Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

These cookies are my holy grail of desserts rolled in one.

The flavor of banana bread, the chewy texture of oatmeal cookies, and the soft and gooey factor of chocolate chip cookies.

Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies - Only 1/4 cup butter used! Like oatmeal cookies but with banana to keep them healthier! So soft, chewy, and you'll never miss the butter!!

They’re soft, chewy, moist, and not at all cakey which can be a problem when baking with bananas. Cookies taste like little banana cakes instead of cookies are not my idea of cookies, and thankfully these are all cookie, zero cake.

There’s only 1/4 cup of butter used and lots of whole-grain oats, so if cookies can be on the healthier side, these are it. Or at least that’s what I’ve been telling myself. If you’re looking for supremely healthy cookies without flour, gluten, sugar, eggs, butter, and that still taste amazing, check out Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Miracle Cookies.

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Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies - Only 1/4 cup butter used! Like oatmeal cookies but with banana to keep them healthier! So soft, chewy, and you'll never miss the butter!!

These cookies are adapted from my favorite oatmeal cookies, The Best Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies. I reduced the butter, added bananas, and increased the flour. Bananas contain so much moisture that more flour is needed to absorb it.

The dough is soft, loose, moist, and must be chilled before baking or the cookies will spread into thin, flat pancakes. Because bananas have differing levels of moisture and no two are exactly alike, baking times could range. Don’t get too hung up on what the clock says and bake until your cookies are done.

Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies - Only 1/4 cup butter used! Like oatmeal cookies but with banana to keep them healthier! So soft, chewy, and you'll never miss the butter!!

You’re going to love the bold banana flavor, the chewy oats that add so much texture, and plenty of chocolate that melts in your mouth in every bite.

Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies - Only 1/4 cup butter used! Like oatmeal cookies but with banana to keep them healthier! So soft, chewy, and you'll never miss the butter!!

Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

The cookies have the flavor of banana bread, the chewy texture of oatmeal cookies, and the soft and gooey factor of chocolate chip cookies. They’re soft, chewy, moist, and not at all cakey. There’s only 1/4 cup of butter used and lots of whole-grain oats, so if cookies can be on the healthier side, these are it. The dough is soft, loose, moist, and must be chilled before baking or the cookies will spread into thin, flat pancakes. Because bananas have differing levels of moisture and no two are exactly alike, baking times could range. Don’t get too hung up on what the clock says and bake until your cookies are done. You’re going to love the bold banana flavor, the chewy oats that add so much texture, and plenty of chocolate that melts in your mouth in every bite.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large egg
  • 2 small/medium or 1 extra-large ripe bananas (about 1/2 heaping cup mashed banana)
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened (1/2 of 1 stick)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned whole rolled oats (not instant or quick-cook because they act more like flour and aren’t suitable here)
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon cinnamon, added to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1 1/4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. To the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or large mixing bowl and electric mixer) combine the egg, bananas (I leave them whole and don’t pre-mash them before adding to bowl), sugars, butter, vanilla, and beat on medium-high speed until well combined, about 4 minutes. The mixture won’t be smooth, fluffy, or ‘creamed’ like traditional cookie dough and will have small chunks of bananas present and it’s on the runnier side.
  2. Stop, scrape down the sides of the bowl, and add the oats, flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, and beat on low speed until just combined, about 1 minute.
  3. Stop, scrape down the sides of the bowl, and add the chocolate chips, and beat on low speed until just combined, about 30 seconds.
  4. Using a large cookie scoop, 1/4-cup measure, or your hands, form approximately 14 equal-sized mounds of dough. Tip – Strategically place a few chocolate chips on top of each mound of dough by taking chips from the underside and adding them on top.
  5. Place mounds on a large plate or tray, cover with plasticwrap, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, up to 5 days. This is a wetter, looser dough and isn’t suitable for baking until it’s been chilled. Do not bake with unchilled dough because cookies will bake thinner, flatter, and be more prone to spreading.
  6. Preheat oven to 350F, line a baking sheet with a Silpat or spray with cooking spray. Place dough mounds on baking sheet, spaced at least 2 inches apart (I bake 8 cookies per sheet) and bake for about 13 minutes (for very soft cookies, longer for more well-done cookies), or until edges have set and tops are just set, even if slightly undercooked, pale, and glossy in the center; don’t overbake. Cookies firm up as they cool. Baking times could range widely due to the moisture content variances in bananas, climate and oven variances; bake until your cookies are done. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for about 10 minutes before serving. I let them cool on the baking sheet and don’t use a rack.
  7. Cookies will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 6 months. Alternatively, unbaked cookie dough can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, or in the freezer for up to 4 months, so consider baking only as many cookies as desired and save the remaining dough to be baked in the future when desired.

Adapted from The Best Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

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