Healthy + Chewy Oatmeal Banana Cookies Recipe

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This easy oatmeal banana cookies recipe is a healthy choice for breakfast, and these chewy banana cookies have the best flavor. This is a must-try recipe the next time you have extra bananas!

Ever since I discovered how to make homemade granola, I’ve wanted to come up with a banana cookie recipe where the main ingredients were oatmeal and bananas. Oatmeal is a heart healthy food, and it just makes sense to incorporate it into your diet. I’ve been trying different combinations whenever I have ripe bananas. It’s taken a little trial and error, but I think I have a cookie recipe with great banana flavor that you all will like. They are perfect for breakfast with a cup of tea, or for a snack with a glass of milk. 

Why This Recipe Works

This is a great recipe because it’s super easy, the cookie batter calls for simple ingredients found at any grocery store, and the baked cookies have a nutty flavor and natural sweetness. 

How To Make

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • To the bowl of a stand mixer, or a large bowl, add the butter, brown sugar, oats, raisins, chopped pecans, vanilla extract, milk, and mashed banana.
  • On low speed, with the paddle attachment, mix ingredients just until combined. Batter can also be mixed with a wooden spoon, by hand.
  • Scrape the sides of the bowl, and let stand for 10 minutes.
  • Drop level scoops of the cookie dough onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. (I used a 2 in. scoop)
  • Bake time is 15 – 20 min. or until golden brown.
  • Cool 5 minutes on cookie sheet and then remove to cooling rack.
  • Store in an airtight container for 2 days at room temperature, and then place in the refrigerator. 

Tips + Substitutions

  • Of course you can substitute/add anything you want to the basic ingredients. Some ideas are Craisins, peanut butter, semi-sweet chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, an egg yolk, or a hint of cinnamon. 
  • Although not a traditional cookie, the texture is wonderful, and resembles a moist breakfast bar. Very chewy and tender. 
  • I used salted butter, but unsalted butter works as well. 
  • I made big cookies but you could use a smaller scoop and make kid-size servings.
  • Keep the ingredients on hand, and make these cookies anytime, and in just a few minutes. 
  • If you have overripe bananas, but no time to bake, place them in a freezer-safe container and throw them in the freezer. When ready to use, let them set out for about an hour. Cut off the ends and squeeze the fruit out of the peel. There is wonderful juice that comes out too.
  • You can also freeze bananas using the method I explained in this recipe.

How To Incorporate A Healthy Breakfast Into Your Routine

  1. Include Protein: Protein helps keep you full and provides essential nutrients. Consider options like eggs, Greek yogurt, or cottage cheese. Any of these options, paired with these oatmeal banana cookies, would make a wonderful and healthy breakfast.
  2. Incorporate Whole Grains: Whole grains provide fiber and sustained energy. Opt for oatmeal, quinoa, or whole grain cereals.
  3. Add Healthy Fats: Healthy fats are important for brain health and satiety. Avocado, nuts, seeds, and nut butter are excellent choices.
  4. Include Fruits and Vegetables: Fruits and vegetables are rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Add berries to your oatmeal or yogurt, or include vegetables in omelets or smoothies.
  5. Limit Added Sugar: Avoid sugary cereals, pastries, and breakfast bars. Instead, sweeten your breakfast with natural sources like fruit or a drizzle of honey.
  6. Hydrate: Start your day with a glass of water to hydrate your body after hours of sleep.
  7. Portion Control: Be mindful of portion sizes to avoid overeating, especially with calorie-dense foods like nuts or nut butter.
  8. Plan Ahead: Prepare breakfast items ahead of time to save time during busy mornings. Overnight oats, egg muffins, or these oatmeal banana cookies can all be made in advance.
  9. Balance: Aim for a balanced meal that includes a variety of nutrients. A combination of protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fats will keep you satisfied and energized throughout the morning.
  10. Listen to Your Body: Pay attention to how different foods make you feel. Everyone’s nutritional needs are different, so adjust your breakfast choices based on what works best for your body.

More Banana Recipes

  • Banana Bread Recipe (can also be used for banana muffins)
  • Oatmeal Banana Smoothie
Oatmeal Banana Breakfast Cookies | On Sutton Place

Healthy + Chewy Oatmeal Banana Cookies Recipe

This easy oatmeal banana cookies recipe is a healthy choice for breakfast, and these chewy banana cookies have the best flavor. This is a must-try recipe when you have extra bananas!
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Servings: 12 cookies
Author: Ann Drake
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Cooling Time 5 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
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Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup butter (very soft)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup pecans (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 large bananas (very ripe)

Instructions

  • To the bowl of a stand mixer, or a large bowl, add the butter, brown sugar, oats, raisins, chopped pecans, vanilla extract, and milk.
  • On low speed, with the paddle attachment, mix ingredients just until combined. Batter can also be mixed with a wooden spoon, by hand.
  • Add the mashed bananas and mix again, increasing mixer speed so everything is incorporated.
  • Scrape the sides of the bowl, and let stand for 10 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Drop level scoops of the cookie dough onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. (I used a 2 in. scoop)
  • Bake 15 – 20 min. until golden brown.
  • Cool 5 minutes on cookie sheet and then remove to cooling rack.
  • Store in an airtight container for 2 days at room temperature, and then place in the refrigerator. 

Notes

Decrease baking time if you use a smaller scoop.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 cookie | Calories: 144kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 47mg | Potassium: 172mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 180IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg
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