hippie cookies that don’t suck

I've made a lot of really awful hippie cookies.

The kind that taste like dusty oats and stick to the roof of your mouth. The ones that crumble to bits. Or the ones that come out as hard as little hockey pucks and end up as organic dog biscuits. And while I'm typically a go for the gusto, loads of butter, brown sugar & dark chocolate sort of cookie girl….. I've also wished to the hippie cookie fairies that I could maybe find a recipe that didn't, well, suck.

To be a true hippie cookie, it had to have no sugar. The kind of thing I could hand over to the kids first thing in the morning to tide them over while I cook up some eggs & greens. Or finish checking my email. I wanted some good wholesome stuff in it like nuts and dried fruit and oats. And the nuts had to be sneaky because my littlest kids are funny about those.

Inspired by a recipe in this book, I came up with these. They're more like barely sweet little banana muffin bites than cookies. They're moist, but don't crumble apart in the cookie jar. They're yummy. Wholesome. And the kids love them. Really. If your kids like nuts, feel free to add a handful in. If your hubby is not enlisted in the military and can eat hemp seeds, I think those would be good too. (I love hemp seeds. And yes, I think that's a stupid rule.)


hippie cookies that don't suck


Hippie Cookies {that don't suck}

3 large ripe bananas

1 TBSP vanilla

3 TBSP ground flax seeds

3 TBSP water

*optional, 1 TBSP chia seeds

1/4 cup coconut oil

1/4 cup almond butter (sneaky nuts)


2 cups rolled oats (not instant)

1/4 cup oat flour

1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut flakes

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt


1/2 cup dried cherries (chopped a bit)


hippie cookies that don't suck


*Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mash ripe banana in a bowl or mixer & add vanilla to it. Melt coconut oil & almond butter in a small pan over low heat. Pour into banana mixture & stir well to combine.

*Mix flax seeds with water in a small bowl, set aside while you mix up the dry ingredients. (add chia seeds to flax, if using)

*Add oats, oat flour, coconut flakes, baking powder & salt to a bowl. Mix well.

*Stir up the flax mixture. It will be thick and sort of egg-ish. Add to bananas & mix well.

*Add the dry ingredients to the banana mixture. Mix well & let it sit for 5 minutes so the oats can absorb some of the liquid. 

* I chop up the dried cherries because I'm cheap frugal & it helps get a tart bite of cherry throughout the cookie. You don't have to chop them up though. Add the cherries & stir into the cookie batter.

*Lightly oil a cookie sheet with a bit of coconut oil to prevent sticking.

*Drop by Tablespoon onto prepared cookie sheet and bake 12-15 minutes, until the cookie just barely begins to brown. Rotate the cookie sheet halfway through for even cooking.

***details, details*** I used a lightly sweetened almond butter & my cherries had some sugar in them, so these are not totally sugar free. I wasn't stressed about this because it adds only a tiny amount of sugar to the recipe. If however you use an unsweetened almond butter, you may want to add 1 TBSP of honey to the melted oil/butter in the recipe. Raisins or dried cranberries would also be good in this. If you use gluten free oats & oat flour, these would be GF and they are also Vegan.


hippie cookies that don't suck


These are good warm or cool….. enjoy!


22 thoughts on “hippie cookies that don’t suck

  1. The title of this post cracked me up…I once told a dear friend, quite sternly, “These are NOT cookies. They have no butter or sugar in them!!!”…I’ve never forgotten that. I’ll have to try to remember to send you a recipe for something similar that we LOVE in this house.


  2. You can be a hippie any way you like πŸ™‚ Skip the fruit, add a bit of honey for sweetness and swap out the oil & nut butter for things you can eat. It would be worth a try? I think cinnamon would also be yummy in these. Sunflower butter, sesame tahini, light olive oil or sunflower oil would all be good subs. Maybe one of those would do the trick?


  3. Well here’s yet another great looking recipe from your kitchen. The scones were to die for and I’m thinking of making another batch tonight. They don’t stay around very long. Thanks for sharing your wonderful cooking with us. I just love it as always.


  4. Visiting via Knitty Gritty Homestead–what lovely hippie cookies. As luck would have it, those ingredients reside in my pantry:) Can’t wait to try out your recipe this weekend.


  5. i am going to have to try these. i love the ingredients. i have me a bag of chia seeds. though i do need almond butter and cherries. curious what you thought about that cook book? i dont have that one.


  6. I like the cookbook. I'm totally a visual person and the recipes are divided up by color…. I love that. I think it's a really good basic vegan cookbook with everyday stuff in it. Aren't chia seeds the strangest things? I love them in baked goods but I think they are so weird! (haha)


  7. Haha! They have a heck of a name to live up to now though. I hope they make the cut for you. And I recognize you from mamalode πŸ™‚ Guess what? My same girl I was telling you about recently cut her hair again. This time at a salon. She's thirteen and cut off 11 inches of hair. She went from kid to teenager in a few minutes…… nearly as traumatic to my mama heart as that first cut ten years ago. I'll be sharing a bit about it next week…..


  8. I’ll have to try these because admittedly, if I’m going to bake, I’m going to bake something that is *good*….:)
    Hemp seeds and the military. That’s craaazzzyyy and hilarious, sort of. Wow. They’d reject my whole family as we douse our morning smoothies up with it daily.


  9. I know right? I mean really, how many hemp seeds would it take? Anyway…… the cookies are very non sweet…. I am starting to wonder if the title was a bit, uhm presumptuous. I hope they live up to their name! Just a few more years and we'll be sipping hemp smoothies admiring our backyard chickens…. who knows where…. until then, dreaming of it will be good enough πŸ˜‰


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