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Banana flour chocolate chip cookies

Hellooooo. How was the long weekend? Anyone else moving in slow motion this morning? 😉

Behold, the latest and greatest on the gluten-free, dairy-free, Paleo-friendly front:

Banana Flour. (<— got it for $13 on Amazon)

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When I first heard about it, I was instantly intrigued since it’s fairly low in calories (100 per 1/4 cup compared to 160 in almond meal) and gives a hefty dose of potassium. And then I was like, “Ew. Bananas.”

Don’t get me wrong -I love bananas- but didn’t really want that flavor into everything I bake. The good news: there is no banana taste.

Pure magic, I tell you.

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(Pretty carby and high in potassium. Not much else going on.)

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Some more info about banana flour:

-You can use it for about 2/3 of what the recipe calls for in wheat flour recipes. From what I’ve read online, it’s best to mix it with other flours because of the high carb content and the fact that the recipe will yield and drier texture. The WEDO site has a lot of recipes if you’re looking for ideas. I figured I’d just play around with it a little and see what happens. It’s not like I haven’t had major flour disasters (ahem, coconut flour) in the past, so I had nothing to lose.

-There’s no need to add gums or additional ingredients to make it work. Just swap it out, and remember that less is more

-It’s a resistant starch, which can lower blood sugar levels, increase satiety and improve gut health

-There are over 5 lbs of dried green bananas in the 1 lb container.

-It’s made by peeling, drying and grinding green bananas into flour. The only ingredient is green bananas. 

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To put it to the test, I decided to make some chocolate chip cookies aka one of flour’s top jobs (at least in our house). If it works in chocolate chip cookies, it’s a baking friend of mine. 

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The verdict:

 -I really liked the taste. It has a nutty, buckwheat-ish flavor; it certainly tastes “healthy.” On the “super healthy” (aka things that taste like tree bark) scale I would rank it below hemp, but above almond meal. I also appreciated the fact that there was no banana flavor. Just a slightly earthy, neutral taste.

-The texture was a little dry, but that’s nothing some butter or coconut oil can’t fix.

Here’s the recipe if you’d like to give it a try!

Banana flour chocolate chip cookies! A healthy dessert recipe using banana flour, which is a Paleo-friendly resistant starch and high in potassium. Gluten-free and delicious dessert recipe! www.fitnessista.com

Banana flour chocolate chip cookies
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A grain-free recipe using banana flour, which is a resistant starch and packed with potassium. No banana taste!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 cups banana flour
  2. 1/2 cup almond meal or oat flour
  3. 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  4. 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  5. pinch of sea salt
  6. 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  7. 6 tablespoons melted butter
  8. 1 egg
  9. 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  10. 3/4 cup maple syrup
  11. 1/2 cup chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 350 and spray a standard cookie sheet with nonstick spray or olive oil.
  2. 2. In a large bowl, combine the banana flour, almond meal (or oat flour), salt, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon. Add the chocolate chips and whisk to combine.
  3. 3. In a separate bowl, mix the butter, egg, coconut sugar and maple syrup.
  4. 4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir to mix well.
  5. 5. Using a melon ball scooper, or a heaping spoonful, place the dough in round cookie shapes onto the baking sheet.
  6. 6. Bake for 10 minutes, and allow to remain on cookie sheet before transferring to a wire rack to fully cool.
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Have you tried banana flour?! What’s your favorite non-traditional baking ingredient? I really love almond meal, but this will be a fun way to switch things up. It’s also nut-free, for my friends with allergies out there. 

Hope you have a wonderful morning!

xoxo

Gina

Workout of the day: This drop set circuit. It’s one of my favorite ways to change your strength training sets and fully fatigue the muscles for awesome results. 

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30 Comments

  1. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on September 8, 2015 at 9:06 am

    I’ve been curious about this since I saw you posted it on Instagram! I’m not a big lover of bananas so it makes me happy it doesn’t have a banana-y flavor. Definitely will be ordering this for future recipe creating!

    • Fitnessista on September 8, 2015 at 2:58 pm

      hope you love it, too!

  2. Natalie @ The Ravenous Mommy on September 8, 2015 at 10:42 am

    Um, yum! I have never heard of banana flour before.

  3. Tara | Treble in the Kitchen on September 8, 2015 at 11:13 am

    Sounds like my kind of flour to try! Especially with marathon training…my body wants all the carbs 🙂

  4. Amanda on September 8, 2015 at 11:26 am

    How interesting! I’m going to try this.

  5. Tracy on September 8, 2015 at 11:45 am

    I do have banana flour! I love using it to make protein pancakes but that’s the only thing I’ve tried. Excited to have another recipe to try! I think I’ll try adding a little coconut oil to the batter.

    • Fitnessista on September 8, 2015 at 2:57 pm

      i think that’s a wise move. it’s a little drying 🙂

  6. Michelle | Well Nourished Journey on September 8, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    Banana flour?! This is the first time I’ve heard of it! I love experimenting with different types of flours- can’t wait to try this recipe!

  7. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on September 8, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    Banana flour sounds like it would be amazing!

  8. mary on September 8, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    If I eat a lot of bread or other glutenous food I do feel a little bloated sometimes but I don’t feel ‘gluten sensitive’ enough to sub in almond flour or anything because of the high calories. The better solution for me is just to eat less bread, baked goods and pasta, not make them out of other stuff.

    One odd ingredient I have is glucomannan powder which is from konjac root, the thing they make those calorie-free noodles from. I don’t want to eat any slimy noodles but I was intrigued by a very high fiber, low/no calorie supplement. I occasionally throw some in a smoothie or use it as a thickener. A little goes a lonnggg way.

    • Fitnessista on September 8, 2015 at 2:57 pm

      i’ve always wondered about those noodles. interesting that you can buy the powder and add it to ingredients! i’ll be on the lookout for it 🙂 does it taste like anything?

  9. Sheetal on September 8, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    I’m so gonna try this recipe! I haven’t had much success trying out new flour’s for the first time…so thanks for this post 🙂

    • Fitnessista on September 8, 2015 at 2:56 pm

      hope you like it, too!

  10. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine on September 8, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    I’ve been using it for years now! It’s the best and always in my pantry!

    • Fitnessista on September 8, 2015 at 2:56 pm

      what other recipes do you like? i’m excited to try it out in a few things!

      • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine on September 8, 2015 at 2:59 pm

        PANCAKES! It’s essential to my weekend pancakes every Saturday and Sunday 😛 Also amazing in muffins! But always vegan for me. Vegan and gluten-free. I have a recipe for pancakes on my blog, but I have a new go-to with the flour that I’ll post soon 😉

        • Fitnessista on September 8, 2015 at 3:06 pm

          k i will scour your blog for the pancake recipe 🙂

  11. Janelle @ Wholly Healthy on September 8, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    I’ve never heard of banana flour, but it sounds interesting! Almond flour is one of my faves 🙂

  12. Yaara Leve on September 8, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    That actually looks delicious! I love “healthy” tasting chocolate chip cookies I think better than “sugary” real chocolate chip cookies–I don’t know–it gives it a more earthy/chocolately taste. I love it! I bet this recipe would be really good with peanut butter added or almond butter!

  13. Jennifer @ Tri Stuff I Like on September 8, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    Ooh that looks fun! I’m celiac and I love to play around with different “flours.” I’ll have to give it a shot!

  14. Mary Ann on September 8, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    This sounds super interesting! Would it really be considered paleo though? I thought tropical fruits weren’t paleo?

    • Fitnessista on September 9, 2015 at 2:37 pm

      i think it depends on your “paleo level.” a lot of my paleo friends still eat bananas and tropical fruit

      • Mary Ann on September 9, 2015 at 4:39 pm

        That makes sense, I was just curious since I like definitions 😀

  15. Gena on September 8, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    I can’t wait to try this! My son does not like baked goods with almond flour or coconut flour and he doesn’t like the taste a ripe banana gives baked goods. Hopefully I can make some good breakfast cookies or muffins with it. Thanks for the tips and recipe – and to introducing me to banana flour!

  16. Nicole Paolone on September 9, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    Love it!! Those cookies look delicious! Do you think I can try them with the almond meal from trader joes?

    By the way, I’m REALLY enjoying your e-book, ‘Build Up Your Blog,’ it’s really helpful!

    Cheers,
    N

    • Fitnessista on September 10, 2015 at 9:57 pm

      i’m not sure how it would work, since the banana flour is so drying. let me know if you try it!
      so happy you’re enjoying the ebook too 🙂
      xoxo

  17. Sheetal @ Bake, Brew & Stew on September 10, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    And I tried baking these, they turned out soft and crumbly. Its not bad at all and since I eat plantains (same family as bananas) regularly I could tell it has some of the flavor. But you are so right about it being below hemp and above almond meal on the super healthy tasting food scale.

  18. Raine on September 22, 2016 at 9:17 am

    I’m def going to try these. Not sure if there is a meijer near you, but I got my banana flour for 3$ there. Thanks again!

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