I know a lot of folks don’t see an overripe banana on their counter and think, “cookies,” but I see it as the perfect opportunity to break out my banana chocolate chip cookies recipe. It marries all the deliciousness of chocolate chip cookies with added sweetness from the banana. One of the best things about fruit cookies is the additional moisture and chewiness they have.
Next time you have an overripe banana, don’t toss it or make the same old banana bread. Try banana chocolate chip cookies. You’ll love the chewy, moist texture. I know this recipe is going to go on your best banana cookies list!
Let’s head to the kitchen and get busy!
I love the banana-chocolate taste combo of these banana chocolate chip cookies recipe, but that’s not all I love about this recipe! Here are a few other favorite things:
- Their chewy texture
- They store beautifully
- Great way to use up overripe bananas
- Straightforward prep
I love how easily this chewy banana chocolate chip cookies recipe comes together. Here are a few extra tips to make it even easier.
Don’t over mix: To get light, chewy cookies, stop folding just as soon as everything is well incorporated. A clump or two of banana is fine.
Folding: This stirring technique focuses on mixing the ingredients evenly throughout the batter without aggressive stirring. To fold, draw a rubber spatula down through the batter and then scrape along the side of the bowl, effectively folding the batter on top of itself. Be gentle and take your time for the best results.
Overripe banana: Overripe bananas are sweeter and softer, allowing them to incorporate into the dough easier. The riper, the better!
Chocolate chips: You can use milk, semi-sweet, or dark chocolate chips. I love dark chocolate and banana together!
Lighten it up: Creating healthy banana chocolate chip cookies would require just a few simple substitutions. Alternative flours like almond or oat flour would both be good options. Using an alternative sweetener like Stevia or using sugar-free chocolate chips would also work.
Vegan banana chocolate chip cookies: Since there aren’t any eggs, making this banana chocolate chip cookies recipe vegan wouldn’t be too hard by using a butter substitute and vegan chocolate chips. With the banana to give it texture and moisture, I’m sure they’ll be delish!
Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Storing Tips
You want to keep your cookies tasting like best chocolate chip cookies ever, so be sure to allow them to cool completely before you put them in a container. Also, make sure the container is airtight for maximum freshness.
Can You Freeze These?
You can freeze this Banana chocolate chip cookies recipe either as dough or baked cookies.
To freeze the dough, line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Spoon out the dough onto the cookie sheets and put them in the freezer for about an hour. Transfer the frozen dough balls to a freezer bag. They’ll keep for a couple of months.
To freeze baked cookies: allow them to cool completely before placing them in a freezer bag. Let them defrost for about an hour before serving.
Make Ahead Tips
You can make the dough a day ahead of time and store it in a well-sealed container in the fridge.
How Long Can You Keep This In The Fridge?
According to food handling guidelines, the dough will keep for about a day in the fridge.
This banana chocolate chip cookie recipe is fabulous just the way it is. However, there are always things to try to make it even better.
Can I Make Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies Oatmeal Added?
Banana chocolate chip cookies oatmeal added are delicious. Banana oatmeal cookies taste like a big bowl of homemade oatmeal at grandma’s table. Of course, oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are a classic combo, so combining it all together is sure to be delicious!
Can I Add Peanut Butter?
Elvis made peanut butter and banana sandwiches famous, and I am sure he would have loved peanut butter banana chocolate chip cookies! Peanut butter banana cookies pack huge flavor and texture into each bite.
If banana and peanut butter isn’t a favorite for you, leave out the banana and simply go for classic peanut butter chocolate chip cookies.
Can I Add Coconuts To This Recipe?
Coconut and banana is a great flavor match. The coconut adds texture and helps the cookies stay moist. Coconut and chocolate also go well together in recipes like coconut chocolate chip cookies.
If your nuts for coconut, try coconut pecan cookies or coconut cookie sandwiches for a sweet coconut treat.
What Other Desserts I Can Make With Overripe Bananas?
I never throw overripe bananas away! There are so many delicious things to do with them. Banana bread brownies are one of my favorites. Moist and delicious, they turn heads wherever I serve them!
Banana bread cookies taste just like the iconic bread and always get rave reviews.
Can I Use White Chocolate Instead?
I wouldn’t use white chocolate in this banana chocolate chip cookies recipe. The sweet white chocolate and banana might make this banana chocolate chip recipe overly sweet.
Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup white sugar
- 2/3 cup butter at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup mashed over-ripe bananas
- 2 cups chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment.
- In a small mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside
- In a medium mixing bowl, using a handheld mixer, cream together on medium speed sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs and vanilla. Fold in the mashed bananas. Stir in the flour just until combined. Fold in chocolate chips.
- Using a small cookies scoop, drop dough onto prepared baking sheets.
- Bake in preheated oven for about 12 minutes, or until cookies no longer look raw int the center.
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While it’s hard to beat classic chocolate chip cookies recipes, there are endless ways to take the traditional cookie to a new level. Check out some of these fantastic combos!
- Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookies – Strawberry compliments the sweet chocolate beautifully!
- Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies – Moist and chewy- this chocolaty fall treat will become a year-round favorite!
- Easy Chocolate Chip Cookies – Indulgence is just a few steps away with these easy treats!
- Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies – All the best cookie ingredients in one place!
- Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies – double the chocolate and double the deliciousness!
I know you’re never going to look at an overripe banana the same way after you’ve tried this banana chocolate chip cookie! You’re going to love the moist, chewy texture, and the sweet banana flavor alongside the chocolate is sheer perfection.
I can’t wait to hear what you think of them. Be sure to let me know how they go for you in the comments!