[Healthier] Five Starr Banana Cookies

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So one of my Instagram/old coworkers posted these AMAZING looking cookies and I found them on her Pinterest board (which apparently I had already pinned but it got lost in my thousands of dessert pins) and knew I just HAD to make them! I also figured that I might as well “healthify” them if I could, since hey, who likes to make a perfectly delicious recipe that has been tested and proved satisfactory? This girl, apparently… Without further ado, here are the addicting little monsters!

banana cookies frame[Healthy] Five Starr Banana Cookies:

(Adapted from Pots Pans and Parkers)

Cookies:

  • 1/8 cup butter or shortening
  • 1/2 and 1/8 cup avocado (I swear you can’t tell/taste the avocado is in the mix!)
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 mashed bananas (3 if tthey’re small)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups of whole wheat pastry flour (or flour of choice)

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix the butter, avocado¬†and sugar, then add the egg, vanilla and mashed bananas. Completely incorporate all ingredients. Add in the salt, baking soda, and flour slowly. The badder is kind of liquidy compared to most cookie recipes, but they’ll turn out just fine! I used an ice cream scoop for the first time since forever so my cookies actually looked uniform for once. Place the cookies on a cookie sheet and bake them for around 8 to 12 minutes, depending on the size of your cookies or¬†until the bottoms are golden brown.

Check out the brown bottom of the cookie below. If you can’t tell from the sheet pan, you can always sacrifice one and flip it over to check. I did and that cookie definitely did NOT go wasted.

brown bottom banana cookie

So I’m not sure if I messed up the frosting or not, but either way it tasted delicious

Frosting (adapted):

  • 1/2 cup almond soy milk or dairy milk of choice
  • 1/2 cup butter (one stick)
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • powdered sugar (the amount depends on how thick you want the frosting, so you may need a bag or two)

Directions:

Heat the milk in a pot over the stove until it’s scalding. Mix in the butter, brown sugar, and vanilla and bring all ingredients to a boil at medium low heat. Next, add in the powdered sugar slowly, stirring it in quickly on medium low heat. If you add in too much too fast, it will clump. The more sugar, the thicker the frosting! When you’re done incorporating the powdered sugar, pour it over the cookies and enjoy!!

Here’s a picture of my thin frosting:

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I seriously ate five to six of these in a matter of an hour they were so good! It also helped in the fact that they’re healthier than the original version (aka I convinced myself that eating that many was okay because they are “healthy”… no regrets!).

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