I adapted my recipe for chocolate cookies by adding peanut butter giving these cookies a subtle new flavor. And since it is Valentine’s Day, I thought hearts were in order.
Makes approximately 2 dozen cookies
3/4 cup of safflower oil
1/2 cup ripe bananas, mashed (about 1 1/2 good size bananas)
3/4 cup vegan cane sugar
1/2 cup all natural peanut butter
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup vegan chocolate chips
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
Preheat oven to 350 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a medium pot, combine oil, bananas, sugar, peanut butter and salt. Warm over low heat for 2 minutes, whisking to combine. Using a spatula, chocolate chips and let them melt. This will take about a minute. When combined, turn the heat off.
Sift the flour and baking soda into a big mixing bowl. Add the chocolate mixture and mix until dough forms.
Roll out the dough onto a clean surface. Press down with your hands to spread it out and then use the back of a wooden spoon to press it evenly. Using a heart shaped cookie cutter (or any shape) cut out cookies. Use a very thin spatula to gently lift them up and place onto baking sheet with a bit of space in between.
Bake for 11 to 12 minutes (depending on your oven and the thickness of the cookies.) Let the cookies cool for a while before you handle them. Enjoy!