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Recipe & Photography courtesy of Laura Gutierrez of The Health Sprout

Banana Chocolate Chip Cookie Skillet

Banana Chocolate Chip Cookie Skillet Prep time: 5 mins Cook time: 20 mins Serves: 8


  • 1 cup of mashed banana (about 2 large ripe bananas)
  • ⅓ cup melted butter (you can also brown your butter which creates a nutty delicious flavour)
  • ⅓ cup of your favourite nut or seed butter
  • 3 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1.5 cups gluten free flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill)
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips or you can chop your own chocolate as I did


  1. 1 Preheat your oven to 350°F and grease a cast-iron skillet with butter (12 inches works great but you can also use a pie dish!)
  2. 2 Add mashed banana, melted butter, nut butter, coconut sugar, eggs and vanilla extract together in a medium bowl and mix with hand mixer or very well with wooden spoon/spatula
  3. 3 Add in your dry ingredients - almond flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and mix until all ingredients are well combined
  4. 4 Fold in dark chocolate and add to greased skillet or pie dish
  5. 5 Bake in oven for 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean
  6. 6 Store in the fridge for up to five days or you can also freeze slices to have on hand for later
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