Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

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I love cookies that taste delicious but have some nutritional benefit as well. These chewy banana oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are pretty healthy – as far as cookies go – and my entire family loves them! They make a great on-the-go treat for the kids. Here is our recipe:

Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 2 bananas
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • chocolate chips to taste – the Kirkland Signature ones recently beat out both Ghirardelli AND Guittard for me!

Cream the butter and sugar, and then add the 2 bananas (mashed up) and the egg and vanilla. Mix thoroughly, and then add dry ingredients, adding the oats and chocolate chips at the end. Bake on parchment paper (or a greased cookie sheet) at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. The recipe makes about three dozen cookies.

*Note: You can use any kind of oats, but some versions are more absorbent than others. When I make these cookies with steel cut oats, I add extra flour.

Gluten-free version

(thank you, Catherine!):  use 1.5 cups Pamela’s baking & pancake mix in place of the flour, baking soda, and salt (the mix has baking powder and salt in it).

We have also made these gluten free by substituting Cup 4 Cup gluten free flour in place of the regular white flour (keep the baking soda and salt if you do this).

Dairy-free version

(thank you, Mothernova!): Use Earth Balance margarine in place of butter, 1 mashed banana to replace egg, and Enjoy Life dairy-free chocolate chips!

Here are a few more favorite recipes from our house:

Do you have a favorite recipe that we should try?

MaryAnne lives in Silicon Valley with her Stanford professor husband Mike and their four children. She writes about parenting through education, creativity, and play. Mama Smiles - Joyful Parenting is a space to share crafts, hands on learning activities, and family outings that enrich lives and bring families together.

19 thoughts on “Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies”

    1. I actually thought of you when I was making them, because they use so little flour and maybe they would work well gluten-free. I would love to hear how they turn out if you try them!

      1. These turned out great gluten free! I used 1.5 cups Pamela’s baking & pancake mix in place of the flour, baking soda, and salt (the mix has baking powder and salt in it) and they are delicious.

  1. I’m a fan of chocolate chip oatmeal cookies and can imagine just how much better bananas would be to add into them. Thanks for the suggestion MaryAnne!

  2. Interesting. What are the little orange bits? It looks sor to flike carrots.

    At any rate, I’m baning myself from reading recipes at 5 in the morning. It makes me want some chocolate sweetness.

    Thanks so much for sharing Mama!

  3. Kristen @ Busy Kids = Happy Mom

    We made these yesterday (well, my sister did!). She doubled the recipe and they are fabulous! They are fluffy and yummy! Pinning so I’ll remember for later too!

  4. I made these tonight with my 4 yr. old daughter! The recipe yielded about 24 cookies for us – I made my scoops pretty big. We used butterscotch chips instead of chocolate chips and they are just delightful!! My daughter said, “they are better than okay!” I like that I don’t feel too guilty for eating them – just the right amount of sweet! Thank you for the great recipe!

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