Monday, August 5, 2013

Caveman Coconut Almond Banana Cookies

I've been trying to find a recipe for a Caveman-approved "cookie" that I can take on long rides (caveman-approved = Paleo, i.e. dairy, grain, and legume-free). I posted a picture of this cookie on Facebook last night and I had a few requests for the recipe, so here it is:


Ingredients:
  • 2 mashed ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup (the real stuff) 
    • you can use all honey or all maple syrup instead of both
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 and 1/2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup craisins 
    • you can use any combination of dried fruit you want

Directions:
  1. Combine the banana, almond butter, egg, honey, maple syrup, vanilla extract, pumpkin pie spice, and baking soda with a hand mixer or food processor, making sure the batter is not too chunky.
  2. Stir in the coconut and dried fruit.
  3. Spoon onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake at 350* for 14 minutes.

The cookies are more of a bread/cake consistency than an ooey-gooey cookie. I individually wrapped mine and froze them so they'll keep longer and be ready to throw in a jersey pocket for a long ride. 

My batch ended up making about 15 cookies. Depending on how big you make your cookies, you'll have more or less (duhhrr). I put the ingredients into My Fitness Pal and came up with the following nutrition facts (based on 15 cookies):

Calories: 162
Carbs: 18.3 grams
Fat: 9.5 grams
Protein: 2.3 grams
Sodium: 20.9 mg
Potassium: 100 mg
Sugar: 9.7 grams

Compare that to a Honey Stinger Waffle (what I'd normally eat on a long ride): 
Calories: 160
Carbs: 21 grams
Fat: 7 grams
Protein: 0 grams
Sodium: 55 mg
(no potassium amount noted on nutrition facts)
Sugar: 14 grams

Pretty close, if you ask me. I have taste-tested these and they are quite delicious. I have yet to put them to the test on a ride though, so I can't vouch for their performance yet. Let me know if you make these and how you like them!

Update 8/12/13: I tried these out on our long ride yesterday. Very tasty and it really hit the spot halfway through the ride! They DO get very soft, almost like a piece of bread, but they don't get messy or gooey. Due to the honey and/or maple syrup, they are a little sticky, so hold them with the wrapper. 

1 comment:

  1. These look great! Add a few chocolate chips (maybe no caveman approved) and I think they'd be perfect, as a matter of fact I think I've made something pretty similar before! Thanks for sharing the recipe. I might need to make a batch of these myself.

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