Monday, October 26, 2009

Banana Sunflower Seed Cookies

Bananas are used as a substitute to egg and are healthy too.They contain potassium which is good for heart and nerves and they are a good source of dietary fibre too.The ability to hold the air bubbles well makes them excellent egg substitute /replacers.Add sunflower seeds to bananas and bake it into fat free cookies you have got a perfect filling and guilt free snack.I found a simple banana sunflower seed cookie here at eggless.com and adapted it with changes.I halved the recipe and replaced the oil with bananas itself and also reduced the sugar a bit.

Ingredients:
Bananas mashed : 1/2 cup
Sugar: 2 .5 tbsp

All Purpose Flour: 3/4 cup
Baking Soda: 1/2 tsp
Sunflower Seeds: 1/4 cup - 1/2 cup (I used 1/4 cup)

Preparation:
Peel and mash the bananas.I have used 2 more than medium size bananas here assuming one mashed bananas yields around 1/4 cup.If interested you can use 1/4 cup oil instead of one banana as per the original recipe.In a bowl whisk together flour,soda and sunflower seeds.



Cream together mashed banana and sugar until it looks pulpy and sugar is absorbed.Add in the flour-seeds-soda mix and beat together till you get a sticky mass which is like a thick batter.Place spoonfuls on a greased or lined and greased baking sheet.

Bake in a preheated oven at 350F /175C for 10-15 minutes until the bottoms are browned.Remove from the oven and let it cool in the baking sheet itself for 5 minutes after which you cool it completely on a wire rack.The time varies as per the size of the cookies- I went for almost 1 tablespoon of batter.Still I found them browning from the 9th minute onwards,so better start checking from the 8th minute onwards.

The cookies are sweet and filling,only thing is they are soft.The sunflower seeds add a crunch to them.You can see banana fibers all through the cookies as expected.Also I mashed the bananas chunkily so they contains banana pieces as well.Do mash the bananas as per your choice.Also if you do not have sunflower seeds,you can use even chopped walnuts or pumpkin seeds or whatever you want.

The hearty healthy,fat-free and seed-filled cookies are going to HOTM:Nuts,seeds and nut-like things.



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