Cookies probably aren’t the first thing that come to mind when you’re looking for a healthy recipe but these healthy oatmeal banana cookies are here to prove you wrong.
With just two key ingredients – bananas and oatmeal – and a cooking time under 25 minutes, these are the quick and easy banana oatmeal cookies of your dreams.
How can baking cookies ever be quick you ask? Well normally you have to get a scale, carefully measure out all the ingredients, caress the dough for ages, cut out little cookies into heart, moon and star shapes and then wait another century ‘til they’re baked.
But then I came across these healthy oatmeal banana cookies (that’s what I call them, anyway), and they saved the day.
Ok, they aren’t exactly like other cookies you’re used to, mostly because they are totally vegan cookies, flourless cookies, and oatmeal breakfast cookies all rolled into one. So they’re gooey and chewy and perfect for breakfast or for a snack.
If you’re looking for a more traditional (but still pretty healthy) cookie, check out our cream cheese cookies!
2 ingredient cookies? That’s not possible.
Probably the most surprising thing about these healthy oatmeal banana cookies is that they call for only 2 ingredients! And we’re pretty sure that anybody can mix two ingredients to make these banana oatmeal breakfast cookies.
Though if you want to make them even tastier and/or healthier you can change them into 3 ingredient oatmeal banana cookies with a few add ons like raisins, walnuts or cinnamon. That’s up to you!
It must also be mentioned that they’re vegan oatmeal cookies. No eggs, no milk, none of the usual cookie suspects. Just oats and bananas.
It sounds more and more like a sales pitch (it’s not – nobody’s gonna pay me if you eat them), but I have to say one more awesome thing about these oat cookies.
They’re tasty! Yep, once I’d had the first I finished the rest within an hour (and told myself it was ok because they’re healthy vegan cookies).
They’re perfect for hiking trips or other occasions where you need a quick energizing snack on the go. Nowadays I keep these oatmeal biscuits as a quick snack in my backpack.
But are healthy oatmeal banana cookies actually healthy?
These were originally called “Fitness Cookies” – because I think these are the only truly healthy cookies that have yet been made by humanity*. They’re so healthy you could even consider them to be weight loss cookies (and no that’s not an oxymoron!)
Take oats for example. Not only do they lower your cholesterol levels which in turn helps you prevent developing heart disease or diabetes, but they also energise you with good carbs and nutrients to keep you going for longer during the day.
Those nutrients include manganese, which is good for bone production and skin integrity, as well as magnesium which is important for energy production.
Same with bananas – the favourite fruit among athletes – not only because they contain a decent amount of good carbs but also as they have a role in the potassium game.
Potassium can help to reduce the frequency of muscle cramps, which is pretty good if you’ve got a hard day ahead of you. That’s why they work as breakfast cookies too!
(For more banana-y goodness, try our Banana Mug Cake!)
As you can see, I’m a big fan of these healthy banana cookies.
Here’s an example of when I could have done with a couple of these healthy oat cookies. Sadly, I didn’t have them with me.
Banana Oatmeal Fitness Cookies – for when you’re stuck in rubble 3.5k metres high
Let us know in the comments if you prefer to eat these as banana breakfast cookies or an energizing snack while out and about!
In case you’re looking for other good snacks to fuel your adventure, check out our raw energy bars. Those plus these vegan banana cookies will keep you going all day!
What our readers are saying
These are probably the best cookies I’ve ever had! I thought they would be bland and boring due to the lack of sugar, but they actually taste pretty amazing. Thanks so much for this awesome recipe!Angela ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
These went down a treat with my husband who does tree surgery around powerlines (so high energy work), he has a real sweet tooth though so added vanilla essence and some chocolate chips!Sarah⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
These cookies are awesome! I tried them first a week ago and am currently baking another batch – they are now my go-to easy (and oh how incredibly easy) healthy cookies. I added chia seeds, chopped medjool dates, cinnamon, pecans and walnuts so they are pretty substantial and I eat them as breakfast and/or snacks. What a great recipe! Thanks so much!Gordana⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
*I don’t have proof of this 😉
Banana Oatmeal Fitness Cookies
- 2 ripe banana
- 1 cup rolled oats (oatmeal or porridge oats work really well)
- Preheat the oven to 180°C (360°F).
- Get a bowl and and mash the bananas until they’re mushy.2 ripe banana
- Add the cup of oats and any of the optional ingredients.1 cup rolled oats, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 small handful raisins, 1 small handful walnuts, 1 small handful sesame seeds
- Stir until everything is nicely mixed.
- Put baking paper on the tray so the cookies don’t stick. If you don’t have that make sure to grease the baking tray with butter (or olive oil if you’re vegan).
- To make the cookie shape just grab a spoon and scoop a decent amount from the mixture onto the baking tray like I did in the photo above. It’s super quick and easy.
- Off it goes into the oven for about 15 – 20 minutes.