Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Energy Cookies

This Easy Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Energy cookie recipe is amazing for hiking, camping or just a healthy snack. This only requires one bowl to mix the batter, the cookies store for days or can be frozen and this batter can even be made into muffins if that’s what you want!

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Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Energy Cookies

Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Keyword energy cookies, healthy cookies, hiking cookies, oatmeal cookies

Ingredients

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temp
  • ½ cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1 cup raw cane sugar (turbinado)
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • cup all-purpose flour
  • tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups quick oats
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup chopped nuts (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375° and prepare a cookie sheet with parchment paper or silicone stick mat.
  • In a mixing bowl combine butter and apple sauce and beat with an electric mixer until creamed together. Add sugar, bananas, eggs and vanilla and continue to beat on medium speed until smooth.
  • Gradually add flour and baking soda and beat until fully combined.
  • Stir in oats, chocolate chips and nuts until incorporated. By now the batter is nice and thick and your arms will start to get tired 💪🏻!
    Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Energy Cookie dough
  • Drop dough onto the prepared baking sheet with cookie scoop or spoon. These will rise and spread so give each one some room.
    Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Energy Cookie scoop
  • Bake for 10 to 14 minutes or until golden brown around the edges. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

I used to be a pretty active backpacker (before kids 🤣), and received this recipe from a friend who is also very active. She swore that these cookies would not get smashed when hiking so you could bring them in your backpack but would also give you the energy boost you needed during a long hike. She was correct! BUT…these aren’t just for hiking. I recently made a double batch of these for a campout we went to with 20 adults and kids and they were a hit!

Because these have banana and oatmeal in them they work for breakfast and because they are a cookie they also work for a snack or dessert. They also have applesauce instead of oil and you can omit the butter and/or the chocolate chips altogether if you are really looking to cut back on calories.

As I mentioned, you can make this entire recipe using one large bowl and can also use a muffin tin to make muffins. Same oven temp, just a different pan! I may have put a little cream cheese frosting on one of them…don’t tell!

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