Banana bread bites and old school soft pumpkin cookies (recipe)

Banana bread bites on the left and old school soft pumpkin cookies on the right

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      For those who don’t know me – I am a big foodie! Unfortunately, though, I can’t seem to be good enough to squeeze in-between the relationship of a pan and a stove, and make it an attention deserving threesome… Yes, cooking is not my thing, but when we talk about BAKING – that’s a different story!

     This time I was craving something of the old school theme, something that my grandma would bake for me. And then it clicked for me –  I still had the unused pumpkin, carved especially for Halloween. If to be honest, I had no idea what to do with it, taking in fact, that I really do not include pumpkin in my daily ration. Since I am quite a cookie person I decided to give it a try to incorporate pumpkin in an old school soft baked goodness! It came out soft and delicious, good with a glass of milk or my all-time favorite cup of Earl grey. Along with the pumpkin cookies I fell in love with banana bread, and this time I made banana bread bites from the same batter. Recipe is down below:

  • 2 1/2 cups of flour
  • 1 tbsp of baking soda
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cup of sugar (you can substitute it with honey)
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 egg
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 cup of mashed pumpkin (1 pound of fresh pumpkin)
  • 1/2 of nuts (almonds or walnuts)

Preheat the oven  – 400F. Basically, this batter will be divided in two parts, one of them will be banana bread bites, and the other one will be used for pumpkin cookies. If you would like to stick to only one variety, then for banana bread skip pumpkin and add two extra bananas, and for pumpkin cookies skip nuts and bananas and add extra 1/2 cup of mashed pumpkin.

Mashed pumpkin: you can either use canned pumpkin, or, as I did, slice 1 pound of fresh pumpkin, throw into a pot with 1 cup of water over medium heat for approx 30 min until pumpkin is soft and water has evaporated. Then use blender to mash pumpkin into a smooth puree.

Bananas: use ripe bananas, soft enough for you to be able to mash them by hand. No need for mixer or blender.

In a big bowl combine sugar, salt, baking powder, vanilla extract, nutmeg, cinnamon and butter. Mix it well until you have smooth texture. Beat in the egg. Divide batter in two parts.  Add mashed bananas and nuts to the first part, and mashed pumpkin to the other one. Add 1 cup of flour to banana bites batter, and 1 1/2 cup of flour for the pumpkin cookies. Mix well! Each bowl of batter should make 2 trays of cookies, 12 cookies each. Bake them in preheated oven for 15 min until slightly brown on the edges and soft in the middle. After that cool them down and enjoy!

Here is my banana bread recipe – I LOVE banana bread! (goaskalisa.com)

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