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Banana Chai Chocolate Chip Cookies (Vegan, GF)

5 Comments 06 July 2016

Banana Chai Chocolate Chip Cookies (Vegan, GF)

When I visit my mom we like to experiment in the kitchen. And of course I love the luxury of working in a real kitchen that can fit more than one person! She has counter space galore, every pan and kitchen gadget you could ever wish for, and a pantry filled with gluten-free baking ingredients. In a nutshell, I have kitchen envy.

My mom does the typical preparations for my arrival. She prepares my room, stocks the fridge with fruits and veggies, and prints out a stack of recipes that she’s been waiting to try. Mom lives with a hardcore carnivore, so my visits provide the perfect opportunities to experiment with vegan and vegetarian recipes.

Yesterday, we played with a cookie recipe that really only has two ingredients – bananas and rolled oats. It’s so simple that I could even make this in my itty bitty city kitchen! Mom found the original recipe from Camila’s site Power Hungry, and all we had to do was decide on our add ins. We loved the results so I thought I’d share.

We opted for a chai flavor, so first we made a chai mix.

Just mix up allspice, cinnamon, ginger, ground cloves, and cardamom and set aside.


Then mash up 4 bananas and stir in 2 cups of gluten-free rolled oats. Let the dough sit for about 5 minutes to allow the oats to soften. Then add sea salt, the chai spices, and Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips. Chocolate is a non-negotiable add in for me. Always.


Scoop the dough in heaping tablespoons on a non-stick pan or a pan lined with parchment. My mom has these pans that I’m totally in love with so no parchment was needed.

Bake for 15 minutes and you have the most delicious cookies!


These cookies are so healthy that you can eat them for breakfast or for a mid-afternoon snack. You’d eat oatmeal and bananas for breakfast, right? But they’re sweet enough to make you think you’ve had a dessert.

Banana Chai Chocolate Chip Cookies
adapted from Power Hungry

Cookie Ingredients:
4 ripe bananas, mashed
2 c. gluten-free rolled oats
Chai Mix Ingredients:
1/8 tsp. cardamom
1/8 tsp. allspice
1/8 tsp. ground cloves
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ginger

Other Ingredients:

1/2 c. Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips

1/4 tsp. sea salt


1. Preheat oven to 350ºF and line cookie sheet with parchment.

2. Mash 4 bananas until liquified. We used an immersion blender (jealous) to make it super smooth.

3. Stir in 2 cups of rolled oats and let sit for 5 minutes.

4. In a small bowl, combine Chai Mix spices.

5. Stir Chai Mix spices, sea salt, and chocolate chips into the banana and oats mixture.

6. Drop dough by heaping tablespoons onto cookie sheets. (Or use a cookie scoop – more jealousy – to make them uniform.)

7. Bake for 15 minutes or until slightly brown around the edges.

8. Place on cooling racks and enjoy either warm or cooled.

Yields 2 dozen cookies


Check out Power Hungry to see all sorts of creative ideas for add ins.

Readers, dish!

  • What’s your favorite cookie add in?
  • What do you love doing with your mom?
  • What’s one thing you wish you had in your kitchen?

Your Comments

5 Comments so far

  1. Nancy Morser says:

    Can’t wait to try these! Thanks for sharing your experiment. And hi to both of you.

  2. These look fantastic, Heather! Love that you and your mom got to bake together! An immersion blender is a great tool and it doesn’t take up much room. 😉


  3. These sound amazing! I’m such a big chai fan, but never pair them with chocolate chips – such a delicious idea.

  4. Oooh I love how easy these are to make. It’s funny how you have kitchen envy from your mom. I have the opposite with my mom. She has a nice, big kitchen, but she doesn’t cook at all. So I struggle with thinking of all the things I’ll need to stock up on in my suitcase before heading over. And this I can easily make at her house without buying a bunch of weird ingredients that she won’t use after I’m gone =)
    ps. You should totally share this at Healthy Vegan Fridays!!!!

  5. Kate says:

    These are beautiful and look absolutely delicious!

    It’s so nice that you can share such moments with your mom! Mine isn’t very keen on experimenting with vegan food… But she tries some when I visit.

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I'm a curious girl, wife, teacher, fitness fanatic, gluten-free foodie, high-raw vegan, and Mama Cat living in NYC. I've made the transition from baking and cooking gluten-free to creating raw vegan recipes that are naturally gluten free. My gluten intolerance opened up my diet to a whole new world of nutritious plant-based foods. While I'm not 100% vegan, it's my favorite way to eat, and making and sharing raw foods makes me giddy. Living in the City has its joys and challenges, and I enjoy sharing my experiences with you.

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