Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Cookies

// These easy, quick and naturally-sweetened peanut butter banana oatmeal cookies are an ideal healthy dessert or a lunchbox treat.



These easy, quick, and naturally-sweetened peanut butter banana oatmeal cookies are an ideal healthy dessert or a healthy lunchbox treat for school or work.

These simple cookies are made using just 5 ingredients - peanut butter, banana, oats, vanilla, and chocolate chips.

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Made with just 5 ingredients in one bowl, these fuss-free cookies get ready in 20 minutes from start to finish! Just mix up the cookie dough in a bowl, roll, bake, and enjoy! They are spot on as an on-the-go breakfast, or as a midday snack.

Also, these peanut butter banana oatmeal cookies are jam-packed with nutrients such as fiber, protein, vitamins, and minerals. It won’t be an exaggeration if I say these might be one of the healthiest cookies you will ever relish.

Love flourless and naturally sweetened cookies? Then these peanut butter banana oatmeal cookies are calling your name. Try this simple and easy cookie recipe, and it will surely become your new snack or dessert.

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About Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Cookies

These flourless, vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, egg-free, refined sugar-free, Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Cookies are bursting with health.

They make an excellently delicious breakfast, plus, they are nourishing and wholesome, which makes them sweet enough to enjoy as a sweet snack. Plus, they are also gratifying, so having them as breakfast is a healthy choice. Sounds great, doesn’t it?

These cookies are just so easy to make, and there are numerous ways you can customize them.

These healthy peanut butter banana oatmeal cookies are not crispy, but they are soft, chewy, and have a texture quite similar to dense muffins, or baked oatmeal. They taste super good and are not overly decadent at all.

You won’t feel so heavy after eating them, but you would definitely feel satiated for hours. They are the best solutions to your late-night sweet cravings. Just gobble up one or two cookies to appease your post-dinner sweet cravings without feeling guilty.

I love enjoying cookies for breakfast. Do you also? Then try these cookies. They are a wonderful combination of health and taste, so you can relish them without any guilt.

These peanut butter banana oatmeal cookies are

✔ a quick go-to healthy snack

✔ quick & easy to make

✔ gluten-free, vegan, and flourless

✔ get done in just 20 minutes

✔ perfect as a nourishing dessert or breakfast

✔ great for sweet cravings

✔ tasty and made with wholesome ingredients

✔ made with just 5-ingredients

✔ nutrients-packed & made in one-bowl

✔ loved by kids

✔ also suitable for a pre-workout snack

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Ingredients

Made with basic and minimal ingredients, this recipe requires just 4 main and 1 optional ingredient.

  • Oats - I have used quick oats in this recipe, but you can also use rolled oats. A combination of quick and rolled oats also works here. You don’t need any oat flour here.

  • Banana - I have added overripe banana to this cookie recipe. Ripe and overripe bananas both can be used here.

  • Peanut Butter - Smooth or crunchy — both types of peanut butter can be added here.

  • Chocolate chips - Chocolate chips complement the combination of peanut butter and banana. I have used dark chocolate chips, you can also use chocolate chunks or roughly chopped dark chocolate here.

  • Vanilla extract - I have added the vanilla extract to this cookie recipe, but adding vanilla to these cookies is optional.

You can get the complete list of ingredients with the amount in the recipe card below.

How to make Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Cookies

Making these healthy cookies is a piece of cake. Just dump all the ingredients into a bowl and mix. Your cookie dough is ready. Then roll and bake. Done! This is how these healthy cookies are done in 4 simple and easy steps:

Step 1 - Mash bananas into a smooth puree using a fork or an immersion blender.

Step 2 - Add peanut butter, and vanilla and mix everything until combined.

Step 3 - Add oats, and chocolate chips and mix to combine into a thick, sticky dough. Roll cookie dough into balls, and then place them on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Now lightly flatten each ball using the back of a measuring cup.

Step 4 - Bake for 12-15 minutes or until lightly golden and set. Remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool for 5-10 minutes on a cooling rack. Enjoy!

On this page, you’ll find step-by-step photo instructions and a video recipe to make the best tasting Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Cookies.

Mix-In Ideas

Peanut butter and chocolate go so well together, and we all love to relish chocolate chips in the cookies.

But for some reason, if you may be wondering what else can go into this cookie recipe, then you can certainly add your favorite add-ins such as nuts, dried fruits, spices, seeds, etc. Below are some exotic options for you to choose from:

  • Dried fruits: Dried cranberries, dried apricots, raisins, or chopped dates can be added here.

  • Nuts: toasted walnuts, almonds, coconut flakes, pecans, cashew nuts, and hazelnuts go well in this cookie recipe.

  • Flavoring: Ground cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, or ground ginger can also be added to this cookie recipe. Also, you can add a pinch of sea salt, to enhance the flavors.

  • Seeds: If you are into seeds, then adding pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, sunflower seeds, chia seeds or flaxseeds is a lovely choice.

  • Chocolate: Other than chocolate chips, you can also use white chocolate chips or chocolate chunks.

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Storage suggestion

To store, let the cookies cool completely on a cooling rack. Then place them in an airtight container and store them for up to 2-3 days at room temperature. To store for a longer period, place the container in the refrigerator and store them for up to 10 days.

Serving suggestion

Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Cookies are certainly one of those cookies that you can have with your evening tea or with a glass of milk every day without guilt. You can also serve them to your kids with a glass of banana date smoothie for snacking without worry.

If you love eggless cookies then you would certainly love these 3 Ingredient Almond Flour Cookies, Almonds Oat Cookies, 3-Ingredient Eggless Nutella Cookies, and Eggless Coconut Cookies.

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Tips, tricks, and variations to make the best peanut butter banana oatmeal cookies

  1. Peanut Butter - Banana and Peanut butter go so well together. However, if you don’t like peanut butter or want to make these cookies peanut-free, then you can always use other nut butter such as almond butter, and cashew butter.

  2. Healthier option - To make these cookies healthier, leave the chocolate chips. These cookies would still be sweet and tasty.

  3. Low-fat cookies - To make these cookies low fat, you can swap peanut butter with 1/8 cup of ground peanuts. You may need to increase the amount of mashed banana when using peanut powder for extra moisture.

  4. Nut-free cookies - You can easily make these cookies nut-free by replacing peanut butter with soya spread, hemp seed butter, pumpkin seed butter, tahini, or sunflower seed butter.

  5. Oats - You can also use rolled oats in this recipe, but quick oats are easier to work with because they hold the shape better.

  6. Cocoa powder - You can make double chocolate oatmeal cookies by adding 1-2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder.

  7. Cacao Nibs - You can swap chocolate chips with cacao nibs for making a healthier version of these cookies.

  8. Flatten them - These cookies won’t spread while baking, so make sure to flatten them beforehand.

  9. Bananas - For making these cookies, make sure to use ripe or overripe bananas.

Do you love peanut butter and chocolate combinations? Then check out these amazing recipes, Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie, Banana Peanut Butter Chocolate Bites, Eggless Banana Peanut Butter Chocolate Brownies, Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Cookies, and Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana Sandwich.

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FAQ

Are these cookies gluten-free?

Yes, they are because I used gluten-free certified oats in this recipe. If you want to make these cookies gluten-free then make sure to use naturally gluten-free oats.

Can I freeze Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Cookies?

Yes, you can freeze leftover cookies for up to 3 months. To store, line cooled cookies on a paper-lined freezer-safe tray and freeze for 2-3 hours until frozen. Then transfer frozen cookies to a freezer-safe container or a Ziploc bag and freeze.

When you want to enjoy, pop the cookies in a 175°C/347°F preheated oven for 5-6 minutes. Or simply thaw them at room temperature and warm in the microwave before eating.

Which peanut butter should I use in this recipe?

Natural creamy peanut butter is best for this recipe, but you can also use crunchy peanut butter.

Can I make these cookies nut-free?

Yes, these cookies can be made nut-free for sure! To make them nut-free either replace peanut butter with any of your favorite seed butter or increase the amount of mashed banana for more moisture.

What do these cookies taste like?

These cookies have a combined taste of baked oatmeal and chocolate banana bread.

What is the texture of these cookies?

These cookies are supposed to be softer than your regular cookies. They have a texture similar to dense muffins or baked oats.


Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Cookies (Step-by-step photo instructions)

For making Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Cookies

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F/176°C.
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  3. Peel the bananas and add them to mash in a medium mixing bowl. Using the back of a fork, mash bananas until smooth. You can also use an immersion blender to make a smooth puree.
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  5. Add in peanut butter, and vanilla and mix until everything is well combined.
  6. Image of the recipe cooking step-1-3 for Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Cookies
  7. Now add oats, and chocolate chips and gently stir together all the ingredients until oats and bananas are combined, and the mixture looks like a thick cookie batter.
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  9. Scoop out about 1 heaping tablespoon of the dough into your hands and roll it into a ball. Make all balls with the remaining dough and place them on the prepared baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
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  11. After that, flatten each ball with the back of a cup or a spatula to shape it into cookies. Once done, place the baking sheet in the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes or until cookies have set and are light brown.
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  13. When baked, remove the baking sheet from the oven and let the cookies cool for about 2 minutes, and then remove them from the cookie sheet and transfer them to a cooling rack. Let them cool for 5-10 minutes.
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  15. Cookies are ready! You can enjoy them with a glass of milk or with coffee.
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Recipe Card


Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Cookies [Recipe]

Recipe Image
These easy, quick and naturally-sweetened peanut butter banana oatmeal cookies are an ideal healthy dessert or a lunchbox treat.
★★★★★
(Rating: 5 from 5 reviews)

Prep time 🕐 Cook time 🕐 Total time 🕐
20 mins
Category ☶ Cuisine ♨ Serves ☺
Snacks American 15 cookies
Nutrition Info ⊛ Serving size ⊚
60 calories 1

INGREDIENTS

For Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Cookies
  • 2 ripe bananas, large-sized
  • 2 cups (160g) quick oats
  • 1/3 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

INSTRUCTIONS:

For making Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Cookies
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F/176°C.
  2. Peel the bananas and add them to mash in a medium mixing bowl. Using the back of a fork, mash bananas until smooth. You can also use an immersion blender to make a smooth puree.
  3. Add in peanut butter, and vanilla and mix until everything is well combined.
  4. Now add oats, and chocolate chips and gently stir together all the ingredients until oats and bananas are combined, and the mixture looks like a thick cookie batter.
  5. Scoop out about 1 heaping tablespoon of the dough into your hands and roll it into a ball. Make all balls with the remaining dough and place them on the prepared baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  6. After that, flatten each ball with the back of a cup or a spatula to shape it into cookies. Once done, place the baking sheet in the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes or until cookies have set and are light brown.
  7. When baked, remove the baking sheet from the oven and let the cookies cool for about 2 minutes, and then remove them from the cookie sheet and transfer them to a cooling rack. Let them cool for 5-10 minutes.
  8. Cookies are ready! You can enjoy them with a glass of milk or with coffee.

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NOTES:

  1. Storage - Store leftover cooled cookies in an airtight container on the counter for up to 2 days, in the fridge for up to 10 days, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  2. Nut-free cookies - You can easily make these cookies nut-free by replacing peanut butter with soya spread, hemp seed butter, pumpkin seed butter, tahini, or sunflower seed butter.
  3. Cocoa powder - You can make double chocolate oatmeal cookies by adding 1-2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder.


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