Carnival Cookies

Carnival Cookies! Are you thinking of funnel cakes, corn dogs, pink popcorn & cotton candy? Good.

Now think the opposite of that. Go on. Get your healthy cookie thinking cap on!

These cookies taste like a cross between banana bread, oatmeal cookies, trail mix & cracker jacks spiked with chocolate.

They’re even better when you freeze them and eat them on the fly with some hot tea or coffee.

Also good for when you want to:

  1. clean out the pantry
  2. get rid of brown bananas
  3. have an excuse to use coconut oil
  4. have cookies for breakfast and not feel guilty

And we’re off!

Ingredient gathering. Not pictured here: cinnamon & baking powder. Oops.

Oh! Here they are! They are mixed in the bowl of oats & almond meal.

Do you have almond meal? No? Do you have raw almonds? YES?!

Put them in a mini food processor & grind them.

In a large bowl goes the melted coconut oil, mashed bananas & vanilla.

DRY MEETS WET! In stages. First oat mixture.

Wazzzzzup peanuts & choc chips??!

Popcorn??? You’re crazy!

Now form cookies with your hands into small mounds. The dough is WET. Don’t fret.

That rhymes.

Bake them! Eat them warm or eat them frozen.

I prefer mine frozen! You’ll see what I mean!

Now let’s go try to win a goldfish. We’re eating CARNIVAL cookies, after all.

Carnival Cookies

makes 24

recipe slightly adapted from Super Natural Every Day by Heidi Swanson

  • 3 large over ripe mashed bananas
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin coconut oil, barely warmed
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2/3 cups roasted salted whole peanuts
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups popped corn

Preheat the oven to 350F. Line two baking sheets with baking paper.

In a large bowl, combine the bananas, vanilla and coconut oil. Set aside. In another bowl, whisk together the oats, almond meal, baking powder, cinnamon, & salt. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Mix to combine. Fold in the chocolate, peanuts and popped corn.

The dough might appear looser than most cookies, but that is alright. Form 1 tablespoon worth of cookie dough on to your palm and shape small balls. Place about 1 inch apart on baking sheets. Bake for approximately 15-18 minutes until golden, swapping the baking sheet back to front once during the baking process. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack. Will stay just fine in the fridge for a week in an air-tight container. Keep in the freezer for up to three months.

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  • August 15, 2012

    Glad to have found your blog! I’m pinning these cookies to make as an after school snack for my kiddos….. and maybe to have on hand for myself too. :-)

  • August 15, 2012

    If I make these cookies and don’t win a goldfish I’ll be disappointed… just saying.
    I love the idea of popcorn in cookies, never had it, must try it :)

  • Ryan
    August 15, 2012

    I am glad you kept those mugs..

    • Tracy
      August 15, 2012

      I’m glad I HAVE those mugs. I love them.

  • August 15, 2012

    Oh man these are SO cute. I love the idea of popcorn in cookies

  • August 15, 2012

    Loving all the flavors!

  • kayleigh
    August 15, 2012

    I am making these right now! I was hoping to find a recipe to use up my overripe bananas and this is the first one I came across! The dough is delicious if that means anything!

  • jenny
    August 15, 2012

    I love popcorn in cookies! not to mention bananas, chocolate chips, nuts… another winner, tracy. can’t wait to make these!

  • August 15, 2012

    I’m dyyying over the texture of these. And they’re gluten free? Score.

  • August 15, 2012

    Holy crazy cookies. I want these.

  • August 15, 2012

    These sound amazing! I have some stale popcorn (gross, whatever) and some vegan chocolate chips just dying to be turned into this awesome. Can’t wait!

  • August 15, 2012

    These look delish. And I always want cookies for breakfast.

  • August 15, 2012

    So many tasty things in one cookie… Can’t wait to make these!

  • August 15, 2012

    popcorn in cookies blows my mind!

    • Tracy
      August 16, 2012

      I challenge you to make a popcorn cookie.

  • August 15, 2012

    What a totally amazing, awesome idea! This is so cool, I have never seen cookie like these, popcorn, yes please! I love that they are healthy too, major bonus.

  • August 15, 2012

    GIRL.

  • August 15, 2012

    NOm nom nom nom.

  • August 15, 2012

    Holy moly those sound insane (in a good way)!

  • August 15, 2012

    Can’t wait to try these crazy cookies! I think I’ll even had some nutritional yeast to the pop corn to make them even more crazy-healthy.

  • August 15, 2012

    Who feels guilty eating cookies for breakfast? That’s crazy talk! ;)

    • Tracy
      August 15, 2012

      I like the way you think!

  • August 15, 2012

    I’m intrigued to try these, 1: cos they do look kinda healthy (compared to normal), and 2: frozen? FROZEN?? I need to see what the fuss is about here!!

    Ruth

  • I am super intrigued by this popcorn-in-cookies business!

  • fusilliamy
    August 15, 2012

    TRACY!!! YOUJUSTPUTPOPCORNINCOOKIES!?!?! Is this happening other places on the reg and I have no idea about it?? I’m trying to imagine the texture and the crunch and salt factor. And now I’m drooling. I’ll be trying them this weekend on my brothers. (And I DID need an excuse to use my coconut oil!)

    • Tracy
      August 15, 2012

      hahaha! i never need an excuse either!

  • August 15, 2012

    I blogged about these a long time ago – they are perfect for vegans or gluten-free folk (with gf oats)!

    • Tracy
      August 15, 2012

      I too have carnival music running in the back of my head. CONSTANTLY. What is up with that?!

  • August 15, 2012

    I’ve made something very similar, but never thought to add POPCORN!? All my favorite things rolled into one. Heaven.

  • Bedlam
    August 15, 2012

    I love the mug in the foreground in the third picture! Do you by chance remember where you got it?

    • Tracy
      August 16, 2012

      Thanks! Both those mugs belonged to my parents. They are over 30 years old so I have no idea!

  • Christen
    August 16, 2012

    I made these last night and didn’t have the peanuts or popcorn, but I added some shredded coconut and they still turned out delicious. They taste like little banana breads! Can’t wait to make these again with all of the ingredients.

    • Tracy
      August 16, 2012

      I was wondering how coconut would be in them!

  • August 16, 2012

    I would eat the popcorn before it made it to the cookies. Going to have to try these soon. No mixer always a plus.

  • August 16, 2012

    Girlfriend! You make me laugh. I like to make little rhymes too. I’m just a LITTLE OBSESSED WITH POPCORN, and I think this looks so rad I’m going to put these on my Friday Cool Stuff list :)

    • Tracy
      August 16, 2012

      HAHA! I’m glad you like :)

  • August 16, 2012

    How did you know I had about six brown bananas frozen in my fridge? Also- popcorn in a cookie- bonkers amazing.

  • perber
    August 16, 2012

    the cookies look awesome and your pics look extra beautiful!! I was excited when I read “carnival” cookies. I was thinking something like fried oreos or twinkies but these look pretty good (& healthier)

  • August 17, 2012

    I really love frozen cookies, so knowing these are good frozen automatically makes me want to make them…asap!

  • August 20, 2012

    oh man, I’d love some of these beauties right now!! Thanks for reminding me about this recipe.
    Heidi xo

  • monster jen
    August 26, 2012

    Just beat the rainy day blues in baltimore with these yummers! THANK YOU!!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/cottonmonster/7867314604/in/set-72157631259669778

  • Jenn
    September 10, 2012

    These are great! I bought a jar of coconut oil and couldn’t quite decide what to use it on first, and then I saw this! They’ve been the perfect take-to-work snack for my first week back. thank you!

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