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Hello! I’m Anjali. I’m a board certified health coach, author, wife, mom and food lover from the SF Bay area (now living in Seattle, WA!); with a passion for delicious food and a desire to make healthy eating easy, tasty and fun! Learn more about me here and stay for a while!

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Banana Oatmeal Cookies with Peanut Butter

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Bite into one of these freshly baked Banana Oatmeal Cookies to start your day. While each cookie is decadent and sweet, they are still good for you and taste just like banana bread! Vegan, gluten-free and kid-friendly too!

vegan peanut butter banana oatmeal cookies served on a white plate, topped with chocolate chips

Mornings at our house can be hectic! Everyone has to get ready, and sometimes making a hearty breakfast just isn’t on my agenda. Instead, I look for foods that can be made in advance that we can grab on the way out the door.

These banana oatmeal cookies are perfect for that! You can easily transport them, toss them in your bag, or munch on one at your desk. They make for a great snack or healthy dessert too.

Made with healthy ingredients and loaded with chocolate and oats, these cookies are incredibly delicious but are also healthy for you. They’re flourless, vegan, gluten-free and are easily adaptable if you want to switch up some of the mix-ins! The next time you’re thinking about what to make for breakfast, you have to try these perfect banana oatmeal cookies!

Tools and Equipment You’ll Need

Recipe Ingredients and Notes

ingredients for vegan banana oatmeal cookies with peanut butter
  • Bananas: Use overripe bananas for this recipe (similar to what you’d use in banana bread).
  • Flax Eggs: My favorite vegan substitution for regular eggs!
  • Nut Butters: I used a combination of peanut butter and almond butter, but you could really substitute any nut butter you like!
  • Oats: I used a combination of rolled oats and oat flour to get the right chewy, soft, cookie consistency. But you can also use rolled oats + quick oats if you want a more hearty texture.
  • Spices: I used cinnamon and nutmeg, but you can use any warm spices — all spice, pumpkin pie spice, even a pinch of ground ginger or cardamom would taste good in this recipe.
  • Chocolate Chips: Be sure to choose dairy free dark chocolate chips to keep these cookies vegan friendly.
  • Nuts: I used walnuts and pecans for added texture, but you can use any nut you like or omit the nuts if you like!

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl combine flax seed and water and let rest for at least 5 minutes to achieve an “eggy” texture. In a food processor, combine bananas, peanut butter, almond butter, baking powder, baking soda, melted coconut oil, and vanilla. Process until combined.

cookie batter being mixed in a food processor

Step 2: Pour the mixture into a bowl, and add the rest of the ingredients (oats, almond meal, oat flour, flax eggs, nuts, spices, salt) – mix well. Refrigerate for 5 minutes to harden.

cookie batter ready to be transferred to the baking sheet

Step 3: Drop cookies by spoonfuls (I used a small ice cream scoop) on a lightly greased baking sheet or one lined with parchment paper, and press them out a little to expand (they won’t expand in the oven). After you’ve pressed the cookies, add 1 tsp chocolate chips on top of each one.

cookies on a baking sheet

Step 4: Bake for 15-17 minutes or until the cookies are slightly golden brown. Once the cookies are done, let them rest for a few minutes before serving.

vegan peanut butter banana oatmeal cookies served on a white plate, topped with chocolate chips

These cookies were absolutely delicious. Not too sweet, with just the right amount of chocolate to feel decadent, but still be really good for you! Grab two of these in the morning before heading out for the day, and it’s equivalent to a small bowl of oatmeal.

What Makes These Cookies Healthy?

  • Low Calorie: You get a large cookie, and it’s only 114 calories! Thanks to the natural ingredients, these cookies are made with good-for-you whole foods that keep the calorie count low.
  • Low in Added Sugar: The mashed, overripe bananas provide natural sweetness, and because of that these cookies need no added sugar vs. standard cookie recipes! Each of these peanut butter banana oatmeal cookies have just 4 grams of sugar (most of that from the bananas).
  • Vitamins and Minerals: Thanks to the bananas, oats and nuts, these cookies are filled with fiber, protein, potassium, magnesium, copper, vitamin B6, vitamin C, calcium, iron, and more!

Will Kids Enjoy These Banana Oatmeal Cookies?

When your kids hear that they get to eat cookies for breakfast, they will jump for joy! They won’t even care or notice that they are actually healthy and loaded with nutrient-rich ingredients. And you don’t have to worry either because you know how good for them they are!

peanut butter banana oatmeal cookies served on a white plate, topped with chocolate chips

Recipe FAQs

Can I Use Quick Oats?

I don’t recommend using quick oats instead of rolled oats for these peanut butter banana oatmeal cookies. The texture of the cookies is amazing, and a lot of that has to do with the rolled oats. While you technically can make the swap, it’s probably not going to turn out as good as the original recipe, just because quick oats don’t hold up the way rolled oats do. However, you can substitute quick oats for the oat flour if you’d like!

How Do I Store These Vegan Banana Oatmeal Cookies?

To Store: Allow the cookies time to cool. Once they have cooled down, place them in an airtight container and they will last for 3-4 days on the counter, or up to 6-7 days in the fridge.
To Freeze:
For best results, flash freeze them on a baking sheet. Once frozen, you can remove them off the pan and place in a plastic freezer bag or storage container with a tight-fitting lid. They will last in the freezer for 2-3 months. Thaw on the counter or in the fridge before eating (and if you want warm cookies, you can reheat them in the microwave for about 20-30 seconds).

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Breakfast Cookie Variations

  • Swap out the walnuts for any of your favorite nuts. Pecans, chopped hazelnuts, or almonds would be lovely options. 
  • Dried fruit is a fantastic addition to these banana oatmeal cookies. Cranberries, raisins, or diced apricots would all be good ideas. You can add them in addition to, or instead of, chocolate chips,
  • Melt the chocolate chips with a little bit of coconut oil and drizzle it on top of the cookies. It’s a fun way to add some extra flair! 

Top Tips For Making Banana Oatmeal Cookies

  • Be sure to let the flax & water mixture sit for at least five minutes (and as long as 10-15 minutes). This time is needed to allow the flax to be more like actual eggs. This is what helps binds the other ingredients together. 
  • To make these peanut butter oatmeal cookies gluten free, use gluten free oats and gluten free oat flour instead. 
  • Don’t over bake the cookies, or they will be very hard. Cook them until they are a slight golden brown color for the best results. 
  • These cookies won’t spread while baking, so you’ll have to press them into a cookie shape after you’ve spooned them out onto the baking sheet
  • Use overripe, fresh bananas (similar to what you’d use for banana bread) – the riper the better!
peanut butter banana oatmeal cookies served on a white plate, topped with chocolate chips

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peanut butter banana oatmeal cookies served on a white plate, topped with chocolate chips
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Banana Oatmeal Cookies with Peanut Butter

Bite into one of these freshly baked Banana Oatmeal Cookies to start your day. While each cookie is decadent and sweet, they are still good for you and taste just like banana bread! Vegan, gluten-free and kid-friendly too!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Resting Time5 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Baking, Breakfast, Brunch, Dessert
Cuisine: American, Vegan
Servings: 26 cookies
Calories: 114.3kcal
Author: Anjali Shah

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl combine flax seed and water and let rest for at least 5 minutes to achieve an “eggy” texture.
  • In a food processor, combine bananas, peanut butter, almond butter, baking powder, baking soda, melted coconut oil, and vanilla. Process until combined.
  • Pour the mixture into a bowl, and add the rest of the ingredients (oats, almond meal, oat flour, flax eggs, nuts, spices, salt) – mix well. Refrigerate for 5 minutes to harden.
  • Drop cookies by spoonfuls (I used a small ice cream scoop) on a lightly greased baking sheet (or one lined with parchment paper), and press them out a little to expand (they won’t expand in the oven). After you’ve pressed the cookies, add 1 tsp chocolate chips on top of each one.
  • Bake for 15-17 minutes or until the cookies are slightly golden brown.
  • Once the cookies are done, let them rest for a few minutes before serving. These will last up to 4 days stored in an airtight container, even longer if refrigerated and even longer if frozen.

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Notes

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Breakfast Cookie Variations
  • Swap out the walnuts for any of your favorite nuts. Pecans, chopped hazelnuts, or almonds would be lovely options. 
  • Dried fruit is a fantastic addition to these banana oatmeal cookies. Cranberries, raisins, or diced apricots would all be good ideas. You can add them in addition to, or instead of, chocolate chips,
  • Melt the chocolate chips with a little bit of coconut oil and drizzle it on top of the cookies. It’s a fun way to add some extra flair! 
Top Tips For Making Banana Oatmeal Cookies
  • Be sure to let the flax & water mixture sit for at least five minutes (and as long as 10-15 minutes). This time is needed to allow the flax to be more like actual eggs. This is what helps binds the other ingredients together. 
  • To make these cookies gluten free, use gluten free oats and gluten free oat flour instead. 
  • Don’t over bake the oatmeal cookies, or they will be very hard. Cook them until they are a slight golden brown color for the best results. 
  • These cookies won’t spread while baking, so you’ll have to press them into a cookie shape after you’ve spooned them out onto the baking sheet
  • Use overripe, fresh bananas (similar to what you’d use for banana bread) – the riper the better!
Adapted from Minimalist Baker

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 114.3kcal | Carbohydrates: 11.4g | Protein: 2.7g | Fat: 7.1g | Saturated Fat: 2.3g | Sodium: 11.8mg | Fiber: 2.5g | Sugar: 4.1g

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20 responses to “Banana Oatmeal Cookies with Peanut Butter”

  1. This Vegan Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies is really great! This looks delicious and I’m sure I’ll like it! Thanks for sharing!

  2. These look absolutely delicious, a must try for this house! I find that “natural” sweets are hard to come by, but these look very good. Been reading a lot on organic, farm fresh eating and really getting into it. Right now I am reading Natalie Winch’s Ditching the Drive Thru which is so good. She really has a great handle on farms and what they can offer us and why it’s so much better for us. This recipe would fit right into that idea!

    • Thanks so much Rachel! These cookies are exactly aligned with what you were talking about – they aren’t too sweet, and you can feel great about eating them! I’m sure you will love this recipe when you try it!

  3. These look yummy. Do you think it would work to eliminate the nut butters and walnuts? I want to be able to make these for Joel

    • Hmmm – so you could definitely eliminate the walnuts. For the nut butter you’ll need something else to bind it — is he allergic to sunbutter? Since that’s a seed it’s usually allergen friendly, and you could use sunbutter in place of the other nut butters. Let me know!

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