I made these banana cookies for the first time in 2012 when Bart and I were limiting ourselves to two desserts a week but we still wanted something a little sweet in the evening.
And I totally don’t count these as a dessert, chocolate chips notwithstanding.
A few weeks later, I made a batch for the toddler music group I hosted every week at my house and they got scarfed up.
I even tossed around the words “no sugar added” and “gluten-free” and “vegan.”
I know, have you ever heard such unappetizing words? But I swear, these banana cookies are delicious (although if you’re expecting them to be a regular chocolate chip cookie? You may be a little disappointed).
Two of the other moms asked for the recipe on the spot and within 24 hours reported they’d already made them. Yes, the next day! Healthy food win.
Now I make these banana chocolate chip cookies as an afternoon snack for my girls and they’re always delighted to come home from school and find these waiting for them.
And then they pack the leftovers in their lunch.
They’re super simple to mix up and they’re packed with delicious and hearty ingredients like oats and coconut and almond flour (I just blend up some almonds in my Blendtec).
Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies
Healthy Banana Cookies with Chocolate Chips
These healthy banana cookies are packed with delicious ingredients like oats, coconut, cinnamon and, of course, chocolate chips. The perfect snack!
- 2 cups old-fashioned oats
- 2/3 cup almond meal if you don't have almond meal, you can just pulse regular almonds in a blender or food processor until they arrive at a flour-y texture
- 1/3 cup shredded coconut sweetened or unsweetened
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 3 ripe bananas mashed
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup coconut oil at liquid state or melted butter although then they won't be vegan
- 1 cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 and put your oven rack on the second row (so it'll be fairly high).
Place oats, almond meal, coconut, cinnamon, salt, and baking powder in a bowl and whisk well. Add bananas, vanilla and coconut oil and stir until combined. Fold in chocolate chips.
Place heaping spoonfuls (I use a medium cookie scoop) of dough on a cookie sheet and flatten them slightly with your finger (they won't bake down like regular cookies do, so if you want them more flat, which I always do, you'll need to make them the general shape you want them when they come out of the oven).
Bake for 15 minutes. Let cool slightly and eat all of them yourself because, hey, no added sugar.
(slightly adapted from 101 Cookbooks)
If you liked this banana cookies recipes, you might like these recipes too:
- Healthy No-Bake Cookies (I think they’re better than the original ones!)
- Double Chocolate Zucchini cookies
- The BEST banana muffin recipe (this is the most popular recipe on my whole site!)
Photos by Heather Mildenstein