Thank you for visiting! If you liked this post, please don’t forget to stumble 🙂

It is that time again…..time for the members of the Secret Recipe Club to finally disclose whose blog they were assigned to make something from.  I received my assignment and was surprised to find it was a blog I have not ever seen before.  Especially since as I started to read through this blog I realized that she and I are a lot alike in our tastes.  Somehow I wonder if Amanda paired me up with her because of the booze?  ;o)

My secret that I have been keeping for the last month is the blog Jam Hands written by Ali.  I love the little quote she has on the sidebar that is the inspiration for her blog.  However, I can’t give it all away to you.  You must go there to read her quote and check out all the yummines (and booziness) she has there.  This is a girl right after my own heart!

I have bookmarked several of her recipes that I plan to go back and try.  The recipe I chose to make for the SRC was the Banana Cake Cookies.  I had bananas.  I also had bananas that I had too long and desperately needed to do something with them.  I considered the Impossible Banana Ice Cream – I mean, all you need is frozen bananas and a food processor.  I will however make the ice cream too.  Imagine, ice cream I can eat without getting sick.    Ali highly recommended these cookies that she found on and she gave them 5 stars..  I also read that they were soft.  Soft cookies are always a plus when feeding cookies to Grumpy.  They can only be chewy or soft.  He will not eat crunchy, hard cookies.

Banana Cake Cookies with Chocolate, Walnuts, and Cardamon
adapted from Jam Hands and

Printable Recipe

1/2 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup packed light brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup mashed ripe banana
1/2 teaspoon cardamom
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 cups flour
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/3 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350.

In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar.  Add eggs, one at a time mixing until well blended after each addition.  Mix in bananas and vanilla extract.

In a separate bowl combine cardamom – flour, add to sugar mixture stirring until just blended.  Gently fold in walnuts and chocolate chips.  The batter will be some what banana bread like – only a little firmer.  Don’t worry – they will not run all over your cookie sheet (at least mine didn’t!).  Scoop out tablespoons of the batter and space 2 inches apart.  Bake 10-12 minutes or until no longer wet on top.

I didn’t really follow the icing recipe.  I just mixed together some confectioners sugar, a little butter extract, a little rum,  a little fat free half and half and chocolate.  Sorry for no measurements, but you can find them on the allrecipes site.  🙂

If you would like to join us in the fun and join the Secret Recipe Club – make sure to visit the website and sign up!

About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.


  1. marla June 13, 2011 at 11:11 am - Reply

    These cookies were a great pick! Loving the cardamom. Fun to be in the Secret Recipe club with you 🙂

  2. Ali June 13, 2011 at 11:16 am - Reply

    Thank you so much for your write up of my blog Shelby Mae. I think I was perhaps in the midst of posting a back log of drink recipes when you visited, or am I really that boozy? Hah! 😀

    I really like the additions you made to this original recipe. I bet the cardamom and walnuts tasted delicious.

    Have a wonderful week and thank you again for the kind words. 🙂

  3. Pegasuslegend June 13, 2011 at 1:15 pm - Reply

    these sound delcious I have been checking back, I saw you post last week and couldnt find the recipe lol! Thanks Shelby nice job~

  4. Dan June 13, 2011 at 2:00 pm - Reply

    banana cake is always a big hit at home (without the nuts). I'll need to send this recipe home as well!

  5. Tessa June 13, 2011 at 5:21 pm - Reply

    It's always great to have lots of banana recipes because mine always seem to go bad so quickly!

  6. HoosierHomemade June 13, 2011 at 6:04 pm - Reply

    What a great recipe! I bet they are super moist.
    Stopping by from Secret Recipe Club.

  7. Sara June 13, 2011 at 6:21 pm - Reply

    Oooh, I love banana cake – what a great idea to turn them into cookies! 🙂

  8. Kathleen June 13, 2011 at 6:30 pm - Reply

    These cookies look really yummy. I love the cardamom.

  9. Jason | Jason's BBQ Adventures June 13, 2011 at 7:22 pm - Reply

    Amazing cookies! Great combination of flavors.

  10. Helene June 13, 2011 at 11:25 pm - Reply

    I usually end up always baking banana bread with bananas. For a change that looks delicious.

  11. Lisa June 14, 2011 at 12:01 am - Reply

    Bananas, cardamom, and chocolate, oh my. Those cookies must have tons of flavor.

  12. Anne @ Quick and Easy Cheap and Healthy June 14, 2011 at 1:33 am - Reply

    Soft cookies are my favorite, too!

  13. Leslie June 14, 2011 at 2:13 am - Reply

    These sound sooo good. I love love love banana cookies

  14. Lisa~~ June 14, 2011 at 2:52 am - Reply

    I'm enjoying my first month in the Secret Recipe Club and checking out all the blogs and recipes. Your cookies are all the flavors I love.

  15. masini second June 15, 2011 at 11:26 am - Reply

    This is a great and not very hard recipe and for sure it is delicious, so i will give it a try tomorrow. Thanks a lot for sharing with us.

  16. Katherine Martinelli June 15, 2011 at 2:15 pm - Reply

    Ooh, I'm always looking for ways to use my overripe bananas (and at least a few always get overripe). These look great! Thanks for stopping by my blog, so glad to have found yours!

  17. Kristen June 15, 2011 at 10:49 pm - Reply

    Cardamom and bananas sound so good together. What a tasty cookie!

  18. Diane June 16, 2011 at 12:02 am - Reply

    I love bananas in bread, this sounds like a delicious twist!

  19. Foodiva June 16, 2011 at 1:28 am - Reply

    These are like mini banana cakes, and totally yummier! I love that you added cardamom to the cookies…now I know what to do with my spice stash.

  20. Julie June 16, 2011 at 1:50 am - Reply

    I've been looking for recipes using cardamom. I will be giving these a try as soon as I get a ripe banana. Also, I've read about freezing the banana and processing for ice cream. YUM and way less calories but can I add chocolate? 🙂

  21. Jeanette June 16, 2011 at 2:16 am - Reply

    What a fun recipe to try for this month's Secret Recipe Club! I love the combination of banana, chocolate and walnuts.

  22. Mads June 17, 2011 at 2:54 am - Reply

    I bought cardamom when I was on a brief Indian food kick. Now I know what else I can do with it!

  23. Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] June 17, 2011 at 12:19 pm - Reply

    Banana cake cookies? what rock have I been under. I love banana cake, this one is so going on my must make immediately list!

  24. amanda @ fake ginger June 17, 2011 at 6:50 pm - Reply

    Ooh, soft banana cookies sound delicious right now!

  25. Sanjeeta kk June 18, 2011 at 11:59 am - Reply

    The cookies look gorgeous and delightful! Happy to be a part of SRC and get to know you 🙂 You have a lovely space and am off to browse your recipes.

  26. Shumaila June 21, 2011 at 8:41 pm - Reply

    The cookies look great! Great pick for the SRC! Wish I could make them but am allergic to bananas :(!

Leave A Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Shelby Welcome! I'm Shelby, author of Grumpy's Honeybunch. I have been sharing family favorite recipes since 2007. I started the Keto Diet in October 2017 and since then I have been creating Keto ... read more

Latest Cookbook Available Now

As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.

Pescatarian Cookbook Preorder Now Image

One Pot Paleo Cookbook by Shelby Law Ruttan