Thursday, August 16, 2012

Banana Oatmeal Cookies

Several months ago I was trying to decide on a sweet treat to bring to my in-laws house.  I had some super ripe bananas that needed using so I eventually decided upon these banana oatmeal cookies.  My mom used to make these when we were growing up and I always loved them.  I would even rationalize that they were okay for breakfast because they were full of bananas, oatmeal, and raisins.  Here's the thing though . . . none of my boys (including my husband) or my in-laws like raisins.  Seriously.  In fact, I wasn't so sure the cookies would be a hit at all but I persevered.  To make them a little more appealing I subbed dark chocolate chips for the raisins. 

Once we got to my in-law's place I quietly put the plate of cookies on the counter and didn't say anything.  I did notice that they were gobbled up fairly quickly though.  The next day I got a text from my mother-in-law begging for the recipe.  She couldn't believe it when I told her that there were bananas in it . . . she hates bananas!  Even months later when I mentioned it to my sister-in-law she couldn't believe it either.  "You're very tricky, Jeanine," she told me.

So here is the recipe slightly adapted from the one I grew up with.  I hope you enjoy!

Banana Oatmeal Cookies

3/4 cup coconut oil
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 cup mashed ripe bananas (2-3 bananas)
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 3/4 cups quick oats
1 cup chocolate chips

Mix ingredients together.  Place on a greased cookie sheet.  Bake at 375 for 10-12 minutes.

**Note: the original recipe calls for 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans and 1 cup raisins . . . and no chocolate chips.



  1. YUM! Looks delicious!! My sister is nuts about coconut oil right now. I'll have to try these and send this on to her.

  2. I made them the other day and left out the raisens so they were just oatmeal cookies. I also reduce the salt by half. My son loved them and then I told him they had bananas. He would never have tried them if he knew they were made with bananas before he ate one. Sometimes you just have to be a little tricky!

  3. I'm so glad I bought three bunches of bananas this week now. I can't wait to make these as soon as my bananas are ripe.

  4. They are in the oven now. Can't wait to taste them!