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Banana Caramel Cookies

by Annalisa Brown (follow)
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These deliciously soft and chewy cookies belie the concept that cookies are the devil incarnate. The husband loved these so much he was crumbling the cookies into his breakfast museli.

I was ecstatic this was another recipe I could notch up as a successful 60-Day Clean Eating Challenge staple.

To create the caramel flavouring, I incorporated medjool dates into the dough mix. During the baking process, the dates developed into a slightly gooey, rich and caramelised centre and with the banana added a touch of sweetness to the biscuits.

The sprinkling of Chia seeds provides a little crunch and contrasts perfectly with the soft centres.

Package the cookies in cellophane paper tied with coloured ribbon to make the coolest and tastiest gifts to family and friends.

Soft and chewy centred Banana Caramel Cookies are a delicious, healthy guilt free snack alternative you can enjoy.

Preparation Time: 15-Minutes (includes time to make the nut butter)
Cooking Time: 15-minutes
Makes: 16-20 Cookies

1 Cup of Almond Nut Butter
1 Cup of Ground Almonds and Walnuts
1 Banana
5 Teaspoons of Arrowroot (Tapioca Flour)
2 Tablespoons of Rice Malt Syrup
½ Teaspoon Baking Soda
Large Handful of Chopped Medjool Dates
Chia Seeds to garnish

I made my own almond nut butter however, you can buy this from your local supermarket.

To make your own nut butter, simply add 1 ½ cups of raw almonds and 2 tablespoons of coconut oil into a food processor and blend for approximately 10 minutes or until the nuts have broken down into a peanut butter like consistency.

Almond Nut Butter is quick and easy to make.

Pre-heat the oven to 160°C.

Add all the ingredients (except the chia seeds) in a food processor and blend until smooth and dough like in texture.

Add the almond nut butter, ground almonds and walnuts, banana, arrowroot powder, rice malt syrup, baking soda and medjool dates into a food processor and blend until smooth.

Spray a small amount of cooking oil onto a couple of baking trays.

Roll the dough into a long snake and using your hands, make golf sized balls from the mixture. If the dough becomes too sticky, dampen your hands with a little water.

Using your hands make golf sized balls from the dough.

Place the balls onto the trays and flatten into biscuits.

Flatten the balls into cookie shapes

Sprinkle the tops of the biscuits liberally with Chia seeds.

Sprinkle the tops of the cookies liberally with Chia seeds.

Place the biscuits into the oven and bake for approximately 15 minutes.

Remove from heat and allow to cool.

Bake the Banana and Caramel Cookies for approximately 15-minutes, remove from heat and allow to cool.

Keep the biscuits in an airtight container for up to 5-7 days.

Package the cookies in cellophane paper to make the coolest and tastiest gifts to family and friends.

#Low Fat
#Dairy Free
#Low in Salt
#Sugar Free
#Healthy Recipes
#Clean Eating
#Gluten Free
#Make Ahead
#Kid Friendly
#Nut Butter
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