Healthy cookies can be kind of hit or miss for me. I’ve attempted a few recipes before, but usually I wound up feeling disappointed in the flavor or texture and threw them out in the end (not true for my one minute peanut butter cookies, but those only serve one person).
But what’s a girl to do when she has two mushy, brown bananas? I would have liked to make some chocolate peanut butter banana bread, but that requires three mushy bananas, not two. Thankfully I turned to Julie’s website where I remembered seeing a healthy cookie recipe that she recently posted involving peanut butter, oatmeal, and two ripe bananas! Perfect! Last night I had all those ingredients on hand and the bananas were getting gross, so I pulled out my mixer and got to work.
First I preheated the oven to 350 degrees. Then I mashed the two bananas in a bowl until they were soft. They were pretty lumpy still, but since they would be mashed more with the mixer I didn’t mind.
I added the bananas to a large bowl along with some peanut butter, oil, brown sugar, vanilla, and an egg. I mixed everything up until it was smooth. In a separate bowl I combined oats, flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. I mixed all the dry ingredients together really thoroughly because I hate the bitter taste of baking soda, which you can sometimes taste if it’s not mixed properly.
When the dry ingredients were well combined, I slowly poured them into the bowl with the wet ingredients and used my mixer to stir everything up (I was initially concerned because the batter was pretty wet, but it all firmed up in the oven).
I used a spoon to drop the cookies onto parchment-lined cookie sheets and baked them for about 10 minutes. I had to make my cookies pretty large since I only have two cookie sheets, but I definitely would have liked to make them smaller and use another tray.
The scent of banana wafting through my kitchen was heavenly. Yum!!
Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Cookies (Adapted from Peanut Butter Fingers)
Yields two dozen large cookies or three dozen small cookies
- 2 ripe bananas, mashed
- 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
- 3 tbsp. vegetable oil
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 1/4 cup old fashioned oats
- 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Mash bananas, and mix with peanut butter, vegetable oil and brown sugar until smooth. Add egg and vanilla and mix until combined.
- In a separate bowl, combine oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir well.
- Slowly mix oat mixture into banana mixture until everything is combined.
- Spoon dough onto cookie sheet and bake for approximately 10 – 12 minutes.
These cookies were moist and delicious! Be warned that although they are made from relatively healthy ingredients, you should not start chowing down on these like they are raw carrots. They should still be treated like a cookie and you should only indulge when your sweet tooth is ravaging. I just think they are a nice alternative to decadent buttery chocolate chip cookies, for example 😉
Oh, and happy National Chocolate Chip Day! I’m going to celebrate by….er…eating peanut butter banana oatmeal cookies instead? Lol.