Delicious and Healthy Banana Oatmeal Cookies with only Six Ingredients

A Plate of Delicious Oatmeal Banana Cookies!

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We are extremely busy in my household which I'm sure is true for most households with multiple children and their various activities. My husband and I have three teenage boys who are all active in sports and other school activities. As well, they have ravenous appetites. It is not unusual for them to come home and make sandwiches or consume a bowl or two of cereal before dinner. If it ruined their appetite I'd be concerned but there are rarely dinner leftovers in our house! Football, horseback riding, working out at the school gym and mandatory community service and tutoring programs for my oldest son mean we are travelling to drop off and or pick up boys at least four night out of every week. Snacks which are healthy and easy to prepare are a priority in our house. These banana oatmeal cookies fit the bill nicely.

Over ripe bananas are not palatable to most but cry out to be used. Yet one over ripe banana is not enough for banana bread. If you want the flavour of delicious banana bread and don't have enough ripe bananas or the time or inclination to bake bread, then try these quick to mix and bake banana cookies. Not only are they easy to make and delicious but read on to see the very real health benefits from eating fresh-baked cookies with oats and banana. But remember, all things are good in moderation only. Make sure to share these delicious cookies with family and friends.

Health Benefits of Eating Oatmeal and Bananas

Even though they are a sweet treat, the oatmeal and banana provide some very real health benefits albeit in a small package.

  • The unique fibre in oatmeal (beta-glucan) has a positive impact in lowering blood cholesterol levels; these plant lignins are converted into mammalian lignans by intestinal flora providing protection against heart disease and hormone dependent cancers such as breast cancer.
  • The beta-glucan also help neutrophils (white blood cells) travel more quickly to an infection site.
  • Oats also contain antioxidants called avenanthramides which help prevent free radicals from damaging LDL's, again reducing the risk of heart disease.

Bananas:

  • They are high in vitamin A (important in skin growth) and vitamin B (calms the nervous system).
  • They are a natural source of potassium which is important in maintaining normal fluid levels in the body and individual cells; thus, controlling blood pressure.
  • They contain protease inhibitors that eliminate stomach bacteria, reducing acidity and, therefore, the likelihood of ulcers.
  • They are rich in iron; therefore, they are ideal for those suffering from anemia.
  • They contain the amino acid, tryptophan, which relaxes a person when converted to seratonin in the body.

4 stars from 6 ratings of Banana Oatmeal Cookies

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 8 min
Ready in: 28 min
Yields: 24 cookies
Ingredients for making Banana Oatmeal Cookies
Ingredients for making Banana Oatmeal Cookies | Source

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup white or brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups white all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups quick oats
  • 1 cup margarine
  • 1 banana, mashed

Steps for Making Banana Oatmeal Cookies

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Step 2:  Mashed bananas.Step 3: Oatmeat, flour, sugar, banana, baking soda and margarine ready to mix.Step 5:  Banana Oatmeal cookie dough ready to portion and bake.Banana oatmeal cookie dough balls flattened and ready to bake.Step 7:  Banana Oatmeal Cookies fresh from the oven.
Step 2:  Mashed bananas.
Step 2: Mashed bananas. | Source
Step 3: Oatmeat, flour, sugar, banana, baking soda and margarine ready to mix.
Step 3: Oatmeat, flour, sugar, banana, baking soda and margarine ready to mix.
Step 5:  Banana Oatmeal cookie dough ready to portion and bake.
Step 5: Banana Oatmeal cookie dough ready to portion and bake.
Banana oatmeal cookie dough balls flattened and ready to bake.
Banana oatmeal cookie dough balls flattened and ready to bake.
Step 7:  Banana Oatmeal Cookies fresh from the oven.
Step 7: Banana Oatmeal Cookies fresh from the oven.

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, mash the banana.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients to the bowl.
  4. Mix well using your hands.
  5. Form 24 balls with a tablespoon and slightly flatten them, and place them on a non-stick cookie sheet.
  6. Bake for 7 to 10 minutes until browned slightly at the edges.
  7. Allow to cool, then enjoy. To maintain freshness, store in a sealed container.
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 cookie
Calories 80
Calories from Fat27
% Daily Value *
Fat 3 g5%
Saturated fat 1 g5%
Unsaturated fat 2 g
Carbohydrates 6 g2%
Sugar 3 g
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 2 g4%
Cholesterol 0 mg
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

Teresa,

Thanks so much for publishing this recipe. I'm a Vegetarian, and my boyfriend is a Vegan. I have Vegan margarine I can use, so I'm sure I'll be trying your recipe very soon.


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Shanna11 4 years ago from Utah

I was literally JUST look for a recipe for something sweet that had oats in it! This is absolutely perfect-- can't wait to try them!


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Shesabutterfly 4 years ago from Wisconsin

Great recipe Teresa! I'm always looking for new cookie recipes to fulfill by fiance's sweet tooth. These are going to be great. Healthy and delicious. Can't wait to try out this recipe!


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fourhappykids 4 years ago

Great recipe! We are always trying to figure out what to do with the one rotten banana - problem solved!


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Teresa Coppens 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Daisy, Hope you enjoy the cookies as much as my family does!


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Teresa Coppens 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Glad I could help Shanna. I had tried a oatmeal cookie recipe that was too sweet and then a left over banana provided the inspiration to tweak the recipe. Enjoy!


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Teresa Coppens 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

They are sweet but not too much so. They remind me of banana bread in their texture but the flavor of oats creates a delicious flavor twist.


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Teresa Coppens 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Glad I could help. It's nice to have something quick and delicious for that lonely over ripe banana!


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chef stella 4 years ago

It looks delicious :) I will try bake them:)


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Teresa Coppens 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

With only six ingredients and hand mixing, they are fast and easy to put together and bake. Enjoy!


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livingpah2004 4 years ago from USA

This is perfect recipe for me. Love banana and need only six ingredients, looks easy to make it. Thanks for posting it. Voted up!


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HawaiiHeart 4 years ago from Hawaii

This sure sounds yummy! My kids love bananas - I'll have to give this a try! Thanks for sharing!


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Teresa Coppens 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

my pleasure. I love easy too. Delicious with some health benefits are a bonus!


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Teresa Coppens 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

I hope you love them as much as my family. enjoy, HawaiiHeart.


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California

What an impressive recipe Teresa! So healthy and yet they look so tasty! I really enjoyed the extra information about the healthy aspects of bananas. Who knew a banana could calm you down? Super cool! Voting up, and a sharing I will go!!

HubHugs~


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Teresa Coppens 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks K9. They are really tasty. The health aspects are a bonus. Thanks for the share!


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theclevercat 4 years ago from Massachusetts

The health benefits section was especially compelling. Bananas and oats are a fabulous health combo... too bad I can't stomach the flavor of bananas! But I know lots of people who would like these and I'm going to share with them. Voted useful.


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Teresa Coppens 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks clevercat for the endorsement despite your dislike for bananas. For me it is coconut!


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan

Love that this recipe is so easy and we always have some over ripe bananas in the freezer. This is a must try for our house!


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Teresa Coppens 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

it was that one left over banana that inspired this recipe. hope you love these as much as we do!


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brittanytodd 4 years ago from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

These sound so yummy! I can't wait to make them. It's so impressive that there are only six ingredients! Great work, shared everywhere, voted up.


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Teresa Coppens 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks Brittany. The 6 ingredients and hand mixing were a big plus for me too. They are soooo easy to make and with football season here again, easy and quick and delicious is a necessity.


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alissaroberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

These cookies look delicious! Now I just got to keep my fingers crossed that no one eats that last banana so I can give these a try :) Thanks for sharing your recipe! Voted up and pinning!


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Teresa Coppens 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

I'll say a little prayer that it's there when you need it! Thanks for the share Alissa!


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adrienne2 4 years ago from Atlanta

This recipe just looks and sounds delicious! I had never thought of babanas in oatmeal cookies before. Thanks for sharing.


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Teresa Coppens 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Hope you try it out. Thanks for the feedback adrienne2.


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Tara McNerney 4 years ago from Washington, DC

Delicious and simple! Could we call it a breakfast cookie I hope? Sounds like an enhanced version of my morning bowl of oatmeal. =)


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Teresa Coppens 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

I like the way you think Tara!. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.


Renee 4 years ago

These just came out of my oven and they are sooooooo yummy! I added a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg, a bit of vanilla and some walnuts. Thanks for the super easy and delicious recipe!


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Teresa Coppens 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

I think I will try them your way the next time I whip up a batch! Glad you enjoyed the recipe!

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