Banana, Date and Hazelnut Oatmeal Cookies

2 Feb


These cookies are like little mouthfuls of happiness. Imagine a cross between a banana bread and an oaty flapjack, add in some sweet sticky dates and crunchy hazelnuts and smile. Smile because there’s no flour and no added sugar but you really wouldn’t know. Soft, sweet, delicious and good for you, now come on, how often does that happen…..?

Banana, Date & Hazelnut Oatmeal Cookies

make about 16-18, vegetarian, gluten-free. Adapted from a Kahakai Kitchen recipe

  • 65 gr butter, melted
  • 2 large ripe bananas
  • 8-10 dates, pitted and chopped
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 35 gr (2/3 cup) rolled oats
  • 65 gr (1/2 cup) toasted hazelnuts, roughly chopped (or other nuts)
  • 65 gr (1/2 cup) desiccated coconut
  • 65 gr (1/2 cup) ground almonds
  • a few drops of almond extract (optional)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  •  1/4 tsp salt

Preheat the oven to 18o C and line two baking sheets with baking parchment. Mash the bananas in a large bowl with a potato masher or fork, and stir in the melted butter and vanilla. In another bowl, mix together the oats, nuts, dates, coconut, ground almonds, baking powder & salt. Then add this to the banana mix and stir until just combined.

Take tablespoons of the mix and put them on the lined baking tray a few inches apart, flattening them out slightly.

Bake in the preheated oven for about 15 minutes until lightly golden brown. Cool for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack with a spatula to cool completely. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Serve with tea or coffee, as a mid morning/afternoon treat or as a lunchbox filler. The house will smell amazing while these are cooking, your mouth will water and people will befriend you….

 Beware they are addictive and don’t last very long, you have been warned…..!

It’s that time again, the end of another month and Nancy at Spicie Foodie hosts a round-up of January Best Recipes from around the food blogging community. My Thai Squash Wonton Soup is featured as well as loads more delicious recipes with beautiful photos. Just click on the YBR (Your Best Recipe) badge above and have a look around….

 I would just like to thank Mateja at Indulging Life for giving me my first Stylish Blogger Award and for her continuing support and foodie friendship. Below is a list of blogs that I think deserve this award as recognition for their creativity, passion and, of course, delicious food! 

 Mateja @ Induging Life

Lindsay @ Kitchen Operas

Lauren @ Corridor Kitchen

Roxan @ Kitchen Meditation

Denise @ Bread Expectations

Tiffany @ Como Water

The Bee & The Fruit in the Kitchen

Nadia @ For the Love of Yum

Jouamma @ Taste of Beirut

Medeja @ Cranberry Jam

Kita @ Pass The Sushi

Nancy @ Spicie Foodie

Tes @ Tes at Home

Kara @ Happy When Not Hungry

Thanks everyone for the constant inspiration, keep it coming!! Copy the award above to display on your blog if you want and you can pass it on to people who you think deserve some recognition..!

26 Responses to “Banana, Date and Hazelnut Oatmeal Cookies”

  1. Mateja February 2, 2011 at 3:37 pm #

    You have yet another award waiting for you:
    Mateja @Indulging Life

  2. Tes February 2, 2011 at 3:38 pm #

    Oh wow your cookies look so amazing. They are so lovely and seems crunchy….must be a perfect recipe to bake in the afternoon 🙂
    Congrats on the award…you really deserve it and thanks for passing it the award to me, too 🙂

  3. Katrina February 2, 2011 at 4:09 pm #

    You know I’m a sucker for bananas! These look great!

  4. tiffany February 2, 2011 at 4:29 pm #

    No flour? No sugar? They look so fluffy and moist and wonderful! They are on my ‘must make list!” AND……. Congrats on your award! AAAAANNNNNDDDD…. Thank you, thank you, thank you! for my FIRST blogger award! I will definitely pay it forward in my next post! WOOOOOO HOOOOOOO (that’s me dancing around my living room!) 🙂

  5. happywhennothungry February 2, 2011 at 5:01 pm #

    These cookies look awesome! I love the addition of the hazelnuts and dates too. Congrats on the award and thank you for passing it on to me!

  6. Roxan February 2, 2011 at 7:12 pm #

    Aw, thank you so much for the shout out! That is super sweet of you 🙂 I am feeling the love this beautiful Wednesday.

    these cookies look delicious! I love everything with banana and hazelnuts – although I never thought to combine them before. Also, I am tickled that you said flapjacks. That’s so cute. … Flapjacks are pancakes right?

    • foodblogandthedog February 4, 2011 at 12:35 pm #

      In the UK flapjacks are oatmeal/granola bars but you’re not the first to ask if they’re panckaes so maybe in the US they are, who knows?!

  7. Nadia February 2, 2011 at 9:54 pm #

    Oh wow, how perfect for a cold day. Your tea or is it coffee looks amazing too, love the color! Thank you so much for the award! You’re an inspiration to me, love all your recipes! 🙂 *hugs*

  8. Stephanie @ okie dokie artichokie February 2, 2011 at 10:20 pm #

    Goodness me! Those do look amazingly good. I love how rustic they look. I may just need to whip these up. What a perfect little breakfast snack!

  9. Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets February 2, 2011 at 10:26 pm #

    Mmm this looks delicious! I especially love hazelnuts. Congrats on your award, and thanks also for leaving such a sweet comment on my blog. I’m so glad to have “met” you through our blogs :).

    • foodblogandthedog February 4, 2011 at 12:33 pm #

      Your blog is honestly one of the most beautiful out there! Something to aspire to, thanks!!

  10. tony ward February 3, 2011 at 9:09 am #

    Many congrat’s on yet another award…you deserve them.
    Love the photography on this and all your recepies too.

  11. Medeja February 3, 2011 at 10:02 am #

    Thank you so much 🙂 You are really worth award and you are one of my favourites :))

  12. Lindsey February 3, 2011 at 12:51 pm #

    Wow Nat, these look great. Quick too. Definatley on my to do list(when the fat fingers have gone!) Congrats for winning the awards, you deserve them. Xx

    • foodblogandthedog February 4, 2011 at 12:32 pm #

      I always think of you when doing the gluten-free biscuits! Let me know if you try them xx

  13. denise @ bread expectations February 3, 2011 at 2:17 pm #

    Congratulations Natalie! Truly a well deserved award and thank you so much for including me in your list 🙂 I wasn’t expecting this, which makes it even lovelier!

    Now these cookies – no flour, no sugar!? I am impressed! They’re perfect for kids, yummy and full of goodness! In fact, they look so good, my boys may have to fight me for them 😉

  14. Josh February 3, 2011 at 3:59 pm #

    Bananas, Dates, Hazelenuts, Oatmeal, and Cookie, all rolled into one delicious package? Those are like my five favorite things! Found your blog through The Red Spoon, LOVE the recipes–especially the asian and middle eastern dishes. Will definitely be following ECLV via email and RSS!

    • foodblogandthedog February 4, 2011 at 12:30 pm #

      Welcome Josh, nice to “meet” you! Asian & Middle Eastern dishes are my favourite too. Thanks for following and let me know if you try anything.

  15. Lindsay February 4, 2011 at 10:31 pm #

    Thank you, thank you for the award!!!!! 🙂

    You have a giggle-worthy typo in your tags. I think “cocnut” is a good one.

  16. honeybeeluvsjackfruit February 16, 2011 at 5:45 am #

    Thank you so much for the award! Im honored. Im sorry Ive been a little mia lately… Will blog again soon!

  17. Nupur March 17, 2012 at 6:30 pm #

    Hi , I saw this recipe this after noon while searching for banana dates bread. Instantly dropped the pan and changed it into cookies,, love them..

    having one at d moment with eve tea.. thanks for this lovely post dear

    happy to follow u 🙂

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