This was one of those “throw everything you have in your pantry together and see what happens” kind of recipes. The holidays were filled with ginger bread everything, and needless to say, it got me craving gingerbread everything!
BUT, I wanted to lighten up a gingerbread cookie and see what I could come up with that was virtually guilt free.
This recipe is purely sweetened from dates and bananas, and only contains the healthy fats of coconut. It is gluten free and guilt free, and requires only a few simple ingredients and a food processor. It also contains fresh ginger, which gives it a little bit of a kick that makes them extra special.
The ginger in this recipe is not as strong as you would expect it to be, trust me! It is balanced out very well by the other ingredients and is perrrrrfect.
Banana Ginger Cookies (GF, Nut Free, Seed Free)
1 tbs fresh ginger, grated
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Dash of nutmeg and cloves if desired
12 medjool dates, divided
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup dried coconut
3/4 cup freeze dried bananas, divided
Preheat the oven to 325 F.
Process the bananas, ginger and spices until smooth. Next, add about half of the dates, and pulse until fully broken down.
Add in the dried coconut and 1/2 cup of dried banana. Run processor until smooth.
Add the second half of the dates gradually with pulses, and then run your processor until they are most thoroughly broken. Add in the coconut flour and throughly process until consistent throughout.
Crush the remaining 1/4 cup of dried banana and mix it in by hand. Or, you can save them and top the cookies when they have been formed.
Form cookies with 1 tbsp scoops of the dough. Roll into a ball, then flatten as much as you desire. The thicker, the more “cake-like”. Thinner will make the end result more “cookie-like”.
Bake in the oven for 20-25 min, or until bottom is browned. Time depends on how thick you made your cookies. Additionally, you can dry the cookies out in a dehydrator or in the oven over night if too moist. Enjoy!
*A tip to storing these babies: freeze them! Because they contain dates, and because dates have high sugar content, these do not freeze all the way. They do get stiffer, but you can pull it right out of the fridge and bite right into it.
Lastly, check out this funny video from Megan Elizabeth on youtube! It’s so cute.