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Walnut and Banana Oatmeal Cookies

Updated on April 10, 2015
banana and walnut oatmeal cookies
banana and walnut oatmeal cookies

If you're looking for a healthy snack, try these tasty walnut and banana oatmeal cookies. They are satisfying and tasty, and they won't add too much sugar to your daily intake. In fact, my cookie recipe doesn't contain any added sugar - the sweetness comes from the mashed banana.

You need just three basic ingredients : mashed ripe bananas, oats and chopped walnuts. I find this recipe is a great way of using up bananas that have ripened past the point where anyone in the house wants to eat them raw. If I'm too busy to make cookies at the time, I slice them up and freeze them until I'm ready to satisfy the "cookie monster".

As you can see in the photo, I've topped mine with raspberries, but you could have them plain, or topped with other fruit - cherries and small strawberries also work well. For chocolate lovers... why not...

The recipe is actually very forgiving - you can vary the proportions of banana, oats and nuts without disaster. If you prefer almonds or pine nuts, that's OK too.

To give a little extra kick, I added some mixed spice which is very popular in the UK. I'm told that pumpkin spice is similar. Another great alternative is cinnamon.

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Ingredients

  • Cookies:
  • 1 large or 2 small bananas
  • 1 cup oatmeal / porridge
  • 50 g of chopped walnuts
  • Optional:
  • Spice e.g. cinnamon, mixed spice (UK) or pumpkin spice (US)
  • Raspberries, cherries or chocolate topping
  • Coconut oil
Schwartz Mixed Spice  28g
Schwartz Mixed Spice 28g

Delicious UK style mixed spice to add flavour and aroma to desserts, cookies and more.

 

Instructions

  1. Mash the banana with a fork
  2. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon or mixed spice (optional)
  3. Stir in the chopped walnuts and oatmeal
  4. Oil a baking tray with coconut or other oil or cover with baking paper
  5. Place 6 - 8 balls around the baking tray
  6. Flatten into circles
  7. Top with a raspberry, cherry or chocolate drop (optional)
  8. Cook for 20 - 25 minutes at 350 F (gas mark 4 or 180 C)

What Type of Cookie Sheet Should I Use?

It's surprising how cookie baking can be improved by using a good cookie sheet. The wrong cookie sheet can cause cookies to spread into blobs, to stick or to burn. If you've been baking cookies for years, you probably have a favorite cookie sheet that gives reliable results.

If you're a cookie-virgin, here are a couple of tips to help you get the best results:

  • use a thicker baking sheet for even baking
  • aluminum sheets transfer heat more evenly than steel baking sheets and promotes even browning
  • raised edges allow easier handling
  • make sure you use a baking sheet that is large enough to give plenty of space around each cookie

Good Cook Set Of 3 Non-Stick Cookie Sheet
Good Cook Set Of 3 Non-Stick Cookie Sheet

This three piece set includes small, medium and large cookie sheets. They are heavy duty and easy clean, with a non-stick coating.

 
Black & Decker EHC650B Ergo 3-Cup Food Chopper
Black & Decker EHC650B Ergo 3-Cup Food Chopper

This 3-cup capacity food chopper is perfect for chopping nuts, fruit or vegetables. It has an ergonomic grip for easy use and a safety locking lid. The stay-sharp blade, 150 watts of power and high and low pulse button control allow you to chop and mince with precise results.

 

I am a bit of a "cookie monster" myself. Do you enjoy cookies? Which is your favourite?

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    • Brite-Ideas profile image

      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      terrific sounding and healthy!

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Oh WOW! I like these, because I love oatmeal, and the fact that they're no cook makes them even better. Love this recipe, thanks for sharing.

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      Renaissance Woman 3 years ago from Colorado

      These cookies look fantastic. I am eager to try them. I do love cookies.

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      Lorelei Cohen 3 years ago from Canada

      I am a die hard cookie aholic so any cookie that says "healthy" is on my goodie list. Love that these have oatmeal and fruit. Win - Win.

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      savateuse 3 years ago

      @Diana Wenzel: I was surprised at how good they were with the mashed banana!

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      savateuse 3 years ago

      @Lady Lorelei: all healthy stuff here!

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 3 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      Your cookies look really great! I'm the desserts and goodies contributor.

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      savateuse 3 years ago

      @Jerzimom: thanks for taking the time to visit !

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      These look really good!

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      These sound not only good but very easy to make as well.

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      savateuse 3 years ago

      @Susan Zutautas: easy, tasty!

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      Martina 3 years ago from Croatia, Europe

      I gave a try to made half of the cookies with walnuts, add almonds to the other half of the mixture and topped them all with cherries. I was worried how the mixture will merge, then a little bit disappointed because 20 minutes was a little bit too much of baking in my oven and the cookies didn`t taste so good as I expected even they looked gorges, but everything changed the next day. They were delicious when completely cooled down!

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      Fay Favored 2 years ago from USA

      These look wonderful. I have made this in a bread, but not in cookies. Making sure to pin this. Thanks.

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      Mary Norton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Will give this a try. No flour and no sugar. This makes it in my list.

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