Did you know that I used to be a tour guide at the Ben & Jerry’s factory in Waterbury, Vermont?
I gave the funniest Ice Cream Factory Tour this side of the Atlantic. For reals, yo.
As an employee of Ben & Jerry, I also used to have the privilege of taking home three pints of ice cream for every shift that I worked.
Yep. Three. Three pints.
Of course I took home ice cream every day…who wouldn’t.
Here’s a picture of what my mom’s freezer looked like:
Anyway. Here’s the reason I shared this tidbit with you.
In my tour of the factory I used to talk about how certain ice creams had different names in different countries.
For example, in China, Chunky Monkey (a banana ice cream with dark chocolate and walnut chunks) literally translated to “chunks OF monkey.”
So here are my new favorite cookies:
Chunks of Monkey Cookies.
Bananas, walnuts and chocolate.
- 2 ripe bananas, smashed
- 1 egg
- 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- ½ cup butter or coconut oil, melted
- 2 cups almond flour
- ¼ cup arrowroot or coconut flour
- ¼ tsp baking soda
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- 1 cup walnuts, chopped
- 1 cup dark chocolate chunks
- Preheat your oven to 350 F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, mix all of the wet ingredients: melted butter, bananas, maple syrup, egg and vanilla extract.
- Stir until well combined, then add the almond flour, arrowroot (or coconut) flour, baking soda and sea salt and mix.
- Fold in chocolate chunks and walnuts.
- Using a tablespoon, drop hefty dollups of dough onto your cookies sheet.
- Bake for 15 to 18 minutes (18 minutes was magic in my oven, but yours might be different).
- Then EAT!
I bet people eat monkeys somewhere in the world.
I’m pretty sure monkeys are paleo…but there are NO actual monkeys in these cookies.