Peanut Butter And Banana Oatmeal Cookies

An easy cookie recipe that is equally yummy and healthy and can be made nut free!

Cookies can be hard to resist (and not just for the little ones), so we absolutely love that there’s a version of the baked treat that we don’t have to feel guilty about feeding to our family. Peanut butter and bananas come together to give this recipe a satisfying sweetness while oats make the cookies delightfully soft and chewy. Whether you’re making this healthy treat to make use of browning bananas or to keep your kiddies away from the packaged versions, they’re sure to be a tasty hit in your household! 

These oatmeal cookies are super quick to make and will likely be gobbled up in no time. Make sure that you use bananas with lots of brown spots as they have less starch and more naturally occurring sugars at this stage (meaning that there are no artificial sweeteners required for this recipe). Oats are essential for holding the cookie together and giving it the perfect cookie texture. The peanut butter can be substituted for your favourite nut butter or omitted completely—while we do love the nutty flavour it adds to the cookie, this recipe stands strong with simply two-ingredients.

When it comes to the add-ins, we decided on semi-sweet chocolate chips and a touch of cinnamon for decadence without the crazy amount of sugar found in grocery store varieties. Of course, you could sub out these flavours for the kiddies’ favourites—we love the idea of adding raisins, nuts, blueberries, cranberries or shredded coconut.

Parents will feel good about their children (and themselves) eating these yummy cookies. They make for a great breakfast cookie for picky eaters or a yummy recess snack for your sweetie with a sweet tooth. With a short preparation and baking time and such simple ingredients, this recipe is a feel-good snack that can be enjoyed regularly (I make them at least once a week!).

Peanut Butter & Banana Oatmeal Cookies

Makes 12 cookies

Ingredients

2 ripe bananas

1.5 cups oats

2 tbsp. peanut butter

½ tsp. cinnamon

¼ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

2. Mash bananas in a bowl with a fork.

3. Add oats, peanut butter and cinnamon to the bowl and mix well. Stir in the chocolate chips.

4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and scoop the cookie batter onto it. Shape the dough into the actual size you want your cookies to be because they will remain the same size while baking.

5. Cook in the oven for 12-15 minutes. 12 minutes make for a softer cookie while the full 15 minutes makes a chewier one.

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