Banana Oatmeal Cookies

These Easy Banana Oatmeal Cookies are perfect for a quick snack, breakfast, or activities like hiking and camping. This recipe only requires one bowl to mix the batter and the cookies can be stored for days or frozen.

a stack of banana oatmeal cookies

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I used to be a pretty active backpacker and hope to pick it up again once my son gets a little older. One of my friends gave me the recipe for these Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Banana Cookies for hiking and camping. These cookies are sturdy enough to be in a backpack without getting smashed and stay fresh for days. They also have oatmeal, banana, and chocolate for a nice energy boost.

BUT…these aren’t just for hiking. I recently made a double batch of these for a campout with 20 adults and 8 kids and they were a hit! We ate them for breakfast, snacks, and dessert for 3 days!

How to Make Healthy Banana Oatmeal Cookies

  • Preheat the oven to 375° and prepare a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  • Put the butter and applesauce in a stand mixer or large mixing bowl. Beat on medium speed until mixed together. Don’t worry if it looks curdled, it will smooth out as you add addiitional ingredients.
  • Add the sugar, bananas, vanilla, and eggs and continue to beat at medium speed. Next, add the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon and continue beating until just combined.
  • Stir in the oats, chocolate chips, and nuts with a spoon or spatula.
  • Drop the dough onto the prepared baking sheet with a cookie scoop or spoon.
  • Bake for 10 to 14 minutes until golden on the edges. Cool on a wire rack.
oatmeal banana cookies on a rack

What makes these cookies “healthy”?

Because these have bananas and oatmeal in them they are great for breakfast. And because they are a cookie, they also work for a snack or dessert. This recipe is called “healthy” because it has applesauce instead of oil and natural sugar instead of processed sugar. You can omit the butter and/or the chocolate chips altogether if you are really looking to cut back on calories.

banana oatmeal cookies on a plate

You Can Also Make Banana Oatmeal Muffins!

This batter is so versatile you can make muffins with it as well! Same oven temp, just a different pan. I made some super cute mini muffins for my campout and they turned out perfectly. I may have put a little cream cheese frosting on one of them…don’t tell! And just like their cookie counterpart, they are pretty sturdy and made it through car camping chaos.

Super Fast and Easy Cream Cheese Frosting

To make the cream cheese frosting, place 1 cup of softened cream cheese in a stand mixer or mixing bowl and beat at medium speed. Mix in 1 tsp vanilla extract. Add 2 cups of confectioners powdered sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, until nice and smooth. Add 1-2 tbsp heavy cream or milk to get your desired consistency. Frost and enjoy!

banana oatmeal muffin with cream cheese frosting
OK, so these are basically cupcakes, but they are “healthy” cupcakes😆

Tips for these Banana Oatmeal Cookies

  • Make sure you give these cookies plenty of room to spread out on the baking sheet, they like to spread out!
  • Store these cookies in an air-tight bag or container. They will stay good for several days.
  • You can make these cookies or muffins and freeze them for later. Once they have cooled completely, place them in a sealable bag or container and freeze for up to 6 months.

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a stack of banana oatmeal cookies

Banana Oatmeal Cookies

These easy Banana Oatmeal Cookies are the perfect healthy snack!
5 from 9 votes
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 14 minutes
Total Time: 29 minutes
Servings: 36 cookies
Calories: 133kcal
Author: EmilyFabulous

Equipment

  • large mixing bowl
  • hand mixer (or stand mixer)
  • spatula
  • cookie scoop or large spoon
  • baking sheet
  • parchment paper or silicone mat
  • cooling rack

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F and prepare a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
    baking sheet prepared with silicone mat
  • Put the butter and applesauce in a stand mixer or large mixing bowl. Beat on medium speed until mixed together. Don't worry if it looks curdled, it will smooth out as you add additional ingredients.
    butter and applesauce in stand mixer
  • Add the sugar, bananas, vanilla, and eggs and continue to beat at medium speed. Next, add the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon and continue beating until just combined.
    banana oatmeal batter before chocolate chips and nuts
  • Stir in the oats, chocolate chips, and nuts with a spoon or spatula.
    nuts, oats and chocolate chips added to banana oatmeal batter
  • Drop the dough onto the prepared baking sheet with a cookie scoop or spoon. These will rise and spread so give each one some room.
    oatmeal banana cookies before baking
  • Bake for 10 to 14 minutes or until golden brown around the edges. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
    oatmeal banana cookies on a cooling rack

Notes

  • Make sure you give these cookies plenty of room to spread out on the baking sheet, they like to spread out!
  • Store these cookies in an air-tight bag or container. They will stay good for several days.
  • You can make these cookies or muffins and freeze them for later. Once they have cooled completely, place them in a sealable bag or container and freeze for up to 6 months.
  • You can substitute almond flour for all-purpose flour for these cookies. Just note that they will be slightly more crumbly, but still taste delicious!

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 133kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 2.2g | Fat: 4.9g | Saturated Fat: 2.8g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 88mg | Potassium: 72mg | Fiber: 1.4g | Sugar: 9.5g | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg

Any nutrition calculations are only estimates using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.

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