Banana Yogurt Cookies

Goodbyes are the worst.

Banana Yogurt Cookies

I do this thing where sometimes I yell “bye!” over my shoulder and hotfoot it away like I don’t care whether I’ll ever see person in question again. I’m rude. This happens very rarely.

Banana Yogurt Cookies // The Pancake Princess

In most incidents of serious goodbyes when it’s essential that things get huggy, soul-twinging and verging on teary, I can follow all the social conventions, but that mopey, sluggish feeling of soul-sucking depression afterwards? Sometimes I’d rather just be rude then have to contemplate actual FEELINGS. How passé.

Banana Yogurt Cookies // The Pancake Princess

My roommate of this past year moved out today to spend a few weeks at home before jetting off to get her Masters doctorate! (shows how well I listen..) in physical therapy at her prestigious California school. In the midst of packing up boxes Saturday evening, we both came to the realization that yes. She was actually. Moving.

I’m going to miss her for a million reasons including but not limited to: her boundless positivity, health and work out expertise, penchant for gossip and love for healthy eating. But let’s be real: the number one reason she wins the roommate of the year award is because she not only put up with my constant monopoly of the kitchen but also ate everything I made. And I mean EVERYTHING. No matter how hideous my healthy alterations turned out in a recipe, she was always willing to taste test and give me an honest opinion.

Banana Yogurt Cookies

So when we realized she was in fact moving, we a) freaked out and then b) pulled out the cookie sheets. I made another batch of these (at her request), black bean brownies and a version of these cookies my roommate had made awhile back that I was completely obsessed with: they are the fluffiest, cakiest banana cookies EVER. My roommate loves anything doughy, so they are basically our ideal cookies.

Banana Yogurt Cookies

But since we also both prize health, I tried to make them slightly more ideal by adding Greek yogurt, coconut oil and whole grain flours. And so we sat on our darkening balcony in the dreamy Houston heat listening to this song on repeat and talking about our ideal men while eating our ideal cookies. And that is how I think goodbye should be said from now on.

Banana Yogurt Cookies

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: ~3 dozen cookies

Serving Size: 1 cookie

Calories per serving: 88 calories

Fat per serving: 3.7g

Banana Yogurt Cookies

Soft, doughy banana cookies get chew from Greek yogurt and whole-grain flours but stay fluffy and rich with coconut oil.

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cup all-purpose, whole wheat, or white whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup spelt flour (can sub other flours--see notes)
  • ½ cup oat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup mashed bananas (about 2-3 large)
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Combine the flours, baking powder, salt, baking soda in a bowl.

In a measuring cup or other bowl, combine the coconut oil, sugar, yogurt, egg, vanilla and mashed banana. Stir in the dry ingredients until just combined. Fold in chocolate chips.

Use a rounded tablespoon of dough per cookie and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until cookies begin to brown around the edges.

Notes

I used a mess of flours based on what I had lying around--any combination of virtually any flour (spelt, buckwheat, oat, AP, whole wheat, white whole wheat) should work. If you go heavy on the oat flour, make sure you counterbalance with a good amount of a sturdier wheat-based flour or spelt flour.

I thought it was worth mentioning that the recipe I modified to make these called for a full cup of sugar. I would have reduced this to 3/4 cup, but it turns out my roommate had made these with only 1/2 cup of sugar originally. I thought it was the perfect amount for a breakfast-appropriate cookie--the bananas add tons of natural sweetness on their own. I think you could probably sub 1/3-1/2 cup of a natural sweetener instead of sugar.

You may sub butter for coconut oil if you wish.

Adapted from here and here

http://www.thepancakeprincess.com/2013/05/13/banana-yogurt-cookies/

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33 thoughts on “Banana Yogurt Cookies

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  2. Lianna

    aw I hate goodbyes too. I’m usually the one bawling my eyes out hysterically and everyone hates that because you know once one person starts to tear up it’s almost contagious. but mmm these cookies look so soft!

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  6. molly yeh

    oh she sounds like such a good roommate! that is indeed sad that she’s leaving. i hope you find a new roommate that is ok with your monopoly over the kitchen (i know how vital that is for a food blogger!!!).

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  7. Julia

    Goodbyes are definitely rough. I don’t think it’s uncommon for people to react the same way yo do and try to brush it off and not show emotion. Just our way of protecting ourselves. Your cookies look delicious, my dear and I love that they have bananas and yogurt in them. Must action this soon!

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    1. erika Post author

      Thanks for validating my weirdness, Julia :) Hah. It does feel like a protective mechanism! As are cookies, apparently…

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  8. Bam's Kitchen

    Awe…goodbyes are the worst. However now you have an excuse to visit sunny California. I bet these delicious cookies were the best goodbye gift ever. Take Care, BAM

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  9. Brandi

    These look fabulous Erika! You’re on a cookie roll lately aren’t ya?! Which is always a good thing. I’m a little obsessed with cookies myself. I like how cakey/fluffy the texture is…super duper yummy! I don’t like goodbyes either…I tend to stiffen up and introvert…it makes me VERY uncomfortable…particularly with family…much more than friends. Weird.

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    1. erika Post author

      Haha you caught on!! Yes, I’ve been bitten by a serious cookie obsession. And I love my cookies cakey! So good. And so interesting! Hmm I’m definitely more effusive when saying goodbye to friends, so I can totally see stiffening up around family. Everyone’s reaction to this post has been so interesting! I love hearing about your take on goodbyes :)

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  10. Nancy @ gottagetbaked

    Awwwww, I hate goodbyes too, Erika. One of my first jobs out of law school was with an incredible group of guys, many of whom I actually went to school with. My firm had a contract with the government to prosecute drug offences and we lost that contract two years in. After that, most of the guys left B.C. and I miss them to this day. We keep in touch but it’s not the same. I hope you’ll stay in touch – you should just visit her in Cali. If you need a new recipe tester, I’ll gladly volunteer. Especially with these cookies – they look ah-may-zing! {{hugs}} girl!

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    1. erika Post author

      Aw that’s sad! I know, keeping in touch is difficult AND totally not a sufficient substitute for being there in person. She’s actually going to school about half an hour from my hometown where my parents live so I’ll definitely see her again, luckily! You’re the best Nancy :)

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  11. christina @ smallkitchenchronicles

    Aww, what an awesome farewell to your roomie, Erika; so touching! Goodbyes are never easy, especially to those that hold a special place in our hearts. Sounds like your roommate was one of the awesome ones; how lucky that you two found each other. What a great way to honor her — with such a wonderfully written post and her favorite cookies! And … holy moley! The pictures of these delicious-looking cookies are just fabulous … really. You continue to rock my socks off, girl … bravo, bravo! xo

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  12. Alex @ Brain, Body, Because

    I’m sorry to hear about your roommate moving. It sounds like she’s going to be doing amazing things, though, and really helping people! That’s super cool.

    If being your roommate means eating all of the delicious food that I see here, then I would definitely like to send you my resume.

    I never thought to use yogurt in cookies! Thanks for sharing this recipe :)

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    1. erika Post author

      OMG did I really??? I’m so embarrassed–did NOT mean to! I think I was probably just stressed about getting back in time to catch my flight…hahaha SORRY! I really was super happy to meet/hang out with you!! Haha. Die.

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  13. Stephanie

    These look delicious! And a lot healthier than the chocolate banana creation I recently made… :P Cookies make everything a little bit easier. :)

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