Only a handful of simple ingredients, and healthy enough for no guilt to be attached, these Banana Oatmeal Cookies are the perfect snacks to have on hand! Gluten-free (be sure to check your oats), refined sugar-free, nut-free, dairy-free, and egg-free, these are a great little allergy-friendly cookie everyone will love. Get the kids involved in making them.
The Simplest Banana Oatmeal Cookies
It's moving week here (finally), so I prepared by making a LOT of food to keep the kiddies entertained while I am cleaning and moving boxes.
There is nothing worse than a hungry, grumpy child (except maybe a hungry, grumpy mummy)!
These banana oatmeal cookies call for just a handful of simple ingredients you will likely have on hand and 5 minutes prep...you are welcome!
Kids love them, and with the inclusion of whole and healthy ingredients, you really won't mind them indulging.
I will join in too thank you very much.
- dairy free
- nut free
- refined sugar free
- packed full of flavour
Plus you will most likely have all of the ingredients in your pantry - a huge BONUS!
What Do We Need For These Easy Cookies
These really are the easiest cookies around.
You are going to need:
- ripe bananas (the riper the better)
- rolled oats (if you are gluten-free be sure to check the ingredient labels)
- Medjool dates
- vanilla extract
- ground cinnamon
- Any optional add-ins
For optional add-ins the sky really is the limit.
I have tried these so many ways, and so far my favourite add-ins are a big scoop of peanut butter, fresh or dried blueberries, raisins, choc chips, coconut flakes or goji berries.
A Note On Ingredients
Remember to always check the labels of your ingredients, as there can be some hidden nasties, such as preservatives or refined sugar that don't need to be in there.
Go for whole rolled oats.
If you are aiming for a gluten-free cookie then be sure to check the ingredient labels, as not all oats are created equally.
Mejdool dates are best. These are the bigger, stickier dates (like these ones) and they will give your vegan brownies that great texture you want.
You will find them in little containers or big boxes in the fruit and veggie section of most supermarkets.
They can sometimes be in the cold section with the herbs etc.
If you can't find them you can always sub in some neglet or noor dates, although they will need to be soaked in warm water for 5 minutes and drained before being used or they will not be sticky enough.
You want vanilla extract and not vanilla flavoring or vanilla essence.
You just have to google what is in vanilla essence and you won't make that mistake ever again.
Need More Treats For Your Sweet Tooth?
Check these out:
- Chocolate Pecan Pomegranate Healthy Oatmeal Cookies
- Pecan Dark Choc Chunk Oatmeal Cookies
- Banana Coconut Cookies
- Peanut Butter Choc Chip Banana Oatmeal Muffins
- Hedgehog Slice from Kidgredients
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The Simplest Banana Oatmeal Cookies
- 3 ripe bananas the more ripe the better
- 1 ¾ cup rolled oats
- 10 pitted mejdool dates
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Any optional add ins
- Preheat oven to 350F
- Pop the bananas, dates, vanilla and cinnamon into a food processor and blend until smooth
- Use a spatula to dump the banana mixture into a medium bowl. Add in the oats and stir to combine (add any optional add-ins you want here)
- Scoop heaped tablespoons of the batter onto a silpat or lightly oiled baking sheet. You should get about 14 cookies
- Bake for about 14 minutes until they start to turn golden and become solid. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for about 10 minutes before indulging
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