Before the long weekend: try my super moist and delicious cookies! They are made with a secret ingredient, not just matcha, but banana! Pro tip: try to resist eating them fresh out of the oven (I know, it’s hard). They taste even better the next day!

Makes approximately 12 cookies


1/4 -1/3  cup unrefined coconut oil

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/3 cup organic sugar 

1 medium ripe banana, mashed

1 cup gluten-free flour

½ teaspoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon sea salt

1 tablespoon high quality japanese matcha love powder

1 cup organic rolled oats

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips


Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.

In a medium bowl, whisk the gluten-free flour, baking powder and salt together, set aside.

In a large baking bowl, add unrefined coconut oil, vanilla and sugar, whisk well to combine. Use a rubber spatula to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl as necessary. Mix in the mashed banana whisking until well incorporated. Add the dry ingredients and whisk until they’re combined. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the oats and chocolate chips. Sprinkle in your sifted matcha love powder and fold into cookie dough using a rubber spatula.

Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and coat lightly with nonstick cooking spray. Use a tablespoon to scoop out 1 1/2-inch dough balls, placing them about 1 inch apart on the baking sheet.

Bake until slightly golden on top, about 10-13 minutes. Cool on the sheet for 5 minutes before transferring the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely. 


  • Wellness Journalist Candice Kumai is the author of six best-selling books, including Kintsugi Wellness and Clean Green Eats, she is the former food editor at Shape and Men’s Journal. She is a classically trained chef and recurring judge on Iron Chef America and Beat Bobby Flay; and a chef on Selena + Chef. Candice has a cult-followed weekly podcast Wabi Sabi and has bylines in Vogue, Bon Appetit, Chopra, Cosmopolitan, Well + Good and Yoga Journal, her 7th book (on Audible Originals) is based on spiritual wellness, and drops April 2023. Candice resides in New York. Follow her @CandiceKumai on instagram