Chunky Monkey Cookies Recipe

The Best Chunky Monkey Cookies Recipe combines bananas, peanut butter, and chocolate chips! The Monkey Cookie is deliciously healthy, thanks to mashed bananas!

A stack of three chunky monkey cookies sit in front of a banana.
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The flavors of chocolate, peanut butter and banana combine in these Vegan Monkey Cookies, with lots of deliciousness in every bite!

What to do with Ripe Bananas

Do you ever have a day where you have more bananas than you know what to do with? Well, I had that happen recently when I bought a bag of bananas for 99 cents. Ninety-nine cents! I was ecstatic! But it didn’t last long because I was left “holding the bag” when the ripe fruit began singing their swan song.

I needed to start baking and fast.

First, I made a vegan banana cake, but still had bananas left-over. Then I remembered I needed to make some cookies for an outing that evening. That’s when it hit me, what about chunky monkeys cookies?

Bingo!

We love the combination of peanut butter, banana and chocolate, so why not do that in a cookie!

How to Make Chunky Monkey Cookies

Preheat oven to 375°F. Place a sheet of parchment paper on a cookie pan.

In a mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients (flours, baking soda and salt). Stir to combine. 

Dry ingredients, like flour, in a glass bowl.

In a separate bowl add vegan butter and peanut butter. Stir to combine. Add coconut sugar and vanilla. Stir together until creamy. 

Cookie dough is in a black bowl being stirred with a red spatula.

Add bananas and use a fork to mash into small bits. Stir until combined. Add plant-based milk and apple cider vinegar. Stir. 

Pour chocolate chips and walnuts into the flour mixture. Stir until chocolate chips and walnuts are coated. 

Pour peanut butter mixture into flour mixture. Stir until combined. Drop by rounded spoonful onto prepared baking sheets.

BAKE for 9 to 10 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Chunky Monkey Cookies Rule!

We love the combinations of flavors in these skinny chunky monkey cookies — peanut butter, banana, and chocolate. Here’s why I think these cookies are the best:

  • You can have these chunky monkey cookies for breakfast! I mean, who doesn’t want some chocolate chip breakfast cookies!
  • They are a low-sugar added cookie thanks to the ripe bananas
  • Spread these in a 9X9 square baking pan to make chunky monkey cookie bars

See? Those so many reasons to love chunky monkey cookies!

Expert Tips

Use these tips and tricks to make chunky monkey cookie recipes perfect every time!

  • The recipe calls for vegan butter, I used Earth Balanc
  • I used creamy (not natural) peanut butter
  • Sub chopped pecans or almonds if you don’t have walnuts
  • Try adding a teaspoon of cinnamon for a different twist
  • Use whole wheat pastry flour to make these cookies even healthier
  • Try a chunky peanut butter to add even more crunch
  • Substitute gluten-free baking flour to make these into gluten-free banana cookies
  • Be sure to add more chocolate chips and nuts to the top of cookie dough balls before you bake them!
  • I refer to this as a skinny cookies recipe because it includes some healthy ingredients, like whole wheat pastry flour, it’s made without eggs, and made with reduced sugar.

And that’s that! You should definitely serve these chunky monkey cookies with a tall glass of almond milk. They taste so good that way!

Can you make cookies without eggs?

These skinny monkey cookies don’t need eggs. Bananas make a great egg substitute in a sweet recipe like this one. Of course, bananas do adapt the flavor of a recipe so you don’t want to add bananas to just any old recipe. Check out my Vegan Baking Guide for more egg replacement tips.

Life is full of banana skins. You slip, you carry on. — Daphne Guinness

With this recipe I was ready for the banana sensation and these cookies did not disappoint. They turned out delicious. Don’t believe me? Try them for yourself!

Three Chunky Monkey Cookies on a white counter.

That’s it for these chunky monkey cookies!

I hope you love this recipe as we do! Have you tried it? Be sure and leave a comment and a rating of this recipe below and then take a quick photo and share it with me using #namelymarly on Instagram. I love seeing your creations!

A stack of three chunky monkey cookies sit in front of a banana.

Vegan Chunky Monkey Cookies

The flavors of chocolate, peanut butter and banana combine in these Vegan Chunky Monkey Cookies, with lots of deliciousness in every bite!
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Vegan Chunky Monkey Cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 36
Calories: 120kcal
Author: Marly

Ingredients

  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose Flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup vegan butter , softened
  • ½ cup peanut butter , creamy
  • ½ cup coconut sugar
  • 2 medium ripe bananas
  • ¼ cup plant-based milk
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup dairy free chocolate chips
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts

Instructions

  • Heat your oven to 375°. Place a sheet of parchment paper on a cookie pan.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients (flours, baking soda and salt). Stir to combine. 
  • In a separate bowl add vegan butter and peanut butter. Stir to combine. Add coconut sugar and vanilla. Stir together until creamy. 
  • Add bananas and use a fork to mash into small bits. Stir until combined. Add plant-based milk and vinegar. Stir. 
  • Pour chocolate chips and walnuts into the flour mixture. Stir until chocolate chips and walnuts are coated. 
  • Pour peanut butter mixture into flour mixture. Stir until combined. Drop by rounded spoonful onto prepared baking sheets.*
  • BAKE for 9 to 10 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Notes

*To make cookies look extra beautiful, add chocolate chips and walnuts to the top of the cookie dough balls before baking
Nutrition Facts
Vegan Chunky Monkey Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 120 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Sodium 101mg4%
Potassium 76mg2%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 130IU3%
Vitamin C 0.6mg1%
Calcium 16mg2%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

Enjoy!

17 Responses to Chunky Monkey Cookies Recipe

  1. Oh my heavens – my heart LITERALLY skipped a beat when I came to this post. Why? Because Chunky Monkey is my all-time FAVORITE ice cream!! And now you’ve made it into cookie form – I love you Marly!!

    • I love this combination of flavors too! But I realized as I was out and about today that I forgot the peanut butter in this recipe. The second I got home I reposted the recipe. I’ll send it to you by email to make sure you have the right one.

    • Well, I’m glad you think so. Could you tell my husband? I think he still has some doubts!

  2. I am with everyone…I love the combo of these flavors. Your picture is so pretty too! After a long day of traveling, I would love to dip one of these into a warm glass of chocolate almond milk. Yum!

    • These cookies would be especially good dipped in chocolate almond milk. Next step? Make some chocolate almond milk!

  3. Oh Dear, this cookie would be a huge success with my hubby, he luuuuuuvs peanut butter.It looks yummy I’m bookmarking it now, and surprise him. 🙂

    • We buy our peanut butter in bulk from Costco because we use it so much here. I hope he likes the surprise!

  4. I’ve just made these … I replaced 1/2 the flour with 2 cups of oats to them to make them chunkier … added some spices (ginger and cinnamon) … really yummy!! Since mine were chunkier they took longer to cook. I think next time I will replace the walnuts with peanuts to make it peanut-nuttier! (also used regular buttermilk and butter). Thanks for a yummy recipe to use up bananas that wasn’t banana bread!

    • What a great idea to add oatmeal. I’m going to have to try that next time too. I think we have a similar trait – I love to adapt recipes. It’s so much fun! You never know what you’re going to come up with. The funny thing is, I’m exactly the opposite when we go out to eat. I find something I like and I order it almost every time!

    • Malin – first of all, great name! Thanks for commenting. I agree this recipe is a great use of bananas.

      Mary – These are a must make because they have enough healthy ingredients in them that if you squint your eyes while eating them, you can convince yourself that they’re healthy. I think they are definitely less unhealthy than most cookies. Hope you enjoy!

    • I hope you like it! Our family had them gone in no time at all. Bananas, peanut butter and walnuts are too hard to pass up.

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