Chocolate Chip Banana Oatmeal Cookies a delightful treat that combines the sweetness of ripe bananas with the richness of chocolate chips and the heartiness of oatmeal. These banana oatmeal cookies are not only delicious, but they’re also a healthier alternative to traditional cookies!
This chocolate chip banana oatmeal cookie recipe is made with simple ingredients such as bananas, brown sugar, oats and chocolate chips. These Banana Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies are soft, chewy, and bursting with incredible flavor.
Simple Banana and Oatmeal Cookies
We have absolutely fallen head over heels for these banana oatmeal cookies with chocolate chips! Ripe bananas are not just for banana bread anymore, thanks to this recipe you can use them in a new and delicious way. If you have never turned the ripe bananas on your counter into a batch of delicious chocolate-infused cookies the there is no time like the present to try. It is an incredibly simple recipe that has stolen our hearts and taste buds, and it is sure to steal yours soon as well.
The bananas add natural sweetness, which means you can use less sugar in the recipe. The oatmeal provides fiber, which can help keep you feeling full and satisfied. And the chocolate chips add a touch of indulgence without adding too many calories. This recipe is a healthier dessert option that leaves you satisfied without all the guilt!
Tips & Variations for Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Use ripe bananas: The riper the bananas, the sweeter and more flavorful they will be in the cookies. Look for bananas that have brown spots on the skin, as this indicates they are fully ripe.
- Add nuts or dried fruit: For some added texture and flavor, consider adding chopped nuts or dried fruit to the cookie dough. Walnuts, pecans, or dried cranberries are all great options.
- Adjust the sweetness: Depending on personal preference, you can adjust the amount of sugar in the recipe. For a sweeter cookie, use more brown sugar. For a less sweet cookie, reduce the amount of sugar or use a sugar substitute.
- Experiment with spices: To add some warmth and depth of flavor to the cookies, consider adding spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, or ginger to the dough.
- Use different chocolate: While chocolate chips are the traditional choice for these cookies, you can experiment with different types of chocolate. Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, or even white chocolate can all be used in place of chocolate chips.
- Make them gluten-free: To make these cookies gluten-free, simply use certified gluten-free oats and a gluten-free flour blend in place of all-purpose flour.
Banana Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies Ingredients
Bananas: You will need ½ cup of mashed ripe bananas for this recipe. This is equal to about 2 medium-sized bananas.
Sugars: You need ½ cup of both brown sugar and granulated white sugar for this recipe. If you can help it, try not substitute one for the other as using both of these sugars help give these cookies a nice deep flavor.
Butter: Using ½ cup of softened unsalted butter for this cookie dough to give it the fats needed to be moist and savory in taste.
Vanilla extract: You will need 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract to enhance the amazing flavors in each cookie.
Egg: Using 1 large egg will help bind the dough together and create a fantastic cookie texture.
Flour: You will need 1 ½ cups of all-purpose flour for the structural base of this cookie dough recipe.
Oats: Use 2 cups of quick oats or old-fashioned oats for these cookies. Using old fashion oats will give you a chunkier cookie texture, that is what we used for this recipe.
Leavening agents: You will need 1 teaspoon of each baking soda and baking powder to help these cookies puff up perfectly as they bake.
Salt: Use ½ teaspoon of salt to balance out all the different flavors in these cookies.
Chocolate chips: You will need between ½ cup to ¾ cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips for these cookies. Use more or less depending on your chocolate preference.
How to Make Chocolate Chip Banana Oatmeal Cookies
Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F.
Then, line a couple baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
First, in a large mixing bowl, combine the butter and both sugars with an electric mixer on low speed until smooth and creamy.
Next, add in the egg, mashed bananas and vanilla extract. Continue to mix on low speed until well combined, set the bowl aside.
In a separate small bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and oats with a whisk.
Then, gradually add the bowl of dry ingredients to the wet ingredients by adding ½ cup or 1 cup at a time and mixing on low speed until all is blended and well combined.
Lastly, gently fold in the chocolate chips and stir until just combined.
Proceed to scoop the dough into 2 tablespoons-sized portions and roll into balls.
Then, place them onto your prepared cookie sheets with 2 inches of space between each.
Place them in the preheated oven and bake for 11-13 minutes.
When the cookies have finished baking, they will have a soft center inside. Allow for the cookies to cool to finish cooking and set up. It is best to let the cookies cool on the baking sheets for 5-10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
Serve immediately and enjoy!
CHOCOLATE CHIP BANANA OATMEAL COOKIES
- ½ cup ripe banana mashed- about 2 medium bananas
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup white sugar
- ½ cup unsalted butter softened
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 large egg
- 1 ½ all purpose flour
- 2 cups quick oats or old fashioned oats old fashioned oats for a more chunky cookie
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ – ¾ cup semi sweet chocolate chips ½ is usually enough but if you want to intensify chocolate flavor add 3/4 cup
- Prep: Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a couple baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
- Cookie Dough: In a large mixing bowl, combine the butter and both sugars with an electric mixer on low speed until smooth and creamy.
- Add in the egg, mashed bananas and vanilla extract. Continue to mix on low speed until well combined, set the bowl aside.
- In a separate small bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and oats with a whisk. Then, gradually add the bowl of dry ingredients to the wet ingredients by adding ½ cup or 1 cup at a time and mixing on low speed until all is blended and well combined.
- Lastly, gently fold in the chocolate chips and stir until just combined.
- Bake: Proceed to scoop the dough into 2 tablespoons-sized portions and roll into balls. Then, place them onto your prepared cookie sheets with 2 inches of space between each.
- Bake in the oven for 11-13 minutes.
- Serve: When the cookies have finished baking, they will have a soft center inside. Allow for the cookies to cool to finish cooking and set up. It is best to let the cookies cool on the baking sheets for 5-10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Enjoy!
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How to store oats banana chocolate chip cookies
Keep these cookies stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a couple of days (if they last that long!) For best results, these cookies will last about 3-4 days. If desired you can reheat the cookies in the oven of a microwave to get that warm and fresh from oven taste back into the cookie as these cookies do taste the best when they are warm.
Can I use frozen bananas for these cookies?
Yes, you can use frozen ripe bananas for these banana chocolate oats cookies. Just make sure that the frozen bananas have thawed completely before using and are at room temperature. Discard any liquids that may be in the bag of thawed banana and if needed, you can add 1-2 tablespoons of water or milk into the cookie dough to help get the dough wetter if it’s too dry and crumbly to combine while mixing.
What is the difference between old fashioned and quick oats in cookies?
When used in baked goods, old-fashioned oats maintain their shape and chewy texture because they are larger and less processed. Quick-cooking oats will give you a softer cookie as the oats have been processed a lot more and broken up into smaller pieces so that they absorb moisture differently. This means that if you want a chunkier and chewier cookie you should use old-fashioned oats but if you want an oat that fades into the background you should use quick-cooking oats.
Check out these other great ripe banana cookie recipes to try:
- CHOCOLATE CHIP BANANA COOKIES
- BANANA BREAD COOKIES
- BANANA SPLIT COOKIE CUPS
- BANANA CREAM PIE COOKIES
- BANANA OATMEAL COOKIES
- BANANA CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
- BANANA CREAM PIE COOKIES
- BLUEBERRY BANANA COOKIES
- BANANA PUDDING COOKIES
- BANANA CREAM COOKIES
Every bite of these Chocolate Chip Banana Oatmeal Cookies is a fabulous combination of textures and tastes! These banana oatmeal cookies are a healthier alternative to traditional cookies but with the same delicious taste.