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Healthy Banana Oatmeal Cookies

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prep time 25 minutes
cook time 12-14 minutes
yield 22 cookies


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.

BY:Yummy Toddler Food


  • 1 cup mashed very ripe bananas (about 2-3 small bananas; see notes)
  • 2 cups quick oats
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large Nellie's Free Range Egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Add mashed bananas to a medium bowl with the rest of the ingredients. Stir to combine thoroughly.
  • Place batter in the freezer for 15 minutes (set a timer so you don't forget!) and preheat the oven to 375F. Chilling the batter helps it hold together for scooping and portioning.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Scoop and drop tablespoon-size balls of the batter onto the parchment paper. Press slightly to flatten to about 1/2-inch thick.
  • Bake for 12-14 minutes, or until cookies are lightly golden brown and firm to the touch. Remove from oven and let cool on the baking sheet.
  • Serve immediately or store in an airtight container for up to 5 days in the fridge or at room temperature. Alternatively, let cool to room temperature, then freeze for up to 3 months in a freezer bag.

Nellie’s Notes:

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.

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Comments Reviews

RachelSeptember 24, 2020

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.

MindeeSeptember 23, 2020

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!

LaurenSeptember 23, 2020

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!

Shelly September 22, 2020

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!

Regina WilsonSeptember 22, 2020

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.

MollySeptember 22, 2020

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!

AndreaSeptember 03, 2020

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.