be fine.
  • Remove the cookies from the oven, and allow them to cool for at least 5-10 minutes.
  • The Healthy Banana Bread Cookies are now ready to be served. Also, these can be stored in an air-tight container for 3-4 days.

Notes

  • Whole Wheat Flour – Feel free to replace whole wheat flour with the same quantity of all-purpose flour. If the cookie dough feels a little loose, add ~ 1/4th cup more of all-purpose flour.
  • Jaggery Powder – If Jaggery Powder is not available, you can replace it with equal amount of refined sugar.
  • Egg – To make the recipe eggless, I would advise to replace the egg with either of these two options:
    • Chia Seed Gel (Mix 1 Tbsp powdered Chia seeds with 3 Tbsp water, and let it soak for 5 minutes)
    • Flax Seed Gel (Mix 1 Tbsp powdered Flax seeds with 3 Tbsp water, and let it soak for 5 minutes)
PS – For eggless version, powdered seeds are preferred. But if not available, you can use whole seeds for soaking!
 
Keyword baked goods, banana bread cookies, healthy cookies, jaggery powder cookies, whole wheat flour recipes

Method (Step-by-step with pictures)

  • Mash the bananas in a bowl. To the mashed bananas, mix the butter and jaggery powder till everything is completely blended. I prefer to mix by hand since I don’t use electric mixer.
  • Add in the egg and vanilla extract to the above and again mix everything together using a manual hand whisk. The wet ingredients mixture is now ready.
  • For the dry ingredients, mix in whole wheat flour, baking soda, baking powder, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg and salt to the wet mixture.
  • Finally give everything a good mix using a manual hand whisk, but do not over-mix at this stage. It is advisable to put the dough in the fridge for at least 20-30 minutes.
  • Remove the cookie dough from the refrigerator. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degree F.
  • Drop around 1 – 1 1/2 tablespoon of cookie batter/dough (using a cookie/ice-cream scoop, or using a regular measuring spoon) on parchment paper. I was able to make 19 cookies with the prepared dough (I baked these in 2 batches).
Cookies on baking sheet ready to be baked
  • Bake the cookies for around 15 minutes in the preheated oven, or till you see creases on top of the cookies. The cookies will be soft to touch, but once cooled, they will be fine.
  • Remove the cookies from the oven, and allow them to cool for at least 5-10 minutes.

The Healthy Banana Bread Cookies are now ready to be served. Also, these can be stored in an air-tight container for 3-4 days.

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Healthy Banana Bread Cookies

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