This 3-ingredient banana oatmeal cookie is an ideal breakfast snack. The combination of bananas, rolled oats, and chocolate provide the perfect balance between nutrition and sweetness.
What Makes Banana Oatmeal Cookies So Special?
Banana oatmeal cookies are remarkable because even though they are “cookies”, they are much healthier than an average cookie, much like our healthy oatmeal raisin cookies. Instead of being loaded with extra sugar, the sweetness comes from the natural sugars in the ripe bananas (and a little from the chocolate chips). Compared to normal sugar cookies, banana oatmeal cookies have more fiber and a less calorie content, making it a guilt-free snack!
How To Make Banana Oatmeal Cookies
This dish requires only three ingredients and a little bit of mixing. Then, lo and behold — it’s ready!
- Mash the bananas: Mash ripe bananas with a fork in a large bowl. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Stir all the ingredients: Combine the rolled oats and chocolate chips with the mashed bananas.
- Shape the cookie: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Scoop cookies into 1 1/2 tablespoon-sized balls, or use a medium sized cookie scoop. Shape by hand as needed, then place cookies onto the baking sheet.
- Bake: Bake for 13-15 minutes or until cookies are lightly golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Dig in!
Hot tip: A quality baking sheet is vital for these cookies! Here’s our favorite baking sheet!
Quick Tips for the Best Cookie
We want you to have the best banana oatmeal cookie you’ve ever had. Here are some tips to ensure that happens.
- Mash very ripe bananas: The more ripe, the sweeter the banana (and great for baking!). Use two medium bananas (about 1 1/3 cup when mashed). Avoid using too much banana as this can make the cookies heavy and damp.
- Avoid substituting the rolled oats: Rolled oats yield a softer cookie than quick oats, therefore avoid substituting this important ingredient.
- Shape the cookies to preference: These cookies do not spread like typical butter cookies, shape them to your preference. We like to round them in our hands, then press down on the top with a spoon to slightly flatten the tops.
- Use your favorite chocolate chips: Regular sized, mini sized, or white/dark/milk chocolate chips are all great varieties of chocolate chips to use.
Our Favorite Mix-ins
Add a little more personality to your banana oatmeal cookie with these simple add-ins.
- Crunchy nuts: Almonds, walnuts, pecans, or any other nut are great choices. They will add a nice crunch plus protein to your breakfast cookie!
- Fruits: Add a few raisins or dried cranberries for some fruity chewiness! Or, sprinkle coconut flakes for more flavor and texture!
- Spices: A teaspoon or two of cinnamon or nutmeg will give the cookies a slightly spicy, fall-like taste.
- Flavor: Further change up the flavor by adding peanut butter and/or vanilla extract to the mix. You won’t regret it!
Storing Your Cookies
Banana oatmeal cookies are the best when they are warm and gooey from the oven, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be enjoyed later, too!
- Room-temperature: To store for up to four days, keep the cookies on the counter in an airtight container.
- Freezer: To store for up to three months, wrap individual cookies in plastic wrap and freeze. Keep the cookies together in a large ziploc bag. Thaw in the fridge overnight before enjoying them!
Hot tip: To warm up the cookie and make it soft and fresh again, microwave it for a few seconds or place a batch in the oven for a few minutes. Easy-peasy!
Are banana oatmeal cookies sweet?
These banana oatmeal cookies are sweet despite not having added sugar. The sweetness comes from the ripe bananas (the more ripe, the sweeter the taste) and the chocolate chips.
How do I moisten dry banana oatmeal cookies?
If a leftover cookie becomes dry, cover it in a wet paper towel and warm it up in the microwave for a few seconds. This will add moisture and make the cookie warm and fresh again.
When are banana oatmeal cookies done baking?
Banana oatmeal cookies are fully baked when they turn a golden-brown color and the center is set (not jiggly or raw).
More Banana Recipes
- Whole Wheat Banana Bread – Hearty grains, sweet banana, and plump raisin bread
- Banana Oatmeal Pancakes – 3 ingredient pancakes, best served with syrup and walnuts
- Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins – Banana muffins loaded with semi sweet chocolate chips.
- Banana Zucchini Bread – Grated zucchini, bananas, and a healthy dose of chocolate chips
- Chocolate Nutella Banana Cake – Sour cream infused banana cake slathered with Nutella
- Banana Almond Whoopie Pies – Moist banana almond cookies sandwiched with cream cheese frosting
- 2 medium bananas (about 1 1/3 cup mashed)
- 1 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, mash bananas with a fork.
- Add oats and chocolate chips. Stir to combine it all together.
- Line a baking sheet. Scoop cookies about 1.5 tablespoon in size. Shape them by hand and place them on the baking sheet.
- Bake for 13-15 minutes or until they are lightly golden. Cool on a wire rack before digging in.
Making the cookies today! Is one cookie 94 calories? Thank you for the recipe 😊🍪
Hi Lilly, correct, each cookie is approximately 94 calories. It can be less or more depending on how big you make the cookies.
I'm already on my second batch of these cookies. They are so good! I omitted the chocolate chips and just used chopped walnuts in my first batch and the second batch I combined chopped walnuts and cashews plus added cinnamon. I didn't know a cookie could be tasty and healthy at the same time!
Hi Cindy, I love the added nuts! Thank you for sharing your process and leaving feedback. Enjoy!
These are one of the easiest, chewiest, most delicious cookies ever!! It's almost like your breakfast in a cookie! So yummy!
Hi Kristyn, I am so thrilled to hear that you love this recipe! Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback. Enjoy!
I can't believe these are only 3 ingredients - they're so good!
Hi April! I agree they are the best! Thank you for the feedback, Enjoy!
I was so excited I had all of the ingredients! These were AMAZING! Easy to make too. My youngest said they were his favorite.
That makes me so happy to hear, Shana! Thank you for sharing that! Enjoy!