Maple Banana Cookies

These pillowy, vegan banana cookies are infused with maple and spices and are wholesome with the addition of a wee bit of whole wheat flour. Unlike banana bread they are light and fluffy and rise beautifully. Fabulous plain, but I like to add in a small amount of chocolate chips or nuts!

Produce On Parade - Maple Banana Cookies - These pillowy, vegan banana cookies are infused with maple and spices and are wholesome with the addition of a wee bit of whole wheat flour. Unlike banana bread they are light and fluffy and rise beautifully. Fabulous plain, but I like to add in a small amount of chocolate chips or nuts!

I. Cannot. Stop. Eating. These. Cookies. #pleasehelp

Do you have a labor day dish to bring to that party? Maybe you thought of bringing the norm, but do we really need another grill-able item, salad, or bag of chips? Nah. Switch it up with some cookies! If you got ripe bananas, you’re all set.

I had a little extra helping-labor myself while photographing this recipe. Oliver loves to carry around his camera taking photos. It was a little difficult to get some of him because he kept rushing over to where I was to copy me. Baking with little ones is the absolute best.

Produce On Parade - Maple Banana Cookies - These pillowy, vegan banana cookies are infused with maple and spices and are wholesome with the addition of a wee bit of whole wheat flour. Unlike banana bread they are light and fluffy and rise beautifully. Fabulous plain, but I like to add in a small amount of chocolate chips or nuts!
Produce On Parade - Maple Banana Cookies - These pillowy, vegan banana cookies are infused with maple and spices and are wholesome with the addition of a wee bit of whole wheat flour. Unlike banana bread they are light and fluffy and rise beautifully. Fabulous plain, but I like to add in a small amount of chocolate chips or nuts!

Maple Banana Cookies


Maple Banana Cookies
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These pillowy, vegan banana cookies are infused with maple and spices and are wholesome with the addition of a wee bit of whole wheat flour. Unlike banana bread they are light and fluffy and rise beautifully. Fabulous plain, but I like to add in a small amount of chocolate chips or nuts!

Ingredients
  • 1 cup mashed well-ripened bananas (about 2 medium bananas)
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 tsp psyllium husk powder (or 1 tbsp ground flaxseed)
  • ¼ cup water (or 3 tbsp water if using flaxseed)
  • ½ cup vegan butter, softened
  • ½ cup vegan granulated sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp maple extract
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup whole wheat flour
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • scant ¼ tsp freshly ground nutmeg
  • ⅛ tsp ground cloves
  • pinch of salt
  • heaping ¼ cup vegan chocolate chips or nuts of your choice (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. To a small bowl add the mashed banana and stir in the baking soda; set aside.
  3. In a small bowl whisk the psyllium powder and water together and set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl cream the butter, sugars, and extracts. Whisk in the psyllium mixture until light and fluffy. Stir in the banana mixture and set aside.
  5. In a large bowl whisk together the flours, spices, and salt. Slowly stir in the wet mixture until just combined, stir in any chocolate chips or nuts if using.
  6. Using a cookie scoop, drop dough onto cookie sheet 2” apart (they don’t spread much). Bake for about 12 minutes until the bottom edges just begin to turn golden brown. They will seem underdone but don’t fret! Remove from the sheet immediately and transfer to cooling rack. Repeat with remaining dough. Store in an airtight container once cooled.

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    Yield: About 30 cookies
Produce On Parade - Maple Banana Cookies - These pillowy, vegan banana cookies are infused with maple and spices and are wholesome with the addition of a wee bit of whole wheat flour. Unlike banana bread they are light and fluffy and rise beautifully. Fabulous plain, but I like to add in a small amount of chocolate chips or nuts!

I found this article from The New York Times that came out a couple days ago. It’s definitely worth a read. Veganism for the win!

The vegans are right. The vegans were always right. The least you can do is shower them with respect and our gratitude, because they deserve it.
— Farhad Manjoo; columnist at the The New York Times
Produce On Parade - Maple Banana Cookies - These pillowy, vegan banana cookies are infused with maple and spices and are wholesome with the addition of a wee bit of whole wheat flour. Unlike banana bread they are light and fluffy and rise beautifully. Fabulous plain, but I like to add in a small amount of chocolate chips or nuts!

Maple Molasses Chocolate Cookies

A unique cookie for when you’re looking for something just a little different. These cookies have a wonderful and complex flavor that’s sure to please adults as well as little ones. They’re chewy and slightly crispy around the edges but soft on the inside.

I feel like molasses is underrated. Way underrated. It's a mostly un-refined, nutrient-rich sweetener that boasts big flavor. What's not to love? I've been trying to work it into my diet to replace regular white sugar when possible, especially since it's contains a good dose of iron and magnesium. 

Regular molasses cookies are pretty commonplace, but I wanted something with a little more va-voom. Maple and molasses are such a comforting combination, offering sweet and earthy notes and conjuring memories of beloved holidays (can you tell I'm excited about winter?). However, I pretty much always want chocolate, so I thought oh what the heck, I'm going for it. All in. I figured the maple/molasses/chocolate combination was awful or overwhelming, then lesson learned. As Sarah Addison Allen writes... happiness takes risks. This risk paid off. Oh my goodness... these cookies are a new staple and definitely make me happy. They are so flavorful and rich with a fresh and unique flavor combination that is an utter delight. 

I hope you like them as much as we did! It's been rainy all week up here in Alaska and these fill the house with the most scrumptious aroma that feels like a big, warm hug.

Produce On Parade - Maple Molasses Chocolate Cookies - A unique cookie for when you’re looking for something just a little different. These cookies have a wonderful and complex flavor that’s sure to please adults as well as little ones. They’re chewy and slightly crispy around the edges but soft on the inside.

Maple Molasses Chocolate Cookies

Kathleen Henry @ Produce On Parade

Published 07/27/2016

A unique cookie for when you’re looking for something just a little different. These cookies have a wonderful and complex flavor that’s sure to please adults as well as little ones. They’re chewy and slightly crispy around the edges but soft on the inside.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup vegan stick butter, room temperature
  • 1 ¼ cup vegan granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • ¼ cup + 2 tbsp aquafaba (liquid from one can of chickpeas)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp maple extract
  • 2 ¼ cup all purpose-flour
  • ¼ cup + 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp instant coffee, dry (optional)
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • ¾ tsp baking soda

Instructions

  1. In an electric mixing bowl, cream the butter, sugar, and molasses together with the beater attachment on medium speed until well combined.
  2. Reduce the speed to low and beat in the aquafaba, and vanilla and maple extracts. Increase speed to medium; beat until somewhat light and fluffy.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients. Slowly add to the butter mixture on low speed until just combined.
  4. Allow to rest in the fridge at least while the oven preheats. Preheat oven to 325°F. On a greased cookie sheet, place slightly smaller than golf-ball sized cookies a few inches apart and bake on the middle rack for about 12-15 minutes. Allow to rest a couple minutes on the pan before transferring to a wire cooling rack. Repeat with remaining dough. Cool, then store in an airtight container.

Yield: 40

I shared this recipe in The Food Journal by Brighthouse. It's not exclusively vegan but offers a lot of wonderful recipes! Click here to see the entire journal and download it for free!

Produce On Parade - Maple Molasses Chocolate Cookies - A unique cookie for when you’re looking for something just a little different. These cookies have a wonderful and complex flavor that’s sure to please adults as well as little ones. They’re chewy and slightly crispy around the edges but soft on the inside.

I noticed 'molasses' is spelled 'mollasses' in the book... I'm wondering if it is a spelling error or just chiefly british? #grammarpolice #weareallhumanthough

Maple Peanut Soba Salad with Edamame & Apples

This is what's born when vegans have no vegetables in the house. Creativity! The great produce purge of 2014 was a purposeful one of course. But we got back from vacation over a week ago. The only reason we even had these apples was because Todd's mother lovingly packed up six honeycrisps which he gently toted all the way back to Alaska from Ohio in his carry-on. The edamame are those frozen packs from Costco, I always have them on hand.

Soba and peanut butter are a natural combination and apples and peanut butter go together beautifully. Edamame goes with soba and voila! 

Produce On Parade - Maple Peanut Soba Salad with Edamame & Apples - A quick and simple peanut butter soba noodle salad studded with vibrant edamame and crisp apples. Sweetened with maple syrup, with an Asian flare.
I don’t feel superior because I am vegan. The truth is I am vegan because I don’t feel superior to others.
— Michele McCowan
Produce On Parade - Maple Peanut Soba Salad with Edamame & Apples - A quick and simple peanut butter soba noodle salad studded with vibrant edamame and crisp apples. Sweetened with maple syrup, with an Asian flare.

A quick and simple peanut butter soba noodle salad studded with vibrant edamame and crisp apples. Sweetened with maple syrup, with an Asian flare. 

Produce On Parade - Maple Peanut Soba Salad with Edamame & Apples - A quick and simple peanut butter soba noodle salad studded with vibrant edamame and crisp apples. Sweetened with maple syrup, with an Asian flare.
Produce On Parade - Maple Peanut Soba Salad with Edamame & Apples - A quick and simple peanut butter soba noodle salad studded with vibrant edamame and crisp apples. Sweetened with maple syrup, with an Asian flare.
Produce On Parade - Maple Peanut Soba Salad with Edamame & Apples - A quick and simple peanut butter soba noodle salad studded with vibrant edamame and crisp apples. Sweetened with maple syrup, with an Asian flare.
Produce On Parade - Maple Peanut Soba Salad with Edamame & Apples - A quick and simple peanut butter soba noodle salad studded with vibrant edamame and crisp apples. Sweetened with maple syrup, with an Asian flare.
Produce On Parade - Maple Peanut Soba Salad with Edamame & Apples - A quick and simple peanut butter soba noodle salad studded with vibrant edamame and crisp apples. Sweetened with maple syrup, with an Asian flare.

Maple Peanut Soba Salad with Edamame & Apples

Recipe by Katie @ Produce On Parade

A quick and simple peanut butter soba noodle salad studded with vibrant edamame and crisp apples. Sweetened with maple syrup, with an Asian flare.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp. creamy peanut butter
  • 2 Tbsp. rice wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. sesame oil
  • 1/4 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/2 cup water (adjust according to desired thickness)
  • 9 oz. package of soba noodles, dry
  • 9 oz. frozen package of edamame, shelled or 1/2 cup soybeans
  • 1 medium apple (I like Honeycrisp), julienned
  • dash sesame seeds (for garnish)

Cooking Directions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil for the noodles.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk together the peanut butter through and including the water. Add additional water as needed for it to have the consistency of an alfredo sauce. Taste and add additional soy sauce and/or syrup to your preference.
  3. Microwave the frozen edamame according to package and when cool enough, shell and place in large bowl. Discard the pods, or feed them to your dog like I do.
  4. Core and julienne the apple. Add to the soybeans.
  5. Cook the soba noodles according to package, usually they only require 4 minutes to boil. Drain and add to the apples and soybeans. Pour the sauce over the noodles and mix very well to combine.
  6. Serve warm and topped with a dash of sesame seeds.
Produce On Parade - Maple Peanut Soba Salad with Edamame & Apples - A quick and simple peanut butter soba noodle salad studded with vibrant edamame and crisp apples. Sweetened with maple syrup, with an Asian flare.

Dutch Word of The Day

Kind --> aardig (are-digch)

Good Deed of The Day

November is World Vegan Month! Here, from the Huffington Post, is "A Countdown to Kindness: A Reminder for Each Day of World Vegan Month." You'll definitely want to read it!