Guilt-FREE Oatmeal Banana Cookies
Guilt-FREE Oatmeal Banana Cookies
THESE cookies are one of my absolute favorite go-to desserts, and if you can believe it, they're totally guilt-free and healthy! Don't you hate it when you're trying to eat well, so you decide to buy a sugar-free or low-cal "treat" and then it ends up tasting like cardboard (plus they're filled with random, unpronounceable ingredients)? UGH - the worst. Don't make that mistake again - make these super easy and satisfying cookies instead. These cookies are deceptively delicious - you'd never know how healthy they are! Even without any butter or added sugars, these cookies are sweet, soft, full of flavor, and yummy enough to cure any sweet craving out there. So next time you have ripe bananas, take a break from your usual banana bread and try out these Oatmeal Banana Cookies. I bet you already have all of the ingredients at home! Here's all you'll need to make it happen:
2 RIPE bananas - mashed
1/2 cup creamy, natural almond butter
1 1/4 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup steel-cut oats
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup chocolate chips (if your a chocolate lover
like me!) - or use raisins, shredded coconut, or nuts!
Makes 14 - 16 cookies.
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Mash bananas until smooth, then mix with almond butter.
- Add all other ingredients and mix well.
- Scoop cookie dough onto a greased or lined baking sheet.
- Bake for 15 minutes.
I know you're going to love these cookies as much as I do! Life's short my friends - eat lots of cookies. :)
Photos updated 6/30/2016 - photography by Kristen Schellenberg
1/22/2013 04:04:26 am
My mouth is watering for these cookies. Healthy, fast and banana and chocolate are my favorite combo. Good one Lindsay!
1/22/2013 06:49:52 am
"Bananers" LOL!! More like "Bahnahns" LiLe!
1/25/2013 05:25:07 am
Miss our Bahnahna Bread Breaks william!
1/22/2013 09:14:34 am
Yum!! Can't wait to make these delicious cookies! Another great recipe!
1/22/2013 12:42:02 pm
Great recipe! i have been staying away from gluten a lot lately so excited to try these!
1/25/2013 05:26:05 am
I just made a batch and added shredded coconut per my friend Kari's recommendation - too good!! Just wanted to share that little tip with you bakers!
1/30/2013 06:57:01 am
Great addition! Tastes so good.
2/9/2013 02:31:29 pm
Mmmmmm just made these delicious cookies !
2/20/2013 11:39:06 pm
You're so right Ellen! They are perfect for breakfast, especially if you substitute the chocolate for something like raisins or nuts!
2/20/2013 11:34:10 pm
Made these with peanut butter and they were delicious!
2/20/2013 11:38:24 pm
5/8/2013 10:42:26 am
These look so good!
5/19/2013 05:10:44 am
I am DYING to try these! How do you think of these, Lindsay?!?!
5/19/2013 07:22:25 am
You will love these ones - I think they are my favorite of the dessert recipes thus far! I just LOVE sweets, so I'm constantly trying out different recipes and combinations, and thinking of how I can make delicious desserts more healthy, so I can eat them freely and happily!
10/5/2013 09:34:13 am
Can't wait to try this recipe!! :)
I can't cook. I can't bake. My girlfriend gave me a timer one year for my birthday; I use it for the laundry. So, it's an unusually warm day in L.A. in November (92) and I'm preheating the oven. lol. I lined the pan with coconut oil I had two mushy bannanas. What to do? I did a search for bananas, oats (the staple of a good cookie); and almond butter. Who knew? I just finished my last piece of chocolate but did have the 1/2 cup coconut, spices and viola! Now mind you, my almond butter was the chunky kind and I didn't have steel cut oats so I thought it would even itself out. They are drier than smooth butter would be but perfect with a glass of any variation of milk. The held together after baking and that surprised me. Yum!
1/21/2014 02:35:37 am
I love your website!! Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
1/21/2014 03:00:39 pm
aww! Thank YOU amy!
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Lindsay is a Holistic Nutritionist who lives for a great meal, a beautiful farmers market, daily matcha lattes, and homemade chocolate chip cookies. Weeknight Bite is Lindsay's happy place where her nutrition practice, simple recipes, and wellness tips come together to inspire you to live a healthy, balanced life.