Vegan Banana Carob Chip Cookies

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Hey everyone! Happy Top Chef Wednesday!

Top Chef All-Stars is getting good. Actually, it's been good all season and now it's getting, really, really good. It's hard to say who will be in the final three and who will win. I'm kind of a Richard fan, myself. It seems like everyone wants Carla to win... everyone I've talked to wants Carla or Dale to win. I'm thinking Antonia might surprise everyone and win the whole thing; she's been consistent throughout the whole competition.

I'm such a Top Chef nerd! I'm sorry about that. I don't know what I'll do when this season is over. Who's your favorite Top Chef? Or who do you think is going to win?

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Last week the chefs competed in a cookie challenge and the winner won $5,000. Can you imagine? I love cookies and bake them all of the time, but to come up with a recipe that deserves $5,000? That would be difficult... I think I'd crack under the pressure.

Dale won with a pretzel-potato chip shortbread topped with chocolate ganache. That sounds pretty good to me. I'm a little wary of trying that recipe, though. It calls for a bag of potato chips and a bag of pretzels. A whole bag? It must make a ton of cookies.

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Why did I bring up that cookie recipe? Now I bet you're all craving chocolate pretzel-potato-shortbread cookies, not my healthy Vegan Banana Carob Chip Cookies.

Oh well. They don't taste healthy. They just taste good... like banana, and oats... and nutty whole wheat flour and almond/cashew butter.

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These cookies also contain carob chips. I'd never used or eaten carob until I baked these. I wandered into the health food store one day and bought a bag of carob chips. Then I spent another hour staring at the different types of rice.

Carob does taste similar to chocolate, but it's definitely not chocolate. Chocolate is better. But carob isn't that shabby either. It's like a nuttier chocolate. And it's vegan. Vegans are cool and deserve good cookie recipes.

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Vegan Banana Carob Chip Cookies

1 cup unbleached all purpose flour
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup old fashioned oats
1 large ripe banana, mashed
3/4 cup finely ground toasted cashews or almonds
1/4 cup vegan margarine spread
3 tablespoons oil
2/3 cup raw sugar
1 tablespoon molasses
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup sweetened carob chips

Coat cookie sheets with cooking spray.

In a large mixing bowl, sift together flours, baking powder, baking soda and salt; whisk in oats until combined. In a large mixing bowl, using a mixer on medium speed, beat together banana, ground nuts, margarine, oil, sugar, molasses and vanilla until well combined - about 2 minutes. Reduce mixer speed and beat in flour mixture until combined. Stir in carob chips until combined. Chill cookie dough in the freezer for 30 minutes.

Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Take heaping tablespoons of dough, roll into balls and place on cookie sheets; flatten to a 1/2-inch thickness. Bake 12-14 minutes or until golden brown around edges. Cool 1 minute before transferring cookies to wire racks to cool completely.

Makes about 16-18 big cookies


30 comments:

  1. I love that you used great ingredients and came up with awesome looking cookies.

    Ripe bananas are a staple in my baking b/c i bake 99% vegan AND gf which is tricky sometimes so bananas save the day :)

    The cookies look awesome. And your food photography...mmmm, gorgeous!

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  2. Yep, totally drooling over these cookies. I'd like a few along with my coffee, please :).

    SO psyched for Top Chef tonight! I'm definitely a Carla fan, though Richard is pretty cool too. Innovative to say the least. I liked Dale for a while, but actually met him at a cooking demonstration in Boston last summer. He was kind of blah in person. That being said, he is a fantastic chef! Can you tell I'm a huge Top Chef nerd as well? Oh, and I think every episode should have Sesame Street characters on it ;).

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  3. This Season of Top Chef is great! I do think either Carla or Antonia will be in the finals with Dale and Blaise. I looooooved that they had Telly, Elmo and Cookie Monster judge that quickfire! This season has been really good! I actually enjoy carob a lot, but have never cooked with it, maybe now is the time to try!

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  4. Those sound delicious!
    Your lighting in your photos are awesome:)

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  5. These cookies event if they contains carob look pretty good actually!

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  6. I used to be a carob fanatic, but now I'm a chocoholic :) Haven't had carob in a while!

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  7. I've tried a few vegan desserts/sweets and surprisingly they aren't that bad - even pretty good sometimes! It's great to have a new vegan recipe in my repetoire. Thanks!

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  8. I've never had carob either - would love to try it out in this recipe!

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  9. Dale's cookies sound like a tasty heart attack LOL but yours sound much more my speed! I keep forgetting that show is on and only saw the first episode, maybe I'll remember to watch tonight!

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  10. Emily, these look SO good! I loved carob the one time I tried it but I haven't bought any since. I wonder if I could make these with a date puree instead of sugar. I'll have to try it out! Thank you so much for making these!

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  11. Thanks for thinking of the vegans out there!!
    (I would totally eat these for breakfast too!!)

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  12. You are so not a nerd! Top Chef is awesome - as are these cookies :)

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  13. Never had carob chips either but they sound intriguing. And I'm a sucker for almond & cashew butter so...

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  14. These cookies look easy and fun, so I will try them when I get the chance.

    As for Top Chef I'm a Richard fan all the way. Carla is sweet and I like her, but I've had a biased for Richard since his first competition with Top Chef.

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  15. I REALLY want Carla to win. Really really really really. I was on the Fabio bandwagon for a while, but look how that turned out. Sigh.

    I really need to try carob chips one of these days! These cookies sound so good!

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  16. Yum... I always love new vegan recipes!

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  17. We've been talking about doing a vegan challenge at work. I think these cookies would help talk someone into trying vegan. I love Top Chef. I like Dale much better now than in his prior seasons. Blaise is amazing as always. Antonia is good but something about her I don't care for. Carla is a hoot. (Hootie-hoot!) It's been a fun season this time around.

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  18. Rooting for Carla! But I tell you, I wouldn't mind if Fabio would just whisper recipes in my ear. Sigh...

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  19. I don't think I have ever seen Top Chef! I bet I would like it!

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  20. Yummy cookies. I haven't had carob chips in ages, but they're great!

    The only sure thing about Top Chef is that whichever chef we want to win will probably not even make it to the finals.

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  21. I'm not sure how I feel about vegan cookies, to be honest, but if I were to try them, I'd definitely try yours first :)

    I was sad about who went home tonight on TC and agree with you about Antonia!

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  22. i just saw tonight's top chef episode and im super sad b/c my fav person gets kicked off. :( boo! i won't say who in case you haven't watched yet...

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  23. I haven't had carob chips in so long but always enjoyed them. The cookies look great. I made a vegan cake once and it was a disaster!!!

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  24. I remember as a kid back in the 70s (gets out rocking chair) carob was all the rage because it was supposed to be better for you than chocolate (because in those days chocolate was said to be baa-aaad bad bad bad bad BAD!) Mom would buy carob stuff in hopes that we might all convert to it. Unfortunately, just because it looks like chocolate and feels like chocolate doesn't mean it's chocolate and in the end, she stopped trying to convince hereself and everyone else that it was chocolate. Years later she got this PETA cookbook that had these carob dessert recipes and I kept asking myself, "Why not chocolate? There are no animal products in chocolate?" At least these days chocolate isn't as demonized as it used to be.

    Of course no one combined it with bananas and the good nuts when I was a kid. That might have changed my mind a bit.

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  25. I totally wasted a ripe banana tonight in something that did not turn out so well. Wish I had made these instead!

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  26. Yay for vegan cookies! I've had trouble lately trying to turn some normal cookie recipes vegan. I will have to try these!

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  27. Thanks everyone!

    Averie, 99%... do you eat eggs?

    Lauren, that's cool that you got to watch Dale in a cooking demo!

    Lauren, date puree would be good. I love dates!

    Kaitlyn, they would be great for breakfast! :)

    Anj, I know what you mean... there's just something about Antonia that doesn't win me over. Dale's attitute was much better this season.

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  28. I looooooove the Top Chef All Stars season. I was so sad to lose Angelo, and I think Richard is the only favorite left. I either want him or Carla (I know.. I know.. everyone..) to win. They seem super cool. Good call on Antonia though, she is very underrated. I'm also insanely obsessed with Top Chef... soooo I couldn't resist commenting!

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