March 26, 2012

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Bites

This recipe was somewhat adapted from what the author at calls "Breakfast Cookies."  These are nothing like the breakfast cookies I blogged about previously (oh, how I love those cookies!).  These taste more like chocolate chip banana bread than a cookie so I named them accordingly. They are not very sweet and to me need something else...maybe walnuts, coconut, both???  
1 large egg
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 medium ripe banana, mashed
1 1/2 tablespoon honey
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup old-fashioned oats
2 tablespoons flaxseed
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons peanut butter, melted
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup dried cranberries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a bowl, mix flour, oats, salt, baking soda, cinnamon and flaxseed together, then set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk egg, sugar, vanilla, mashed banana, butter and honey together until smooth. Add in dry ingredients (flour through soda), mixing just until the batter comes together. Mix in melted peanut butter. Lastly, add chocolate chips and cranberries, mixing until distributed. Drop heaping tablespoons of batter, about 2 inches apart, onto a baking sheet lined with a silicone pad or parchment paper. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until set and golden around the edges and on the bottoms.

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