As a child my mother and I spent a lot of time in the kitchen making chocolate chip cookies! My mother loved to bake and we always baked everything from scratch. While she wasn't looking I always swiped cookie dough from the bowl! I had a friend spend the night this weekend and we decided to make these cookies. This recipe is a twist on my banana oatmeal raisin cookies. I got the idea for these cookies in the first place from a book called Color Me Vegan. I love this book because the author uses a lot of whole healthy ingredients and the sections are divided by color. It is a colorful book with lots of pictures (which I love!). I have been snacking on these during the week and trying to eat only a few at a time.
In other news, I have fallen in love with the website etsy.com. I have a purse right now that I bought a year ago and it is starting to fall apart. I usually go shopping for purses at Marshalls, TJ Max, or Ross. However, I decided that I wanted to buy an eco-friendly purse this time around. I have heard of etsy so I decided to go on their website to see what they offer. I fell in love with this shop on etsy. She makes so many beautiful purses for very reasonable prices! The picture of the red purse above is the one that I bought. It was on sale for $25 plus shipping for $35. Isn't it just adorable? I had a hard time deciding which purse to buy and had to stop myself from buying more than one! I should be getting it in the mail in a week and I can't wait! Do you shop on etsy? If so, what kind of purchases have you made and have you been happy with those purchases?
Finally, tomorrow you can look forward to a post about protein. Where do vegans get their protein? I will be sharing a recipe for baked flax crackers and pinto bean salad. Both of which are very high in protein. I am still without a dehydrator. If you read my last post, my nesco dehydrator broke and I still have not bought a new dehydrator and am debating if I will. You may see more cooked recipes on my blog as well as raw recipes that don't require a dehydrator. Have a great day and enjoy my recipe!
Chocolate Chip Banana Peanut Butter Cookies:
3 large bananas
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract1/4 cup of organic peanut butter
3 cups of dried coconut flakes
1 tsp cinnamon
sea salt to taste
1 cup of dates (remove the pits!)
1 organic vegan chocolate bar (broken into chunks to add to cookies)
Mix the bananas and dates in a vitamixer until smooth and the lumps are removed. In a big bowl add all other ingredients and stir until evenly combined. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Drop dollops of the dough, each about 1 teaspoon in size on the baking sheets. Press down a bit to flatten them. Bake for 20 minutes or until the cookies are golden brown on the bottom.