Ginger spiced Banana Almond Oat chocolate chip soft cookies. Oil-free Sugar-free glutenfree vegan recipe

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Calibration woes continue. We picked up a Spyder pro colorimeter and Spent 5 hours trying out different settings, gamma, white point, etc etc.. ( and to think i would be speaking all this jargon.. i would have probably returned the machine by now if i got it last year and it converted all my by lovely dark blue background props into purples. huh)

Enough of the color mumbles. I am still editing on my good old dell, till we can figure out the colors. If I work too long on the Mac, everything around starts to look faded and dull(coz its so unnaturally saturated on the display;)

How many types of cookies do I make every week? apparently not enough. These Banana Almond Oat chocolate chip goodness are super easy to put together. And amazingly hubbs ate 1 and dint realize that there was banana in it! He is allergic to raw banana and doesnt like the taste in cooked or other forms.

I added some ginger and cloves to add to the mystery and molasses to amp up the iron. Molasses is a great source of Vitamin B6, potassium, magnesium and Iron!
These cookies are already too healthy, with no Oil and no refined sugar. I dont know how you can make them even more healthy.. hmm maybe add some quinoa ;) (Sub chocolate chips with raisins/dried cranberries to make these completely oil/sugar free)

I made a couple of batches of the cookies. The above picture is batch number 1 without the molasses with light agave.

The weekend is going to be busy, since we are pet sitting a cute little muffie called Tuffy. Though Chewie doesnt like his terrier exuberance, they do play a bit and then generally settle in their own space. You can catch their activity this Saturday and Sunday on my instagram (veganricha). The weekend will also tell me if we are ready to foster again. Chewie did well with most male fosters, but was always bullied by the girls. The girls were usually so much more attention seekers, that they stuck by me all the time and he used to look depressed. Lets see if our super spoilt, over cuddled pup is ready to share the love.
Anyone know some new green construction in Seattle, drop me a line. We are looking for a decent size house/townhome with a yard.

Music! I am listening to Barfi(new Indian movie album) on repeat lately. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Mash the banana, add ginger, cloves powder, salt, molasses.

Add flours, baking powder, mix well.

Add chocolate chips,

Mix and shape. Place on parchment. Bake.

Cool, eat!

Ginger Spiced Banana Almond Oat Chocolate Chip cookies. Muffin tops if you will.
Gluten, dairy, egg, soy, Oil, sugar free
Prep time 10 minutes
Bake time 16 minutes
Serving: 16 cookies

1 ripe banana mashed
1 Tablespoon dark molasses(or agave or maple or omit)
1/8 teaspoon cloves powder
1/2 teaspoon ginger powder
a pinch of salt
4-5 dates (less or more to taste. I used 4. depends on the ripeness/sweetness of the banana)
1/2 cup almond meal (coarsely ground raw almonds)
1/2 cup ground gf Oats
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/3 to 1/2 cup chocolate chips ( or dried cranberries or raisins)

Mash the banana well.
Add molasses, spices and salt and mix.
In a small blender or food processor, process the dates with a little almond meal till the dates break into pasty meal.
In another bowl, mix the oat flour and baking powder well.
Add date mixture, almond meal and oat flour to the wet banana mixture.
Mix well.
Add chocolate chips (or dried cranberries or raisins). Add more oat flour if needed to make a dryer dough.
Form small dollops and place on parchment lined sheet. Press lightly.
Bake in preheated 350 degrees F for 16-17 minutes.
Cool for 2 minutes. Eat!

Some local and easily available sources of Calcium if you are in India. Ma this list is for you ;). You know my mom reads my blog, so she will call me in a day or so to report, that she saw this message :) and probably will make some extra bhindi:)

1 cup of of amaranth leaves contain 276 mg of calcium
1 cup of french beans contain 112 mg of calcium
1 cup of okra (bhindi) contain 123 mg of calcium
1 cup of blackcurrants (munakka) contain 62 mg of calcium
1 cup of dates (khajoor) contain 57mg of calcium
1 cup of gooseberries (amla) contain 38mg of calcium
1 medium orange (santra) contain 52mg of calcium
1 ounce almonds (badam) contains 75mg of calcium
100 grams of oats contain 54mg of calcium
1 tablespoon of sesame seeds (til) contain 88mg of calcium
100 grams of finger millet (ragi) contains 344 mg of calcium
100 grams of fava beans (vaal dal) contain 36mg of calcium
100 grams of garbanzo beans (kabuli chana) contain 49mg of calcium
100 grams of pigeon peas (tur) contain 43mg of calcium
100 grams of pinto beans (chitri-waale rajma) contain 46mg of calcium

Have a great weekend you all!


  1. Chocolate banana cookies, do you even have to ask? I love that you sweetened them with dates and molasses too, two of my favourite sweeteners!

    Have a lovely weekend Richa and thanks for sharing them on Healthy Vegan Friday!

    1. Thanks Gabby! these are crazy delicious cookies! you have a great weekend too.

  2. those little treats look so delicious! I don't use molasses enough. It brings such a nice sweet flavor to recipes. I will have to try those delicious looking cookies very soon!!

    1. Thanks Lysa!I ercently started adding molasses to everything:) it is so nutrient rich!

  3. These look fantastic! Love that they are healthy too. I can't wait to try them out. :)

    1. Thanks Melissa. let me know when you do:)

  4. These look amazing! I love anything with banana, and chocolate chips are a bonus :) I just made banana bread w choc chips this morning with my daughter, but I'll definitely try these soon for an even healthier treat. Thanks!

  5. Am bookmarking this... Will try it out soon... Looks so crunchy

  6. I had no idea amaranth was so high in calcium! I adore molasses :)

    1. amazing right:) i love molasses too! hope your trip is coming along well

  7. Richa, these cookies have come out so well esp without any sugar or oil, they are super healthy too :))

  8. These look so tasty Richa! Lovely recipe!

  9. I bought a color calibration tool before we left Alberta! It's somewhere in a box in my office... haven't come across it yet. I hope it's not that painful to setup :S

    1. the colorimeter is quite simple. Getting the calibration right is a pain:) esp if the dang screen is bad to start with. the calibration on my current machine did not change much, so thats a good sign that it was set up well. the mac retina display however is not compatible with any colorimeter. so i returned it because of the rude peeps at the store who werent willing to help.

  10. finger millet appears to be the queen of calcium, huh?! i love looking at lists like that ;)

    and these cookies, what can i say? they look so delicious- like delicious little nuggets. and gluten-free and refined sugar free? that's what i'm all about lady! i may have to make these lovelies this week ;)

    1. i know right.. i always find somthing new from the lists. make them caitlin!:)

  11. I love the flavor combination, and they look so nice and fluffy! I forgot to pickup dates at the store on Friday (boo), but once I get more, I will definitely be making these.

    1. thanks bobbie. do let me know when u do!

  12. Sorry about the ongoing technology woes, but the cookies have to help ease the inconvenience somewhat, don't they? They look marvelous!

    1. hehe yeah. i say chocolate and cookies can ease pretty much anything. though the rude peeps at the store got an earful for their behavior. no cookies for them!

  13. The cookies are so nice and plump — delicious-looking and they sound pretty healthy to boot. I'm always looking for new cookie recipes to try.

  14. I'm so sorry we couldn't help more with your technical difficulties and it's too bad the mac geniuses couldn't help either. Boo.

    I love muffin top/bready cookies, so I'm sure these would be a huge hit in our house. And I can't seem to make enough cookies lately either! Must be the changing of the seasons. :-)

  15. These are just fabulous! Thank you so much for sharing them with us on AFW. What a perfect snack.

    --Amber (AFW hostess)

  16. LOVE that first picture Richa- and how do you get your cookies to come out perfect everytime , really you are like the cookie queen!

  17. They looks so cute and yummy! It looks like a nice alternation to the everyday Chocolate chip cookies. While I LOVE them, its nice to switch it up! I'll have to keep these in mind!
    Chelsea @ Naturally Sweet Recipes

  18. These look great, and your photography is beautiful! I am so excited to try these cookies out. Thank you for linking up with us at gf fridays! I'm going to feature these bad boys on my favorites this week!!

  19. These sounds great! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :) Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays recipe party! See you next Friday! Cindy from

  20. Gluten, dairy, egg, soy, Oil, sugar free... I am super impressed!

  21. Still waiting to try this recipe, did see Barfi! this past Friday, loved the movie and music - also found all songs here

  22. Your blog is quickly becoming one of my favorites. Keep posting the delicious recipes!

  23. Just made these... so good!!

  24. Just made these... so good!


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