Ever since I made my easy peasy guilt-free banana oatmeal cookies over the holidays, I have been dying to make them again and add a new twist or two. I love recipes that you can tweak slightly and come up with something even better than the first time. It just so happens, I recently found myself looking for something sweet when I realized I had all the ingredients on hand to whip up a batch of these super easy, super tasty cookies.
R was traveling for work and I was left to my own devices. I didn’t want to make a huge batch, since I knew I’d probably eat them all in one sitting. You could definitely double the recipe to make more – especially if you have more self-control than I do. I was extremely proud of myself that I managed to save one cookie for R when he got home. But that took about all the willpower I could muster. I’m telling you – these cookies are insanely good and totally guilt-free.
It’s really such a simple recipe. If you have a slightly overripe banana laying around and some rolled oats you’re halfway there. I also dug around my cupboards to discover I had some dried cranberries and chocolate chunks too, and I just knew I had to throw them all in together.
I made sure to chop up all the ingredients a little bit. Just enough so they could all bond together but not too much that they didn’t lose their texture. I’m still pretty amazed by how well they hold together considering there isn’t a whole lot to them. I think there must be some sort of banana pixie that comes in during the baking process.
The chocolate was a perfect addition. It made the cookies even gooey-er, and let’s be honest, is there really anything better than melty chocolate? I rest my case. I ate them warm right out of the oven, one or two for breakfast, and one or two for lunch. That might have been a little excessive – but as I said, I was left to my own devices! Next time I make them I’ll probably go with an even bigger batch…which is amazing and dangerous all at the same time.
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Easy Peasy Cranberry Chocolate Banana Oat Cookies
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These look wonderful! What great ingredients to put together into a cookie 🙂
Thanks, Lisa! 🙂
Love love love. I’ve been saving a ripe banana just to make this!
So funny, I made these last weekend with just the chocolate chunks and Chris suggested I add Craisins next time! Love the almond idea too! Great minds think alike! 🙂
Yes! Great minds do think alike 🙂
Looks so amazing! I’ll be sure to try this.
Here is my lovely dessert post today: http://helloscarlettblog.com/2014/04/15/a-bloggers-dozen-susans-gingerbread-bunnies-yiah/. It’d be great to have your thoughts!
P.S. I'm now a follower. 🙂
Thanks for finding me, Emory! I’ll definitely have to check out your dessert as well!
I love all of this but the chocolate. I know, I know… I am terrible.
Who doesn’t love chocolate?! I actually wish I DIDN’T love chocolate…
hahah. Truthfully, I told my husband if they’d cover all the sweet sugary things that I love in chocolate…I’d have no sweet tooth problems.
I really have to start making cookies like these instead of the guilt-full ones I made just the other day. This looks like such a tasty recipe and great photos too!! Celeste 🙂
Thanks, Celeste! Let me know if you try them, I promise they don’t taste guilt-free. 🙂
These look just PERFECT! Cannot wait for my bananas to be overripe haha.
Thanks, Esther! Yes – always an exciting use for overripe bananas if they can last that long. 🙂
I made them a few days ago & they were just amazing & just stunning too! x
Terrific! Thanks so much for letting me know how they turned out. 🙂 They’re a favorite of mine – so easy! Thanks so much for stopping by!
You are welcome! 😀