Easy, healthy Banana Oatmeal Cookies with Chocolate Chips, you are what I need today. Chewy and choc-a-block with chocolate chips, this healthy dessert recipe is exactly what you should make when you are craving some old-school comfort (is there anything more classic or delightful than oatmeal, banana, and chocolate together?) but want to keep things on the lighter side.

Soft and chewy healthy Banana Oatmeal Cookies with Chocolate Chips. One of the best easy and healthy dessert recipes! Sweet enough for a treat, but healthy enough that you can enjoy them for snacks. Kid-friendly, whole grain, gluten free and vegan-friendly, and absolutely delicious!

I’ve been reaching for comforts like these chewy Banana Oatmeal Cookies A LOT over the past few days because WE MOVE TOMORROW. Tonight’s the final push to get everything ready for when the big truck (and big burly men) arrive at 8:30 a.m.

It’s a funny thing, seeing your life in boxes. We downsized so much, and yet I look around and wonder how we accumulated so much STUFF. See you on the other side, my cardboard-contained, sharpie-labeled life!

I tried to be strategic with the packing order. I was semi-successful. I’ve been wearing the same pair of black leggings for the last three days, despite the 80+ degree heatwave we’ve been having (where are my shorts??). BUT, I’m wearing them while eating Banana Oatmeal Cookies, so I’m calling it a net positive.

Soft and chewy Banana Oatmeal Cookies. Like traditional oatmeal cookies, but the banana makes them healthy!

These cookies are one of the very last recipes I baked in our kitchen.

I was cleaning out the pantry to remove odds and ends, and we had a pile of spotty, ripe bananas sitting quietly on the counter. I probably should have discarded them and returned with purpose to my boxes and tape, but why do something as un-fun as packing when you can bake healthy banana cookies instead?

Plus, if I baked Banana Oatmeal Cookies, that also meant that I would use up the last of our bag of oatmeal. One less ingredient to squeeze into a box!

As if that were not reason enough to hurry and make a batch of Banana Oatmeal Cookies right then and there, my procrasti-bake brain came up with another.

If I enjoyed a few cookies topped with a smear of nut butter to create a makeshift Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Cookies? I’d reduce our amount of pantry items to transport even further!

Yes. These cookies needed to happen immediately.

PERFECT soft and chewy Oatmeal Banana Cookies. NO BUTTER! Healthy recipe for kids or anytime you need a sweet fix.

I first made these healthy oatmeal cookies a few years ago, and they’ve become one of the dessert recipes that I make for Ben and myself often (along with these Healthy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies). They are sweet enough for dessert but wholesome enough to qualify as a much more exciting afternoon snack, something I’ve needed plenty of the last few days.

About This Healthy Banana Oatmeal Cookies Recipe

If you are in the market for a ridiculously healthy banana oatmeal cookies recipe that still tastes fabulous, be sure to check this one out!

Like my favorite Peanut Butter Banana Cookies and No Bake Banana Oatmeal Cookies, the mashed banana provides natural moisture and sweetness. Thanks to the bananas, the cookies need far less sugar and fat than standard cookie recipes. They are also 100% whole grain, and dark chocolate = antioxidants.

You could also add raisins in place of the chocolate chips if you prefer buuuuuut….chocolate-removal shenanigans do not fly in our house. A combo of raisins (or dried cranberries or cherries) and chocolate certainly does!

Ridiculously healthy Oatmeal Banana Cookies recipe. Perfect healthy dessert any time you have a craving.

This recipe is also flexible to different diets. While they are not gluten free banana oatmeal cookies (no flour) as the recipe is written, you can easily swap a 1:1 baking blend for the whole wheat flour to make them so.

For vegan banana oatmeal cookies, I’d suggest playing around with a flax egg in place of the regular egg in the recipe. I haven’t tried this yet myself but would love to hear how it goes if you do!

Make Ahead and Storage Tips

  • To Store. Store cookies at room temperature for up to 4 days.
  • To Freeze. Place cookies in an freezer-safe container or ziptop bag and freeze for up to 2 months.
  • To Make Ahead. Scooped, shaped, and unbaked cookies can be refrigerated for up to 2 days or frozen for up to 2 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before baking.

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Banana Oatmeal Cookies with Chocolate Chips

4.94 from 31 votes
Soft and chewy Banana Oatmeal Cookies with Chocolate Chips. Banana makes the cookies naturally moist and sweet. Perfect for healthy snacks and desserts!

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 2 hrs 35 mins

Servings: 8 large, 3-inch cookies (easily doubled)

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup  quick oats  I recommend quick oats over rolled oats, as the rolled oats will have a much firmer texture that is harder to chew
  • 3/4 cup  whole wheat pastry flour  or substitute white whole wheat flour or all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder I recommend aluminum free
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 large very ripe banana enough to yield 1/2 cup mashed
  • 2 tablespoons virgin coconut oil at room temperature (not melted) or unsalted butter
  • 1 large egg at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate chips

Instructions
 

  • Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the oats, whole wheat pastry flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt until combined. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mash the banana (I use the mixer to do this), checking to make sure you have 1/2 cup. Add the coconut oil (or butter), egg, brown sugar, and vanilla extract and beat on medium high until very well combined, at least 3 minutes, stopping to scrape down the bowl as needed. The batter will be a little bit chunky and wet.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Mix on low speed, just until the flour disappears, about 1 minute. Mix in the chocolate chips. The batter will be wet, somewhat loose, and sticky.
  • With a large cookie scoop or a measuring cup, portion the dough in 1/4-cup amounts and drop in round mounds onto the prepared baking sheet. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours to allow the dough to firm up (the cookies will spread and not set properly if baked immediately), or cover the cookie sheet with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 2 days.
  • When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Place the cookie sheet in the oven directly from the refrigerator and bake 10 to 13 minutes, until the cookies are dry set on the edges and feel set on top and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. The cookies will look underbaked and will feel slightly underbaked when pressed. The amount of baking time you need will vary depending upon the moisture content of the banana. Don't be afraid to leave them in an extra minute or two if they still appear to be raw. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling completely.

Notes

  • Baked cookies can be frozen for up to 2 months. Scooped, shaped, and unbaked cookies can be refrigerated for up to 2 days or frozen for up to 2 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before baking.

Nutrition

Serving: 1(of 8)Calories: 216kcalCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 3gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 64mgFiber: 4gSugar: 18g

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  1. These were easy to make and everybody liked them. I substituted dextrose for sugar, because dextrose is healthier. I also used carob chips. The rest I followed pretty well, except that I doubled the recipe. They cooked in 15 minutes. A heaping tablespoon makes a nice sized cookie. I consider these healthy and wiil make some more tonight!5 stars

    1. I’m so pleased that you enjoyed the recipe, Elizabeth! Thank you for sharing this kind review!

      1. We ran out quick, and I made them again today. They won’t last long. And I don’t feel guilty, because, especially using the dextrose, they are healthy cookies! I definitely like them under-baked rather than over-baked. They don’t have to get brown. Just a hint of brown is enough. We enjoy them! I froze some on a plate and bagged them later after they hardened. We will have some later that way. And I baked two sheets today, but left the rest in the bowl and will bake those tomorrow. Great Recipe!5 stars

          1. I have to add that my very picky daughter loves them! Granted, they are “soft” cookies, and she likes her cookies soft.

  2. haven’t make it yet. we have a non-chocolate lover in the house! I know right????? anyway, if i leave out the chips, can i add peanut butter and if so, how much?

    1. Carol, you can’t add peanut butter as that will impact the batter and the cookies won’t bake properly, but you could add a different hard mix in like chopped toasted nuts or dried fruit, or try peanut butter chips!

  3. I recommend cutting back on the baking powder. I followed the recipe exactly, but my cookies were very puffy and cake like.

    Additionally, coconut oil always seems to remain chunky even after being beaten– any tips?3 stars

    1. Hi J, I’m sorry your cookies didn’t turn out as you’d hoped. I hope you still enjoyed them! If your egg isn’t at room temperature, it can start to cool your coconut oil, making it chunky.

  4. These are SO GOOD!!! Making again asap. Super easy and tasty. I accidentally used baking soda instead of powder (woops) but still turned out perfectly delicious. I baked on tinfoil since I didn’t have parchment paper and it worked great.5 stars

    1. Hi Ashley! Unfortunately, I’m not familiar with calculating Weight Watchers points, so I’m not sure what these would be. I hope you enjoy the cookies if you try them!

  5. Mine came out a little dry, hard and didn’t spread at all. They were like hard balls of dry dough when they came out of the oven. Maybe I didn’t add enough banana. I just threw it in my blender lol. Add more banana and maybe apple sauce and less oats next time

    1. Hi Maria, I’m sorry to hear that these didn’t turn out as you hoped. I (and many other readers) have loved these cookies, so I hope they go better for you next time!

  6. I was looking for a recipe that would be yummy, healthy and would score points with my boyfriend, his mum and his teenage sister, and these cookies are absolutely amazing! I’m sure they will love them too. I did not have time to refrigerate them and they worked out perfectly!5 stars

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