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Soft and chewy, these healthy Banana Oatmeal Cookies with chocolate chips are exactly what you should make when craving some old-school comfort but want to keep dessert on the lighter side.

Soft and chewy healthy Banana Oatmeal Cookies with Chocolate Chips.

If you are in the market for a ridiculously healthy banana oatmeal cookies recipe that still tastes fabulous, look no further. This is the one!

I first made these healthy oatmeal cookies a few years ago.

They’ve since become one of the dessert recipes that I make most often for Ben and myself (along with these Healthy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies).

They are sweet enough for dessert (like this Banana Cake) but wholesome enough to qualify as a more exciting afternoon snack (I love my Healthy Banana Bread, but sometimes I need something more sweet).

You can even enjoy them as a healthy banana oatmeal breakfast cookie for a treat.

Easy Banana Oatmeal Cookies with egg and chocolate chips on parchment paper

5 Star Review

“These cookies are unbelievably good! They were so simple to make and were so moist and delicious. I absolutely loved them!”

— Nicolette —

How to Make Banana Oatmeal Cookies

Sweetened with the natural goodness of ripe bananas (like these Banana Bread Brownies) and made with 100% whole grains, this is one dessert recipe you can enjoy seconds of without question.

The Ingredients

  • Banana. The mashed banana in these healthy banana oatmeal cookies provides natural moisture and sweetness (like in my favorite Peanut Butter Banana Cookies). This means the cookies need far less sugar and fat than standard cookie recipes.
  • Quick Oats. Gives texture, body, and subtle chew to these healthy oatmeal banana cookies (and these Banana Oatmeal Pancakes).

Substitution Tip

Personally, I recommend quick oats over rolled oats (a.k.a. old-fashioned oats) because the rolled oats will yield cookies with a much firmer texture. However, many readers have made this swap and enjoyed their results, so feel free to use what you have on hand. Looking for more cookies with rolled oats? Check out the classic Oatmeal Cookies.

  • Brown Sugar. The perfect pairing to the sweet mashed bananas and tender oats.

Ingredient Note

A few readers reported it is possible to make these banana oatmeal cookies without sugar, if your bananas are EXTRA ripe. They provide all the sweetness you need to keep these healthy banana oatmeal cookies sugar-free.

  • Egg. For softness, tenderness, and lift.
  • Coconut Oil. Makes these cookies tender and adds additional moisture to the batter. (It’s also my oil of choice for these Healthy Oatmeal Muffins.)

Substitution Tip

You can make these cookies with an equal amount of melted unsalted butter.

  • Whole Wheat Pastry Flour. My favorite stealthy healthy swap for baked goods of all kinds (like this Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread) that’s nearly imperceptible. It sneaks in that whole grain goodness without weighing down the recipe.

Substitution Tip

You can also make these easy banana oatmeal cookies with an equal amount of white whole wheat flour or all-purpose flour if you do not keep whole wheat pastry flour stocked in your pantry.

  • Baking Powder. For softness and rise—making these the perfect fluffy banana oatmeal cookies.
  • Cinnamon. For just the right amount of earthy spice to contrast the sweet chocolate and complement the banana and oats.
  • Chocolate Chips. Can you even call it a cookie if there isn’t at least a little chocolate?! (Okay, these Apple Oatmeal Cookies may be an exception.)

Substitution Tip

You could also swap raisins for the chocolate chips if you prefer buuuuuut….chocolate-removal shenanigans do not fly in our house. My personal favorite is a combo of raisins (or dried cranberries or cherries) and chocolate.

Fluffy Oatmeal Banana Cookies without BUTTER!

The Directions

  1. Stir together the dry ingredients. Set aside.
  2. Mash the banana.
  3. Add the wet ingredients.
  4. Combine until just combined, then stir in chocolate chips.


Take care not to overmix the cookie dough.

  1. Drop rounded mounds onto a lined baking sheet.
  2. Chill for at least 2 hours (or overnight).
  3. When ready to bake, transfer the cookies to the oven and bake until the cookies are dry and set on the edges.


The cookies will look underbaked and will feel slightly underbaked when pressed. Don’t be afraid to leave them in an extra minute or two if they still appear raw. The amount of baking time you need will vary depending upon the moisture content of the banana.

  1. Remove, let cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. ENJOY!

Storage Tips

  • To Store. Store cookies at room temperature for up to 4 days.
  • To Freeze. Place cookies in a freezer-safe container or ziptop bag and freeze for up to 2 months.

Make Ahead

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

best Oatmeal Banana Cookies recipe with gluten free rolled oats and chocolate

What to Serve with Banana Oatmeal Cookies

Recommended Tools to Make this Recipe

  • Cookie Sheet. These have been my fav for cookies of all kinds for many years.
  • Parchment Paper. The trick to cookies that never stick—I especially love these pre-cut sheets.
  • Mixing Bowls. This batter is so quick to whip up that there’s no need for a stand mixer, but you’re welcome to use one if you have one.

The Best Stand Mixer

This 5-quart KitchenAid stand mixer has 10-speed slide control and 15 optional attachments to cover all of your mixing needs.

Dear banana oatmeal cookies, I’ll see you in the morning for breakfast.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Make Vegan Banana Oatmeal Cookies?

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! (I also recommend these Vegan Protein Bars as a quick and healthy vegan snack.)

Can I Make Banana Oatmeal Cookies Gluten Free?

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. (These Almond Flour Cookies are another option too.)

Can I Make Banana Oatmeal Cookies with Protein Powder?

You can experiment with swapping part of the flour in this recipe for protein powder. Or, for a banana oatmeal protein cookie that doesn’t need protein powder, try Oatmeal Protein Cookies.

Banana Oatmeal Cookies

4.83 from 73 votes
These easy and healthy banana oatmeal cookies with chocolate chips are made with whole wheat flour and reduced sugar. Soft and Chewy!

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 2 hours 35 minutes

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



  • 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 into 1/4-cup amounts and drop rounded 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 for 10 to 13 minutes, until the cookies are dry on the edges, feel set on top, and a toothpick, when inserted in the center, comes out clean. Note: 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.



  • TO STORE: Store cookies at room temperature for up to 4 days.
  • TO FREEZE: Baked cookies can be frozen 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.


Serving: 1(of 8)Calories: 358kcalCarbohydrates: 57gProtein: 9gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 23mgPotassium: 449mgFiber: 6gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 49IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 117mgIron: 3mg

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  1. Delicious! And also healthy.
    My cookies always spread so the tip about putting them in the fridge was so so helpful!5 stars

  2. Tried this recipe out yesterday, it was great. The cookies were flavourful and moist! Will make again. Thanks for such a great recipe :)5 stars

  3. I put in raisins instead of chocolate
    Chips but didn’t have time to refrigerate and they came out perfect no spreading …so delicious and the hubby loves them and wants me to make more. Next time I will double recipe and freeze some. Thank you from Northern Ontario 🇨🇦 Canada5 stars

  4. Ended up only having one smallish banana, but used it and followed the recipe with whole wheat white flour and raisins. So good!5 stars

  5. The dough was very dry and crumbling to the point it was difficult to press them into balls.

    Maybe an ingredient is missing? The only non-dry ingredients I see are banana, egg, oil and vanilla.

    The taste is fine but the consistency isn’t really cookies.

    I ended up breaking them apart and using them as a ‘dirt’ layer in another dessert.2 stars

    1. I’m sorry you to hear had trouble with the recipe, Sarah. I know it’s frustrating to try a new recipe and not have it turn out. I (and many other readers) have enjoyed them, so I really wish they would’ve been a hit for you too! It’s hard to say what went wrong without being in the kitchen with you.

    1. Hi Thomas, no I’m sorry I haven’t tried this with oatmeal flour. If you decide to experiment, I’d love to know how it goes!

      1. I have used it many many times. I grind up oats in my blender turning it inti a pulverized flour. It works great.

  6. I’ve been making these cookies for a couple of years now and they are the perfect healthy treat! Instead of sugar, I add my flavored protein powder. I also add powdered peanut butter. Because of the extra dry ingredients, I add another banana and they turn out great! I typically skip the chocolate chips as well and when they come out I drizzle a little extra peanut butter on them!5 stars

  7. These cookies turned out really well! I used a flax seed egg in lieu of an egg and was able to make plant-based cookies. The ratios are just right and I might have used a bit less sugar since I was counting on the bananas and chocolate chips to sweeten the cookies. Thank you for the great recipe!5 stars

  8. I made this…..TOTALLY AMAZING!!! So yummy! Must chill dough ….over nite is best! Then froze and using these powerhouse morsels to energize me on the trails …hiking or running…even cycling! Easy to chew & digest! I used canola oil, never have coconut oil on hand…& used whole flake oats ( what I had on hand) worked great!5 stars

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