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Did you know that as bananas ripen, they get sweeter? So sweet, in fact, that with a handful of ingredients from your pantry, you can turn them into soft, healthy banana oatmeal cookies. That's right! These cookies contain no added sugar, and can easily be made gluten-free since there's no flour required. Pop a few in the kids' lunchboxes, grab one for breakfast, or serve them for dessert; they'll satisfy your sweet tooth any time of day.
Be sure to use very ripe bananas with a lot of brown spots for the best flavor. These cookies don't have any other added sugar, so it's crucial that the bananas are super sweet!
If you’d like to make these cookies a little sweeter, you can add 2 tablespoons brown sugar to the batter.
If you only have old-fashioned rolled oats, you can grind them briefly in the food processor or blender to make quick oats.
Stir 1/4 cup chocolate chips into the batter if desired, especially if your family likes a little extra sweetness!
To make these cookies gluten-free, simply use certified gluten-free rolled oats.
If you want to add icing, you can drizzle cookies with vanilla yogurt by using a zip-top bag with a small corner cut off as a piping bag.
Added applesauce to help keep them together and moist but mine still came out a little dry for the family’s preference but I didnt mind
Thank you for the great feedback, Rachel. We're sorry these came out a little dry for your family's liking. If you have any left, one thing that could help is to drizzle the cookies with vanilla yogurt upon serving. This acts like frosting and is a great addition.
I made these today, and my kids loved them. I did add about 3 chocolate chips to each cookie. Thanks for a great recipe.
Hi Mindee, We are so glad you enjoyed this recipe and added a sweet surprise!
These sound amazing! Is it possible to make with quick steel cut oats, or are rolled oats required?
Thanks Lauren, we're so happy to hear you're eager to try these cookies! You could absolutely substitute steel cut oats. These tend to just be a bit nuttier than rolled oats, which we think would be delicious in these cookies. Can't wait to hear how you like them!
Can you use regular oats instead of the quick oats?
Hi Shelly, absolutely! Quick oats are essentially roughly chopped whole oats and essentially just cook a little quicker. What you can do to ensure the same results is to quickly pulse your oats in a food processor once or twice to give them a rough chop as well. Enjoy your cookies!
How many calories in each cookie?
Hi Regina, we haven't calculated nutrition facts for this recipe but would recommend using the USDA's Food Composition Database for helping to calculate these. Let us know if you would like any help doing so.
Do you think they would hold together with some added brewers yeast to make them healthy lactation cookies?
Hi Molly! We haven't tried this out but bet this would work just fine. Please let us know if you end up making these with added brewers yeast. We'd love to hear how they turn out!
I just made these cookies since I had very ripe bananas. I did add the chocolate chips.
They are easy and delicious! Thanks!
We're so glad you enjoyed this recipe, Andrea! Definitely a fun way to use up those bananas.
How much did you like this recipe?
Easy to make and delicious. Added a bit more cinnamon because I love cinnamon. Made half with chocolate chips and highly recommend that! No sugar needed.
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