Made with just 4 simple ingredients, Banana Oatmeal Cookies make the ultimate healthy breakfast or dessert. Ready from start to finish in under 20 minutes, these mouthwatering cookies are bound to have you going back for seconds—and thirds!
Have you ever seen those movie scenes where someone is baking something so delicious that the smell alone brings the whole family running to the kitchen? Well, they may very well have been whipping up a batch of Banana Oatmeal Cookies. I’m guessing based on experience since that is exactly what happens in my house!
These mesmerizing cookies are made with rolled oats, bananas, peanut butter, and chocolate chips. Seriously, that’s it. No flour, no eggs, no baking powder. No stress! Just a few delicious ingredients and you’re basking in cookie heaven.
From start to finish, these incredible cookies take about 20 minutes to make. They are soft, decadent, and downright delicious. You know, if you’re into that sort of thing. For a guilt-free indulgence, it doesn’t get much better than this.
Banana Oatmeal Cookies have been my go-to recipe for everything from birthday parties and neighborhood potlucks to quick breakfasts and dreamy snacks. I love them, my husband loves them, and my girls can’t seem to get enough of them.
Best of all? Because they do so well in the freezer, they make the perfect healthy meal prep recipe. I like to double up on the recipe so I can stow some away in the freezer as a secret weapon. When you’ve got chocolate-loving kids at home, keeping some homemade cookies on retainer is always a good idea.
From baked oatmeal to oatmeal smoothies, I am a big fan of oatmeal in the morning. If you’re looking for a way to spice up this staple ingredient, look no further. These healthy cookies are guaranteed to be a hit in your home.
Key Ingredients for Banana Oatmeal Cookies
To make this delicious healthy breakfast, you will need the following key ingredients:
- Rolled oats: Also referred to as old fashioned oats, rolled oats are the ideal oats to use in this recipe. They are naturally gluten-free and bake wonderfully into the perfect cookies!
- Bananas: When it comes to using bananas in baking, you always want to use the ripest ones you can find. These will develop the sweetest flavor when baked, making the cookies as delicious as possible.
- Peanut butter: This is my personal preference, but you can also use almond butter if you prefer that instead.
- Chocolate chips" You can use any kind you like! Bittersweet, semi-sweet, dark chocolate, and milk chocolate chips would all work great.
In the mood to get creative? Here are some of my favorite ways to switch up this dish:
- Add a little spice. For some added flavor, try adding a pinch of cinnamon or nutmeg to your cookies.
- Add some nuts. This is a great way to add extra flavor and heart-healthy fats. Some of my top picks include walnuts, pecans, and almonds.
- Make them dairy-free. You can easily make this recipe dairy-free and vegan by using dairy-free chocolate chips.
- Swap out the nut butter. If you aren’t a big peanut butter fan or you don’t have any at home, don’t worry. You can swap it out for another nut butter like almond butter or even sunflower seed butter for a nut-free version.
- Add some seeds. For tons of added nutrients and a nutty flavor, try adding some seeds to your cookies. Great options include chia seeds, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, and flax seeds.
- Make them extra chocolatey. If you’re a chocoholic looking to double up on the chocolate flavor, try adding some cocoa powder to the cookies.
How to Store Banana Oatmeal Cookies
This is one of those recipes where I always recommend making extra. You’ll thank me later! These oatmeal cookies store incredibly well both in the fridge and in the freezer. Make sure to allow them to cool down to room temperature, then transfer the cookies to an airtight storage bag or container. Once properly packed, you can store oatmeal cookies in one of two ways:
- In the fridge for up to 1 week.
- In the freezer for up to 3 months.
Frequently Asked Questions
Below you will find the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about this tasty dish:
Yes! Most cookie recipes rely on loads of butter and sugar for flavor, while these cookies are made with just a few wholesome ingredients. They are naturally gluten-free, sugar-free, and dairy-free depending on the chocolate chips you use. When consumed in moderation (aka try not to eat the whole pan on your own), these cookies are perfectly healthy.
Absolutely. You can prep these cookies ahead of time by making the dough and shaping them into balls, then storing them in an airtight bag or container. They will keep like this in the fridge for up to 2 days or in the freezer for up to 2 months. If frozen, let the dough thaw in the fridge overnight before baking into cookies.
If your bananas aren’t quite ripe yet, there are a few methods you can try out. First, you can try sealing up the bananas in a brown paper bag for a day or two. If you’re short on time, just pop them in the oven at 300°F for 15-20 minutes. They should ripen up quickly this way!
Yes. These cookies will stay fresh in the freezer for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to enjoy them, let them thaw out in the fridge for 24-48 hours or bake them in the oven at 300°F for 10-15 minutes.
Four Ingredient Banana Oatmeal Cookies
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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.
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