Easy Peasy Cranberry Chocolate Banana Oat Cookies

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

  • Servings: 8 cookies
  • Difficulty: super easy
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What You’ll Need: 

  • 1 overripe banana
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 2 tablespoons dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup shaved or slivered almonds
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate chunks
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cut down the oats, chocolate chunks, and cranberries until they’re smaller and easier to bind.
  2. Mash the banana in a large bowl with a potato masher. Add the rest of the ingredients and continue mashing and stirring until everything is well mixed and incorporated together.
  3. Shape the dough into cookie-sized balls and place on either a greased cookie sheet or one covered with parchment paper. (I used parchment paper)
  4. Place in the oven and bake for 15 minutes, or until cookies are bound together and the chocolate is melty. Another good rule of thumb on the baking time is when they’ve filled your apartment with a delicious smell, they’re about done.
  5. Let cool a bit – if you can wait long enough! And enjoy!

 

 

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17 responses to “Easy Peasy Cranberry Chocolate Banana Oat Cookies

  1. 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! 🙂

  2. 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 🙂

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