I really have been cooking regular balanced meals in my kitchen lately, not only sweets as my blog may imply!  I have had an urge lately to bake something with banana, but unfortunately bananas almost never last until they are ripe enough for baking in our house.  During my last trip to the store I bought a bunch of bananas specifically for ripening and baking (off limits for eating!)  I used some to make these fabulous cookies and froze the rest.  These cookies are wonderful!  Very soft and cakey as you might imagine.  I think they have just a touch too much spice (nutmeg and cloves in particular) and it may overwhelm the banana flavor.  I will probably reduce those two spices a teensy bit next time, but otherwise this recipe is great.  Simple and quick so you have yummy cookies in no time.

Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yield: 25-30 cookies



½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 cup sugar

1 egg, at room temperature

1 cup of mashed bananas (about 2 ½ large bananas)

1 tsp. baking soda

2 cups flour

pinch of salt

½ tsp. cinnamon

½ tsp. nutmeg

½ tsp. ground cloves

1 cup chocolate chips



Preheat the oven to 350°.  In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter and the sugar together until light and fluffy.  Add the egg and continue to beat until well incorporated.


In a bowl, mix the mashed bananas and baking soda.  Let sit for 2 minutes.  The baking soda will react with the acid in the bananas which will in turn give the cookies their lift and rise.


Mix the banana mixture into the butter mixture.  Mix together the flour, salt and spices and sift into the butter and banana mixture until just combined. 


Fold chocolate chips into the batter.  Drop into dollops on baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Bake for 11-13 minutes or until nicely golden brown.  Let cool on wire racks.

Source: adapted from Erin’s Eats, originally from Simply Recipes

  • I’ve been thinking about what to do with my ripening bananas. This might be it! They sound delicious!

  • YUMMY! My sister in law LOVES banana and chocolate combo. I’ve never tried cookies! I’ll have to make these for her. Thanks for the recipe!!!

  • These looks so great! I had a really good recipe for banana cookies a few years back and I lost it, so i definitely need to try these!

  • Those are some yummy looking cookies! I’d love to try them, maybe I should make some. :)

  • gizmar

    Simple, quick – two of my favourite words except for my favourite 4 letter word – SALE. Banana and chocolate chip is one of my very best food combinations unless of course you add peanut butter in which case then it’s totally perfect.

  • These sound wonderful! I can’t wait to give them a try! I love the banana and chocolate combo.

  • Yum. I’ve never heard of this, but it really does make sense. Chocolate and banana go well, and banana bread is great, so why not a cookie! I’ll give this a try some time!

  • i LOVE banana chocolate chip pancakes… why didn’t i ever think to make cookies out of that flavor combo? genius!

  • Steph

    Mmmm, I finally tried baking these and they were delicious! I omitted the cloves since I did not have any and they still had flavour and went over well with friends! Yum!

  • Jesse

    Just wanted to say, I just made these and they are amazing! I forgot how much I loved Banana Chocolate Chip Bread, and these are even better! So light and fluffy…much loved ^_^

  • Elena

    Hey Annie! In the summary you mentioned these had too much spice (nutmeg and cloves) and that you would reduce that next time…Does the recipe reflect the reduction? If not, how much do you think I should reduce those spices? THANKS

  • Annie

    No, I did not reduce the quantities. (For future reference, I always link to the original recipe at the bottom of the post if possible, so you can check there and see what changes I’ve made.) I would probably cut them down to 1/4 tsp. each.

  • Cathy

    I tried your suggestion of using 1/4 tsp. of each of the spices. I liked how subtle the spices were because they complemented the banana and chocolate nicely without overpowering them. The cookies turned out wonderfully even though they didn’t have the usual cookie texture. It was a nice deviation from the typical chocolate chip cookies with a healthy and spicy twist. Thank you! :)

  • MHoople

    I just made these and oh…my…goodness, they are awesome. Just the right mix of banana and chocolate. I make giant cookies so I only got 24 so I might have to make a second batch – one for me and one to share!

  • amber

    gizmar- I totally agree and wanted to thank you and Annie both for the inspiration- I’m going to make these cookies with chocolate chips AND peanut butter chips. Brilliant!

  • Angela

    OmG! my favorite flavor of everything! Banana´s my love! Thanks Annie’s, I will try to make this recipe tomorrow!, Sorry for my english, y I speak spanish and just found your page today. I so excited for all your recipes y photos.