Banana choc-nut cookies

banana choc-nut cookiesThese banana choc- nut cookies are a great thing to make with the kids because you can talk to them about the science involved in the rising process, which is a little different to other cookies.  In this recipe, the baking soda reacts with the acid in the bananas to make the cookies rise – exciting for little scientists! Be sure to let the baking soda and banana sit for at least two minutes though.

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, at room temperature
  • 1 cup mashed bananas (about 2 1/2 large bananas)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups plain flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, optional
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips, optional
  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees  and line a baking tray with baking paper.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.   Add the egg and continue to beat until the mixture is again light and fluffy.
  3. In a bowl, mix the mashed bananas and baking soda together.  Let sit for 2 minutes, then stir into the butter mixture.
  4. Mix together the flour, salt and cinnamon, then sift into the banana mixture.  Mix until just combined.  Fold in the nuts and/or chocolate chips, is using.
  5. Drop dollops onto the prepared trays. Bake for 11-13 minutes or until golden brown.