Monday, August 30, 2010

Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies: Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger

Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger has become one of my favorite monthly blog events. I hosted the roundup this May, and each month it gives me an excuse to try out another blogger's recipes. I've made Amy's Saffron Tomato Sauce, Stephanie's Rainy Day Tomato Soup, and this month I got to test out Shirley's Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies. Chocolate chip cookies are not usually my favorite type of cookie, but I love anything with banana in it, as you might have guessed from my Hint O' Chocolate Banana Muffins, Quinoa Banana Muffins, or Sunshine Banana Muffins. I've been following Shirley's blog, Gluten Free Easily, for quite some time now, so when I saw that she was hosting this month's Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger, I knew that I had to join in. And when I realized she was adopting me (!), I thought, what better time to adopt her? I jumped right in and grabbed her name before someone else could do it!

A little about Shirley: If you follow the gluten-free blogging community, you probably already know her. And if you know her, then you know that she's got more energy than most people. And thankfully for us, she uses that energy to support, encourage, and generally just make other people feel good. It's no surprise to me that she's the leader of a gluten-free support group. Shirley is the kind of woman who will e-mail you randomly with kind words or respond to any question with extreme detail and thought. Although we've never met in person, I consider her a good friend and feel lucky to have found her blog. I believe it was Wendy recently that called Shirley the, "ultimate gluten free good fairy," and I agree wholeheartedly with that statement.

Now on to the cookies: As I said, chocolate chip cookies are not usually my favorite. I like them because I don't think there's any cookie I don't like, but I would normally pick a molasses cookie, snickerdoodle, or oatmeal cookie over a chocolate chip. Well, these cookies changed my mind. They are the tastiest, chewiest cookie I have had. Ever. I really can't remember the last time I enjoyed a cookie so much. Maybe it was the hint of banana. Maybe it was that "just warm from the oven" taste. Maybe it was that "just warm from the microwave" taste. Maybe it was that "cool from the freezer" taste. I made them with a two year old while babysitting, so I can tell you that they're super easy to make, and I got her approval. I also got the approval of my friend who usually says, "Sure it's good for gluten-free, I guess." This time he just said it was good and left it at that. I froze the leftovers and ate them straight from the freezer... I think they would go wonderfully with vanilla ice cream! I also microwaved the frozen cookies for 20 seconds, and it was like having a just-baked cookie.

The cookies are all gone now, and I find myself wishing I had more. Of course, with such a simple recipe, it's easy enough to whip up a batch. I just have to figure out a way to make them last longer!

Here's the link to Shirley's recipe: Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies
(The recipe calls for gluten-free flour mix, so I used Bob's Red Mill Baking Mix.)


saxifrage said...

Ooh, yum! Banana and chocolate chip is actually one of my favorite sweet treat combos; I used to make banana chocolate chip muffins all the time. And these cookies look so good, I'll have to try them! Thanks for sharing!

hunterslyonesse said...

Shirley is an amazing woman! I saw she snatched you up when she did the announcement post for this month. I think it's great you two adopted each other. The cookies look amazing, as does everything you and Shirley make. And btw, your Hint O' Chocolate muffins ROCK!

Dorothy said...

Wow these will definitely be gobbled up at my house. Thanks!

Maggie said...

Great post Iris. And a great description of Shirley! Perfect - she is so sweet and supportive and full of energy. What would we do without her! Now I want to bake these cookies!

Iris said...

@hunterslyonesse Thanks! I'm always so surprised and delighted when someone tries one of my recipes!

Brian said...

I've made banana bread with chocolate chips, but not cookies. I will definitely have to give these a try.

Alea said...

I don't know how I missed these cookies on Shriley's site, but I will definitely need to give them a try!

gfe--gluten free easily said...

Iris--When I read what you had written, I was so moved by the generosity of your words that I had to go away for a bit. Now I'm here and I don't really think that I'm any less moved or less speechless (not acceptable English I'm sure). I thank you with all my heart for your incredibly lovely post! I'm so glad we met a while back and have become good friends as you said. Now re: those cookies, yours look absolutely fantastic! I'm so glad you love them so and I'll definitely be copying you on freezing them and then pulling out some now and then. Thank goodness for the microwave when it comes to that idea!

Many hugs!

Sophie said...

Hello Iris!

Shirley has become a new friend to me too! She explains everything GF very well. I learn a lot from her too!
These banana cc Gf cookies ROCk!! They look mighty tasty too!

You have a COOl foodblog!

Many greetings from a recently gone Gf foodie from Brussels, Belgium!

Kim-Cook it Allergy Free said...

Iris, I could not agree more with the statement about Shirley being the ulitmate "gluten free good fairy". She is amazing and I am so glad to call her my friend!
You did an awesome job with your adoption post. It was heartfelt and beautiful!
And those cookies look amazing! In my adoption from last month (Ginger Lemon Girl's Chocolate Chip Cookies) I mentioned that my favorite way to eat any kind of chocolate chip cookies is straight out of the freezer so I can eat the hard chocolate chunks!

Anonymous said...

Hey - I am really happy to find this. cool job!


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