Easy Peasy Guilt-Free Banana Oatmeal Cookies

Happy New Year everyone! Wow. How did the holiday break go so quickly? Heading back into the office this morning is going to be a rude awakening. Between a week back in the freezing temps of Wisconsin and an overly spirit-filled New Year’s Eve celebration, I’m in need of a detox, a bunch of trips to the gym and more sleep. Luckily it’s a short week! I hope you all had wonderful holidays, I was lucky enough to be able to spend time with my family, catch up with friends, and enjoy delicious meals. I was so excited to do some cooking in my parents’ giant kitchen – it was quite a change from the cramped space I’m used to. And during the trip I took a shot at these super easy, guilt-free cookies.

IMG_3184I largely stayed away from the sweets (other than these) during the festivities, since I hadn’t planned on making my own and no one else in my family is vegan. So after watching everyone else with sweets I decided to throw these cookies together with some old bananas my mom had laying around. I forget which blog I was reading a while back when I first heard of cookies like these, but I remembered there being basically two ingredients – so I thought I’d try my hand at these.ย They were so easy – and so good! – that I think they’re going to be making regular appearances in my kitchen this year.

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What you’ll need:

  • 2 very ripe (or older) bananas
  • 1 cup of rolled oats (I slightly chopped mine)
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Start by slightly chopping the oats so the cookies will hold together easier. Chop the walnuts into small pieces as well.

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Combine all the ingredients in a bowl, using a fork or potato masher to mix everything together. If the batter seems too dry, add some more banana, or if it’s too wet, add some more oatmeal.

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Form the mixture into balls and place on a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 15 or so minutes. And that’s it!

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I would have loved to add some chocolate chips too, but we didn’t have any laying around. And this way they were really guilt-free (even when having one before breakfast). They were surprisingly sweet without any sugar and very flavorful. You could add raisins, craisins, chocolate chips, or other nuts. These are a really versatile base to work with and the only problem with them is that they didn’t last very long – we had them all eaten in record time.ย 

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I hope you all had wonderful holidays and you were able to spend time with family and friends. Back to the grind we go!

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6 responses to “Easy Peasy Guilt-Free Banana Oatmeal Cookies

  1. I’m sugar-free this month, but these cookies would be allowed! I’m definitely making a batch for when I need something sweet!

  2. Nicccccce ๐Ÿ™‚
    We are sugar-free for a year ๐Ÿ™‚ it’s our new resolution! And we (coincidently) made these cookies just now, before reading your blog (but we also added carob mmm… and shreded coconut instead of walnut) – that tastes delicious!!! Totaly guilt-free ๐Ÿ™‚
    We will try the walnut version next time ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Thanks for sharing!
    Cheers,
    S&H

    • What an amazing resolution! You have way more willpower than I do! The coconut sounds amazing – I’ll have to try it that way. How funny you just made them too – I guess great minds think alike. ๐Ÿ™‚

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