Donkey Kong Power Cookies

When I was in elementary and middle school, Nintendo, Super Nintendo, and Game Cube were the cool hi-tech video games in our house.  My little sister and I would play Donkey Kong until our eyes were swirling.  No lie, at one point we actually were hallucinating that we were hearing the Banana Fairy!  Don’t judge.  Sick. I know. Mishy, you know what I’m talking about, girl!! (sigh) The good old days.

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Well, our mom raised us a chocoholics.  It’s genetic.  Brownie or chocolate chip cookie crumbs were probably packed under our fingernails and chocolate smeared on our cheeks as we magically imagined ourselves as super-strong gorillas.   Every now and then a banana would find its way into our coco-laden kitchen, one of us would grab it, hold it in the air like it was a light saber and say “Ooooooh! Banana!”.


I never said we were normal.

I’ve been feeling pretty nostalgic lately, so I whipped up a healthy nod to our Donkey Kong Country days  last night.

These cookies are perfect as a grab & go snack, breakfast, or as dessert. They are loaded with protein and taste awesome. The only added sugar comes from the chocolate chips (which is a trivial amount, and can be omitted if you like…but why would anyone want to omit chocolate?! To each his own, I’m not hating 😉  ).

Pre-heat the oven to 350.

Mix together the dry ingredients first in a large bowl.

* 1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats  (you may need more if you need to make the dough thicker)

* 3 scoops of  protein powder (I used BSN’s cinnamon roll but any flavor will do)

* scant 1/2 t baking soda

* a dash of cinnamon

Next, add in your wet ingredients.

* 1/3 c skim milk

* 2 egg whites

* 1/4 c canola oil

* 1 t vanilla extract

In a smaller bowl, mash 2 very ripe bananas.  These guys almost got tossed by Mr. FSL because they were “gross”.  I thought they were just perfect 😀  So did my furry friend who was eyeballing them for a week now.

OOOOH! BANANA! (I couldn't resist)

Mash them up and leave them pretty lumpy.  The banana lumps will keep these muffins really moist and chewy.

Fold in the mashed bananas.

Measure out 1/4 cup mini sized semi-sweet chocolate chips.

Fold in the chocolate chips.

I felt like I needed a doughier consistency so I added a little more oats.

Once you’ve reached your dough consistency, coat a baking sheet with non-stick spray.

Taste the dough because it’s awesome.  (disclaimer: you shouldn’t eat raw eggs, but I did and I lived to tell about it 😉 )

I used a medium sized cookie scoop and lined them up like little soldiers on the tray.  They don’t really spread much, so they can be pretty close together.

Bake until the edges are golden brown. Mine took about 9 minutes, but keep checking on these guys.

Let them cool.  (Check out my new Valentine’s Day dishes I scored for 50 cents each!!)

Store in an airtight container.  This recipe makes about 2 dozen cookies.


What food brings back childhood memories for you?  Were you into video games as a kid?  Which ones?  Did you have any hallucinations of banana fairy twinkly sounds?

11 responses to “Donkey Kong Power Cookies

  1. Stephanie Beauton

    So excited to try these out. I am always looking for a not so junk food snack on the go. Thanks girlie!!

  2. Those look SO good!

    Probably my mom’s crescent rolls are the biggest childhood memory (which she taught me how to make two years ago, but I try not to make all the time).

    I was a big video game person! I played Zelda and Donkey Kong. Ummm…I don’t think I had any DK hallucinations, but I’m pretty sure I could hear Navi’s “Hey” every now and then. 🙂

  3. HA love the reference! Anyways-these cookies look delicious! I love that photo of you eating off the spoon. Too cute! 🙂

  4. BANANA FAIRY!!!?!!!!!!!?!!!!!!!!!?!!! HAHAHAHAHA!

  5. My brother & I loved making the no-bake choc PB oatmeal cookies that were featured on the box top of Quaker oatmeal!! & there’s nothing like playing good ol’ Nintendo!! Especially when your playing Burger Time and Paperboy!! 🙂

  6. if i was able to insert a picture here, i would show you the brownies i made last night.,., like you said, we are genetically made to bake.

    i miss donkey kong days and even the days we would play on nintendo 64 for 12 hours straight, we had papers flying all over my room. no breaks, until finally mom was like you have to get away from the tv and i will vouch for both of us we did hear a banana fairy. that is my story!!!!!

  7. Love LOVE the nintendo reference, I may have to try these simply for that reason!

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