BANANA AND DATE COOKIE-DOUGH BITES

 

I had a blast filming the making of these delicious date and cookie dough bites with @thehappypear in their kitchen in County Wicklow, Ireland. I laugh so much my face hurt!! Watch the video for the shenanigans and try the recipe yourself at home for a perfect snack for little and big kids like us!!  

 

Combining milk and banana is an Ayurveda digestive ‘no-no’, so banana milkshakes are out — but, thank goodness, banana cookies are still in. These little cookies, with their nostalgic banana flavour, remind me of being a kid. Mixing banana with dates and desiccated coconut makes an easy dough, which is then baked into cookie shapes — filling the kitchen with a delicious aroma. Watch the children and adults alike descend on you! One of these cookie bites is the  perfect way to begin your lunch.

Make 18

2 ripe medium bananas (each around 150g, peeled)
2 tbsp butter or coconut oil, at room temperature
125g (1 1/2 cups) desiccated coconut
1 tsp baking powder
pinch of sea salt
675g (scant 1/2 cup) pitted
dates, chopped

1 Preheat the oven to 180.C (fan 160.C/gas mark 4).
2 Place everything in a food processor except the dates. Pulse until well blended. Then add the dates and pulse again until evenly distributed.
3 Divide the mixture into eighteen balls. Place them on a lined baking sheet and flatten so they are around 1cm thick and 4cm wide.
4 Bake for 15 minutes, then turn them over and bake for another 10 minutes or until golden brown all over. They will still feel a bit soft, but they get crunchier as they cool. Leave on a wire rack until completely cool and enjoy!

 

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Jasmine Hemsley