Vegan Banana Walnut Bread Cookies

You know what’s better than freshly baked banana bread?

banana walnut bread cookie with a bite taken out of itFreshly baked banana bread cookies.

(Vegan and properly combined, to boot!)

These delectable treats are crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, with a nice crunch from the walnuts. They pack a huge banana flavor, without being overly sweet–> in fact, there is no additional sugar to worry about, making these a perfect “snack” cookie.

At least, that’s what I keep telling myself as I go back for another helping.

a half a cup of almond butter and a banana

Vegan Banana Walnut Bread Cookies
makes a dozen cookies

Ingredients:

1/2 cup creamy almond butter
1 very ripe banana, mashed (about 1/2 cup)
3 tablespoons ground flax seed
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup raw walnut pieces
pinch sea salt

*liquid stevia, if desired (I added 10 drops, for a sweeter banana bread flavor)

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350F. In a medium bowl, mix together all the ingredients until well combined.

mixing walnuts into cookie batter

Allow the mixture to sit for about 10 minutes– letting the flax “gel” into the batter.

Using a tablespoon, or cookie scoop, drop the cookie dough onto a baking sheet lined with a Silpat, or parchment paper.

Bake for 10 minutes at 350F, turning the pan halfway through the baking time for even browning.

banana walnut bread cookies baking in the oven

Let the cookies to cool on the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

banana walnut bread cookies on a cooling rack

These cookies didn’t last long in my house, so I recommend making a double-batch if you have to share.

two banana walnut bread cookies with a bite taken out of one

Sharing is so overrated.

Enjoy!

4.67 from 12 votes
Vegan Banana Bread Cookies
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 
These delectable treats are crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, with a nice crunch from the walnuts. They pack a huge banana flavor, without being overly sweet. In fact, there is no additional sugar to worry about, making these a perfect "snack" cookie.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: banana bread, cookies, vegan, walnut
Servings: 12
Calories: 98 kcal
Author: Detoxinista.com
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup creamy almond butter
  • 1 very ripe banana , mashed (about 1/2 cup)
  • 3 tablespoons ground flax seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup raw walnut pieces
  • pinch sea salt
  • (optional) liquid stevia, if desired. I added 10 drops, for a sweeter banana bread flavor
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350F. In a medium bowl, mix together all the ingredients until well combined.
  2. Allow the mixture to sit for about 10 minutes-- letting the flax "gel" into the batter.
  3. Using a tablespoon, or cookie scoop, drop the cookie dough onto a baking sheet lined with a Silpat, or parchment paper.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes at 350F, turning the pan halfway through the baking time for even browning.
  5. Let the cookies to cool on the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Per Serving: Calories: 98, Fat: 8g, Carbohydrates: 5g, Fiber: 1g, Protein: 2g

Hope these cookies are a hit with you and your family as well!

A Note on “Vegan-izing” Cookies: For those of you who have asked for more vegan, or properly combined, grain-free cookies, I’ve had GREAT success using a flax egg to replace the regular egg called for in my recipes. Make sure you follow this method for making flax eggs, for best results. Happy baking!

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Comments

Amanda

Can I use chia seeds instead of flax? I don’t have any flax

Dawn

I’m a newbie plant based eater in deep search of healthy snacks and these cookies are a winner! Followed your yummy recipe but freestyled by adding some molasses. Yum. Ate 4 and froze the rest in doubles to go with afternoon tea. Sending you a (((thanks)))fist bump.

Beth

These are soooooo good. Made a double batch. I may have to hide them from everyone.

Brianna

Made these cookies today since I had practically black bananas that needed to be used up. Used pecans instead of walnuts, since that’s what I had on hand. They were great! I love how much flavor they have just from the banana! Thanks!

Berenice

I made this cookies for breakfast and used extra crunchy peanut butter (no wulnuts and used Truvia brown sugar mix)and turned out really good. Thanks for the recepe

Raquel

Hi, I would like to make this cookies but, my little son can’t eat bananas, can I use pumpkin purée or any other fruit?
Thank you

Gingervee

Hello!
I made this yesterday and it was SOOOO GOOD!
I didn’t have enough to double the batch but I’m in love with it. Question, can I share this on my website with credits of course.

Chat with you soon.

Have a wonderful day!

Best
Ginger-vee

    Megan

    I ask that folks don’t re-post my recipes on other sites, but you are welcome to share one of my photos on your website with a link back to the full recipe. I’m so glad you enjoyed them!

Selena @ The Nutritious Kitchen

I can’t get over then nutritional profile on these! I found this recipe while on The Hummusapien’s blog and I am SO glad I did! Definitley making these asap to cure my late night dessert cravings 🙂

Nicole

Fabulous.. Just made these.. I subbed the almond butter and used natural peanut butter and used local unpasteurized honey instead of stevia.. Threw in a bit of hemp seeds for extra protein in goodness. Fabulous!!! Will be making these again!

Diane Lynn

how many calories are in one cookie or entire batch?

Birdie

Megan, you are brilliant! These were so delicious! I used honey instead of the stevia and added some chocolate chips!!! 🙂 Amazing!

p.s. I would leave 5 stars but for some reason it’s not letting me 🙂

Tara

These are delicious, I used honey to sweeten them. Definately is a cookie I didn’t mind the kids asking for more.

Sara

Thank you so much for concocting and posting this recipe!! I am a teen with celiac and a sensitive stomach, and this was a perfect recipe to make for a party so that my other friends didn’t even taste that the cookies were gluten free and healthy! I added chocolate chips instead of walnuts and they are delicious, and still sweet enough to satisfy other teens

Shannon

When you use an egg instead of the flax seed, do you still need to let it sit for 10 minutes prior to putting on the cookie sheet?

    Megan

    No, I don’t think that would be necessary with a real egg!

      Shannon

      Thanks! I made them and they turned out perfectly!! The entire family including my picky teenager loved them.

Tracey

Oh my yum!! Even the batter tastes good. Glad I made a double batch of these. Awesome and NOTHING to feel guilty about 🙂 Thanks so much for a great recipe.

Melissa

🙁 I SOOOOO wanted to love these! But I didn’t. The crunchy walnuts were great but otherwise they had sort of a “glucky” texture. I made that word up, it’s when something kind of gunks up in your throat and you have to wash it down with liquid. I tried one warm and it was like that and I stuck the rest in the freezer, knowing the texture of GF baked goods is sometimes better cold. Tried one this morning and still have the same issue. I’m so sad. Maybe I didn’t bake them long enough…..but they seemed fully baked and if I break it in half it does look bread-like inside. Any ideas??

    Megan

    Sounds like you did everything right, so this recipe may just not be for you. Everyone has different tastes! It’s been a while since I’ve made these cookies, but in my experience, almost every nut-based cookie needs to be washed down with water… they can be pretty dense! (Which is why I consider all of the nut-based options to be occasional “treats,” rather than a daily indulgence.)

    Hope you’ll find another recipe you like better!

Alexis @ Hummusapien

I am SO excited to make these! I recently made paleo bars with almond butter and zucchini and I was absolutely obsessed. Fab recipe!

Nessa

Hi Meg!

I do not have ground Flax seed. What can I use as a sub & how much of it? I am SOOO looking forward to making these <3

    Megan

    If you’re not vegan, you can use an egg instead of flax seeds. Otherwise, chia seeds can work as a substitute for flax.

      Nessa

      I REALLY appreciate your reply Meg!
      I am making them tonight!! Yeay!

      Ann

      Actually, when I made them with an egg it made it too watery so I made them into muffins, but for cookies it seems that flax is better.

        Vanessa

        Hi there- so, did the muffins turn out well? I really want to find a tasty banana bread/muffin recipe for my boyfriend’s birthday (he hasn’t had banana bread, his favorite desert, since he went Paleo about a year ago). At what temperature and for how long did you bake them? Thank you for any help!

Lisa

YUM! I’m snacking on them right now! I very nice snack, I can eat them all & not feel guilty! I was going to eat the last banana & that is when it hit me, to make these cookies so I can really enjoy this last banana!! I forgot to add a sweetener…but you don’t need to, they are great without!

Maddy

what can i use instead of flax seed? eggs? thank you!

Kellie

I don’t really care for the taste of stevia… is there another sweetener you would recommend that would work in this recipe?

    Megan

    I love using honey, too– not sure what the measurement would be, so just taste as you go!

Maria

Thank you for all your great recipes! I discover your blog through the Rose Cleanse and I Love it ! Thank you!
I made this ones 3 times already !! My kids loved them 🙂 I change to chocolate almond butter instead of the regular and chocolate chips instead of the walnuts and these are to die for !!!
Gracias !!!

Gabby @ the veggie nook

Oh these are right up my alley…they look amazing!

Jeanne

Wait a minute….so you are telling me that bananas and nuts/nut butter are properly combined? I love you! I have been having bad stomach pain and nausea lately after eating so I’m going to get back into combining…I’ve been slacking a bit! I am copying your chart onto my computer, it is so much easier than any other combining literature I have seen. Thank you!

PS: I read somewhere that starchy bananas could also combine with grains/starch but I don’t see that on your chart. Is this wishful thinking on my part? Thanks again!

    Megan

    Yes, ripe bananas do combine with nuts and seeds! Yay!

    Bananas can be confusing, since they also combine with avocados– which are often thought of as a “starch”– but, as far as I know, bananas don’t combine with any other starches. Also, they shouldn’t be eaten if they’re not ripe (and therefore”starchier”), because un-ripe fruit is acidic in the body. I’d love for you to tell me I’m wrong, though, so let me know if you find something that says otherwise! 😉

sam

I love banana bread. I have made your cookies with coconut flour, would you combine coconut flour as nut based meal or as a starch? Cause coconut flour is little bit more starchy than almond flout or other nut flour.
Thanks:-)

    Megan

    From what I can tell, coconut flour is made from ground, dried coconut– which comes from a mature coconut. Dried, mature coconut combines as a nut/seed, so that’s what I would personally do. It may seem “starchier” simply because it’s drier than nut-based flours.

Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free

Oh wow, I love thisssss!!!! Just my flavors. I have a bread that uses similar ingredients…why haven’t I thought of making it into cookies? Look kinda like muffin tops!

maryrose

great recipe

pure2raw twins

these sounds perfect!!! love banana flavored treats 🙂

Patrick

Love love love banana bread. Making these tomorrow with some fresh almond milk.

LizAshlee

Love banana bread..these sound YUMMY, especially with walnuts! Have a great week!

Tamara Lukie

OH YUM!!!! Just finished off our walnuts, but a nice trip to the city for more seems like a small job for such yummy looking treats!!

T

Amber Shea @Almost Vegan

These look a lot like muffin tops – Awesome! Pinning…

    Megan

    Yes, that’s exactly what they’re like! Just way easier than actually making the muffins. 😉

Christina

Thanks for this recipe! I want to make them for my clients this week 🙂 I have someone who is highly allergic to almonds though, so I would need to substitute the almond butter.. do you think peanut butter would throw the whole flavor off? Or is there another nut butter you would suggest? Thanks again girl!

    Megan

    Peanut Butter Banana Bread sounds fantastic. 🙂 If you’re worried about the flavor, though, my grain-free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip cookies would work great with a flax egg, too!

      Christina

      Okay great! What do you think about using cashew butter instead? Also, did you actually use the “flax egg” in this recipe, or just the straight grounded flax? Loving all these delicious cookies!

        Megan

        I’ve never tried cashew butter in one of these recipes, but I’m sure it will work. I didn’t use a “flax egg” in this recipe– just the ground flax, to help absorb some moisture from the banana.

        These banana bread cookies are more of a muffin top/cookie, texture-wise, just to let you know. If you want more of a traditional cookie texture, I’d stick to the other grain-free cookie recipes. You really can’t go wrong. 🙂

Felicia

loving these grain free recipes!

Izabela (yoginiselfportrayal.wordpress.com)

Looks delicious.Guilt free cookies=Happy Monday!!!

Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat

Mmm if I had time this morning, I’d be making these for breakfast. PS. LOVE the new header!!

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