Quick and Easy Banana, Peanut
Butter and Cocoa Biscuits
I never like to throw away food so when I had two extremely ripe
bananas, I had to whip something up with them before they were completely
unusable. I don’t think they would have lasted more than a few hours. It was
7.50 pm and I had to sit and listen to a live webinar at 8.30 pm; I was cutting
it fine to say the least. I Googled banana and peanut butter because that’s
what I fancied. I found a dairy free recipe. I’m not dairy free but do like to
keep it to a minimum; my body doesn’t feel great with too much dairy. I changed
the recipe a little and the result was pretty tasty. A healthily biscuit, all
done (cooking included) in time for me to sit down at my computer, with a just-baked
bickie…maybe two or three….and a cup of tea. This morning I had one with cream
because they are more like a cake than a crispy biscuit- yummo!
1/2 cup peanut butter, chunky or smooth. I used chunky and a brand that only
contains peanuts- no added oils so it’s a little dryer than the commercial
1/4 cup coconut sugar (original recipe said brown sugar + 1/2 cup white
sugar- you really don’t need that much sugar when you have the sweetness
2 very ripe mashed bananas
1 ½ cups spelt flour -the recipe said 1 cup regular flour + 1/2 cup
whole wheat pastry flour- whatever that is???
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 pinch salt
1/4 cup cocoa powder (recipe said non-dairy chocolate chips (optional)
Set oven to 180c. Smoosh up the bananas in a large bowl. Add sugar and
hand whisk until well combined. Add peanut butter and whisk again. Throw in the
rest of the ingredients (I didn't even sift them…I was in a hurry) and mix
until combined well.
Line a large baking tray with baking paper. Make table spoon size balls.
Squash them down with a folk to create nice lines across the top. Throw them in
a moderate heated oven (I have gas fan forced and had it at 180c) for 10-15
mins. That’s it!
I baked for 10 mins and then another 5min. I didn’t think this would be
enough time, but it was and they came out soft and cake like- YUM!
Add a bit more sugar if you want them sweet.
You could replace the peanut butter with butter or coconut oil if there
are nut allergies. This would change the taste completely so you may have to
experiment with adding another flavour; stewed apple, vanilla, chocolate… I may
try a nut free version for the school lunch boxes.