Cocoa, Banana, Peanut Butter Cookies

A friend of Dot’s brought over a stalk of really ripe bananas from his yard.  There’s no way to tell you how thrilled I was, because they are Apple Bananas.  One of the first things I do when we arrive in Hawaii for vacation is find some Apple Bananas.  Very seldom have I ever seen them here.  They are short and fat, and have a slightly apple flavor.

I thought we might be able to eat them before they got too, too ripe, but I was wrong.  And believe me I tried!  So I decided to make a delicious, and fairly healthy dessert.

Cocoa, Banana, Peanut Butter Cookies


  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1 cup toasted wheat germ
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 stick butter, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter (all natural, no sugar or oil)
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 bananas mashed (this is regular banana)
  • Pearl (large crystal) sugar


  1. Combine all the dry ingredients and set aside.
  2. With an electric mixer, beat the butter until fluffy. Add peanut butter and mix until well blended.
  3. Add sugar and mix well.
  4. Beat in the egg and vanilla.
  5. Beat in the mashed banana.
  6. Add the dry ingredients, in two or three additions. Mix just until everything comes together.
  7. Place dough in fridge for at least 1 hour.
  8. Heat oven to 350°.
  9. I used an ice cream scoop to drop cookies onto a parchment lined cookie sheet. Flatten the top of each slightly and sprinkle on the pearl sugar.
  10. Bake for about 14 min.
  11. Other additions: chocolate chips, nuts, coconut