Jasmine Hemsley’s banana and date cookie-dough bites recipe

Banana and date cookie-bites with dates and coconut, from East by West by Jasmine Hemsley

Combining milk and banana is an Ayurveda digestive ‘no-no’, so banana milkshakes are out – but, thank goodness, banana cookies are still in. These little cookies, with their nostalgic banana flavour, remind me of being a kid. Mixing banana with dates and desiccated coconut makes an easy dough, which is then baked into cookie shapes, filling the kitchen with a delicious aroma. Watch children and adults alike descend on you!


2 ripe medium bananas (each around 150g, peeled)

2 tbsp butter or coconut oil, at room temperature

125g desiccated coconut

1 tsp baking powder

pinch of sea salt

65g pitted dates, chopped

  • Preheat the oven to 180C (fan 160C/gas 4).
  • Place everything in a food processor except the dates. Pulse until well blended. Then add the dates and pulse again until evenly distributed.
  • Divide the mixture into eighteen balls. Place them on a lined baking sheet and flatten so they are around 1cm thick and 4cm wide.
  • Bake for 15 minutes, then turn them over and bake for another 10 minutes or until golden brown all over. They will still feel a bit soft, but they get crunchier as they cool. Leave on a wire rack until completely cool and enjoy!

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East by West by Jasmine Hemsley is published by Bluebird, price £25. 

Text © Jasmine Hemsley 2017 Photographs © Nick Hopper 2017