Recipe: Banana Oat Cookies (with goodies!)

One of my very first recipes I ever posted was a recipe for oatmeal raisin cookies. I had been making them almost nightly for my housemates (this was my last semester at Cornell in December 2007)and they were disappearing as quickly as I could cook them. I called them Oatmeal Raisin Applesauce Cookies; that was one of the first times I “healthified” a recipe.


This weekend I spent time in New Jersey visiting my family. My sister is an avid baker and she wanted to make oatmeal cookies on Saturday, so of course I recommended my recipe. We were out of applesauce and I don’t believe in margarine anymore so I told her how to change it around. They came out so well that I want to repost it here.

Banana Oat Cookies With Treats

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  • 3/4 cup flour (whole wheat or white)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves or other spice (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 1/3 cup sugar (could probably even use less)
  • 1 egg white
  • 1.5 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1.5 cups oats (quick cooking)
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup crushed walnuts
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 375F. Soak raisins in hot water for 10 minutes while you prep the dough; drain.
  2. Mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices together. Set aside.
  3. Mix the mashed banana, oil, sugar, egg white, and vanilla together.
  4. Stir in the flour mixture, then add the oats and goodies (drained raisins, walnuts, chocolate chips).
  5. Use a tablespoon to drop the cookies on a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 12-14 minutes.
  6. Enjoy!
  7. Note: to make these vegan, you could probably just omit the egg white.

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We had ours with homemade almond milk (recipe to come – I have to get it from Julia).

I brought back a bunch with me to New York because Bobby adores these. Oatmeal raisin is his favorite kind of cookie.

I’ve asked this before, but I’ll ask it again… what’s your favorite cookie? Mine was sugar cookie/snickerdoodle growing up, then it changed to chocolate chip and chocolate-chocolate chip, and now I think it’s oatmeal raisin. Or just oatmeal.

26 Comments on Recipe: Banana Oat Cookies (with goodies!)

  1. Biz
    3 January, 2010 at 6:57 pm (7 years ago)

    Happy New Year Maggie! Just catching up on my blog reading 😀

    I’d have to say good old fashioned peanut butter cookies!

  2. Kim
    3 January, 2010 at 7:24 pm (7 years ago)

    Yum! I love any variation of oatmeal cookies, and these look delicious! I’ll have to try it next time I bake 🙂

  3. Jenny
    3 January, 2010 at 7:24 pm (7 years ago)

    these sound heavenly!

  4. Christina
    3 January, 2010 at 7:29 pm (7 years ago)

    Mmm these look delicious! I love homemade cookies so much more than store-bought ones! They don’t even compare. Honestly, I can’t think of which is my favorite! I think maybe a traditional chocolate chip with walnuts, or oatmeal raisin. I like them to have some texture and crunchies in there, so usually sugar cookies don’t dothat for me!

  5. Dori
    3 January, 2010 at 7:34 pm (7 years ago)

    The cookies sound great, I want to taste them! I love banana anything. My favorite cookie is chocolate chip — such a perfect classic!

  6. Danielle (Coffee Run)
    3 January, 2010 at 8:12 pm (7 years ago)

    The cookies look delicious 🙂
    My favorite would have to be anything with oats (so I guess this is right up my alley!)

  7. Marina
    3 January, 2010 at 8:49 pm (7 years ago)

    I’m not even a big banana person but I bet I would love those cookies! They look really good!

  8. Brittany
    3 January, 2010 at 9:52 pm (7 years ago)

    These cookies look delish Maggie! I’ve heard about using bananas in baked goods as a replacement for some of the oil or butter. It’s good to know that it works.

    Cinnamon Oatmeal Raisin cookies are my favorite.

  9. Amber
    3 January, 2010 at 10:26 pm (7 years ago)

    umm I want a cookie now!

  10. Diana
    3 January, 2010 at 11:12 pm (7 years ago)

    I think my fave cookie is oatmeal chocolate chip. The cookies you made here look really tasty, though! 🙂

  11. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)
    3 January, 2010 at 11:50 pm (7 years ago)

    If oatmeal raisin is done right, or just oatmeal!, it’s heaven on earth. Most times people dry them out, same with choc chip. GF and VEgan notwithstanding. I can make both to turn out like I like them, so it’s all good 🙂 I have posted raw vegan 5 min oatmeal raisin cookies before and they are soo easy and good. I truly love Oatmeal anything cookies!

    And I gave you a shoutout today, too 🙂

  12. Jill
    4 January, 2010 at 12:10 am (7 years ago)


  13. c
    4 January, 2010 at 1:26 am (7 years ago)

    oatmeal chocolate chip!

  14. The Dainty Pig
    4 January, 2010 at 5:54 am (7 years ago)

    mmmmm! those cookies look delicious 😀
    Happy New Year!

  15. Lindsey @ Eat, Read, Run
    4 January, 2010 at 11:30 am (7 years ago)

    I am most certainly making these! They sound soo good. My husband doesn’t like raisins in anything, so I will make these just for myself. 😉 Thanks for the great recipe. My favorite kind of cookie is probably sugar cookies though. So bad.

  16. Whitney @ Lettuce Love
    4 January, 2010 at 1:12 pm (7 years ago)

    I love oatmeal cookies at the moment. I used to hate them when I was a kid — they were too “healthy.” I love adding a ton of raisins 🙂

  17. Casey @ SpicyandSweet
    4 January, 2010 at 1:56 pm (7 years ago)

    Mmm those look SO good! I’m going to try them even though my baking experiments usually don’t turn out so great :).

  18. Kansas Amy
    4 January, 2010 at 3:53 pm (7 years ago)

    I made your cookies last night and shared them with some friends today. Thank you for sharing the recipe!

  19. Bekah
    4 January, 2010 at 4:57 pm (7 years ago)

    These look dammmn good. Seriously. Love the ingredients too. 🙂 I can see why you make them a lot!

  20. Cindy
    4 January, 2010 at 6:59 pm (7 years ago)

    I don’t eat much in the way of cookies anymore but I love a good iced sugar, a toll house and oatmeal raisin was also top of the list.

    I need to bake a batch now!

    and with home made almond milk? OH MY

  21. Lynn (The Actors Diet)
    4 January, 2010 at 8:28 pm (7 years ago)

    those look great! i do love cookies, all of them. but can you ever go wrong with straight up chocolate chip?!

  22. Kimberly
    4 January, 2010 at 9:08 pm (7 years ago)

    Just yesterday, I baked some chocolate hershey kisses cookies for my friend’s birthday. I love to bake molasses cookies too.

  23. Veggiesmack
    4 January, 2010 at 9:52 pm (7 years ago)

    Wow. Those look really good!

  24. Julia (Clean and Kind)
    6 January, 2010 at 12:49 pm (7 years ago)

    Wow I just found your blog and I love it! I love this recipe too. My sister and I always “healthify” baking recipes with applesauce, bananas, flaxseed etc. I’m vegan and this recipe is such an easy one to modify without risking complete failure (which believe me, happened a lot during baking experimentations over the holidays).

  25. Julia (Clean and Kind)
    6 January, 2010 at 12:49 pm (7 years ago)

    oh and I forgot to mention–my favorite cookie is oatmeal choco chip!