Are you looking for a delicious and healthy dessert that is easy to make? Look no further than banana oatmeal chocolate chip cookies! These cookies are the perfect way to satisfy your sweet tooth while still maintaining a healthier side. Plus, they’re a great way to use up overripe bananas that may otherwise go to waste.
What do you do when you’re craving a chewy oatmeal cookie and a slice of warm banana bread? You make Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies, of course! Because why choose when you can have both?
These simple cookies are the best of both worlds. They’re the perfect combination of sweet banana bread and a warm oatmeal cookie. Plus, it’s a great way to use up over-ripe bananas. Whip up a simple cream cheese frosting and drizzle over the top to really kick this cookie up a notch!
These banana oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are a great cookie to have on hand for breakfast, as they make for a great breakfast cookie that’s healthier than traditional cookies. They are a healthier alternative to classic oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and are easy to make with simple ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. Plus, with the addition of bananas, they are packed with nutrients like potassium and fiber.
I have been baking my whole life and these this sheet pan pancake recipe are tested and great to pair with your favorite brunch. Especially my Crunchy Berries French Toast to my raspberry sheet pan pancakes or my strawberry banana bread are a huge hit in my kitchen when I’m looking for big flavors but running short on time.
oatmeal banana chocolate chip cookie ingredients
- unsalted butter
- granulated sugar
- brown sugar
- vanilla extract
- all-purpose flour
- baking soda
- ground cinnamon
- all spice
- old fashioned oats
- chocolate chips
Unsalted butter: In order to control the salt content of baked goods, it’s important to use unsalted butter as the salt content varies greatly from brand to brand. An overly salty baked good will result in a poor flavored product so if you are unable to use unsalted, be sure to reduce the added salt by ¼ teaspoon.
Brown sugar: Feel free to use light or dark brown sugar. I tend to prefer the sweeter tastes of light brown sugar but if you prefer the deeper, richer caramel flavors of dark, use that instead!
Vanilla extract: Using a high-quality pure vanilla extract gives a subtle rich sweet flavor while also bringing out the flavors of the other ingredients in the batter.
Bananas: Be sure to use extra ripe bananas as they will add a lot of natural sweetness.
Old fashioned oats: Old-fashioned oats, also known as rolled oats, are whole oats that are steamed and rolled into flat flakes. Old Fashioned Oats produce a chewier texture; therefore, I would not recommend using quick oats as they are smaller cut and absorb more moisture producing a softer cookie.
how to make banana oatmeal chocolate chip cookies
STEP ONE: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Prepare 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
In a large bowl, beat butter and both sugars on medium speed until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes. Then, beat in eggs and vanilla, scraping down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed.
STEP TWO: In a second, smaller bowl, mash bananas and add to the butter mixture. Mix until incorporated. Then add in flour, baking soda, and spices to the wet ingredients. The cookie dough will be slightly sticky.
STEP FOUR: With a spatula, mix in old-fashioned oats along with 1 cup of chocolate chips.
STEP FIVE: Using a large cookie scoop, scoop, and using your hands, form dough into balls and place them on the prepared cookie sheet.
STEP SIX: Bake for 10-12 minutes, until barely golden brown around the edges. Remove from the oven and top with additional chocolate chips. Cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet before transferring to a wire cooling rack.
how to store
Proper storage is important to ensure that your banana oatmeal chocolate chip cookies stay fresh and delicious for as long as possible. The best way to store them is in an airtight container at room temperature. If you’re planning to store them for more than a day or two, it’s a good idea to place a piece of parchment paper between each layer of cookies to prevent them from sticking together. Stored properly, banana oatmeal chocolate chip cookies can stay fresh for up to five days.
can this cookie dough be made ahead of time?
Cookie dough can be made 3 days in advance. When ready to bake, all dough to come to room temperature, form into balls, and bake in a 350°F preheated oven for 10-12 minutes.
can i freeze these cookies?
Yes! You can freeze baked and unbaked cookies.
Freezing is a great way to extend the life of your banana oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. To freeze them, first make sure they’re completely cooled. Then, place them in an airtight container or a plastic freezer bag. Be sure to label the container or bag with the date so you can keep track of how long they’ve been frozen best enjoyed before 3 months.
When you’re ready to enjoy your frozen cookies, simply remove them from the freezer and let them come to room temperature on the counter. Alternatively, you can heat them up in the oven or microwave for a few seconds to enjoy them warm and gooey.
Unbaked cookie dough can be frozen in balls in an plastic freezer bag or airtight container and thawed before baking. Follow baking instructions but will need to add a couple minutes to ensure golden brown.
how can i quickly ripen bananas?
To ripen bananas quickly, place them in a brown paper bag. This creates an incubator, which traps in the gases the fruit naturally releases as it ripens to speed up the process. If you’re looking to ripen extra-fast, add an apple or two into the bag with the bananas; apples give off a lot of gases, making them the best tool to ripen quickly!
- Is an oatmeal cookie healthier than a chocolate chip cookie? While oatmeal cookies generally contain more fiber and whole grains than traditional chocolate chip cookies, their overall healthiness depends on the specific recipe and serving size. Both can be enjoyed in moderation as a treat.
- What are the health benefits of oatmeal chocolate chip cookies? Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies can offer health benefits such as fiber, protein, and nutrients like iron and magnesium. Oats may also help regulate blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
- How does oatmeal affect cookies? Oatmeal can make cookies more dense and chewy, and the fiber in oats can absorb moisture and affect the texture. Using different types of oats or adjusting the amount used can result in variations in the final cookie.
Substitutions for Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
One of the great things about baking is that there’s always room for experimentation and customization. If you don’t have all the ingredients on hand or want to switch things up, there are several substitutions you can make for banana oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.
- instead of using all-purpose flour, you can use oat flour or whole wheat flour for a healthier twist.
- You can also substitute the butter with plant-based butter, coconut oil, almond butter, or peanut butter for a different flavor and texture.
- Experiment with different flavors by adding in ingredients like cinnamon, nutmeg, or dried fruit.
- If you’re looking for a lower sugar option, you can use maple syrup instead of granulated sugar, or cut down on the sugar altogether by using overripe bananas that are naturally sweeter.
- Lastly, you can switch up the type of chocolate chips you use. Instead of semi-sweet chocolate chips, try using white chocolate chips or a combination of both for a fun twist.
bbq bakers tips and tricks
- Bring all cold ingredients to room temperature prior to making. Room temperature ingredients combine quickly and evenly, so you won’t risk over-mixing.
- Don’t overmix the dough. Mix the dry and wet ingredients until just combined to avoid tough cookies.
- Use very ripe bananas for a stronger banana flavor and sweeter taste.
- Add in dried cranberries or cherries, raisins, or even chopped walnuts or pecans!
- Add chia seeds or coconut flakes for some extra texture and nutrition.
- To make dairy-free, use your favorite plant-based butter
- If you’re making a second batch of cookies, make sure the baking tray is completely cool before placing mounds of cookie dough on it to avoid spreading.
- Top with a dollop of cream-cheese frosting for a true rendition of banana bread
Chewy Oatmeal Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies are the perfect sweet treat when you’re craving a slice of banana bread and chocolate chip cookie! These cookies are moist, simple to make, and are perfect to enjoy as dessert or as a breakfast treat with coffee!
other easy cookie recipes to try
- Copycat Starbucks Confetti Cookies
- Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Caramel Chocolate M&M Cookies
- Sugar Cookies
- Iced Oatmeal Cookies
- Dairy-Free Oatmeal Cookies
Oatmeal Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature, 2 sticks
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup light or dark brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup mashed bananas 3 bananas
- 2¼ cups all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon all spice
- 2 cups old fashioned oats
- 1 cup chocolate chips + additional for topping dark, semi-sweet or milk… you choose.
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a large bowl using a hand-held mixer or stand mixer with paddle attachment, beat the 1 cup unsalted butter, ½ cup granulated sugar, ½ cup brown sugar, together on medium speed until combined and creamy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the 2 large eggs and 1 tsp vanilla. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed.
- Next, mash up 3 bananas using a potato masher or a fork and add it to the butter mixture.
- Slowly stir in 2¼ cups all-purpose flour, ½ tsp baking soda and ½ tsp salt. Add into the wet ingredients. The cookie dough will be slightly sticky.
- Then add 2 cups of old-fashioned rolled oats along with 1 cup of chocolate chips. At this point mix everything together with a spatula. Once mixed, scoop out 1.5 tbsp of dough and form balls with your hands.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes, until barely golden brown around the edges. At this point you can add additional chocolate chips to the top while they are cooling. Mainly just for decoration. Cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet.
- Cookies stay fresh covered at room temperature for up to 5 days or until gone, which is usually 24 hours!
- Make Ahead: You can make the cookie dough and chill it in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. Allow the dough to come to room temperature prior to baking then bake in a 350°F preheated oven for 10-12 minutes.
- Freezing Instructions: Baked cookies freeze well for up to 3 months. Unbaked cookie dough balls freeze well for up to 3 months. Bake frozen cookie dough balls for an extra minute, no need to thaw.
- If you prefer you prefer a good old fashion chocolate chip cookies you can always make this one!
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