Banana Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies: from “Plant-Strong: Discover the World’s Healthiest Diet”

I love bananas, I love oats, and I love peanut butter. So does Jane’s 13 year-old daughter, Crile, who ate seven of these in one sitting. Teenage approval. That says a lot about how good these cookies are.

By Lux Hippie Blog

  • Prep Time 10
  • Cook Time 15
  • Total Time 25
  • Serves 15

3 ripe bananas, mashed
1 tablespoon vanilla
¾ cup natural chunky peanut butter
3 tablespoons maple syrup
2 cups old fashioned oats
½ cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt (optional)
½ cup non-dairy chocolate chips or raisins

*to make gluten free eliminate whole wheat flour


Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Prepare a cookie sheet with parchment paper

Mix bananas, vanilla, peanut butter and maple syrup into a creamy consistency in a large bowl

In another bowl, combine oats, flour, baking powder and salt

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until they are well combined -the batter should be slightly sticky

Fold in the chocolate chips or raisins

Place rounded, heaping tablespoon-sized balls of the batter onto an ungreased baking sheet

Bake for 15-18 minutes

Gobble these up while they are still warm

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  • Samon

    I have vanilla extract. If I was to use, would I put the same amount (1 tablespoon) in or would I reduce the amount, since it calls for 1 tablespoon of JUST vanilla? Thank you

    • angelica

      I’ve not made these yet but I would assume they mean vanilla extract…that’s what I’ll be using…

  • Trailmomma

    I assume by “omitting” the wheat flour for gluten free, that means replace with a gf flour (like GF oat flour or chickpea flour)? or omit entirely?

  • Trailmomma

    I just made these last night! They are amazing and I made them gluten free by subbing with all purpose gf flour although next time I might try gf oat flour or even some garbanzo bean flour to up the nutrition!

  • Sydeena Isaacs

    These were probably the worst cookies I’ve ever eaten!

  • frankie boy

    why do use parchment paper when the recipe says “ungreased cookie sheet ?

    • Francisco Leyva

      because if you use an UNGREASED (no grease, butter, oil in cookie sheet) the cookie will stick, but if you use the parchment paper, they will not stick.

    • Heather N

      Correct….what Francisco said. If you’re looking to not have to buy parchment paper then you can always get a silpat. They are around $20-$25 and you just place them on your baking sheet and cook whatever you like and no spray or paper needed. Then you wash off and use again. :)

  • soca

    Ive tried them and loved them! I am a peanutbutter/banana fanatic!!
    Instead of using wheat flour, i just added another cup of oats.. works well, less cookie like, and more of an oat pattie.. great breakfast 😉

  • washbear

    Very nice! My kids love them! Thank you for posting!

  • Ashlee

    These are so easy! I’m going to teach my son how to make these : )

  • miri

    can i sub the peanut butter with almond butter? Also are they soft or can be crunchy? My hubby does not like soft cookies and i was wondering with 3 bananas they will be for sure soft.

    • Cathy

      I’ve used almond butter and it works fine. They are soft cookies, but if you flatten them and make them very thin, they come out less soft and almost crunchy, but not quite.

    • Danielle

      I use almond butter. The cookies aren’t hard but have a lot of texture from the oats.

  • miri

    It does takes time to get used to eat plant only food. At the beginning I tossed lots of food, but I believed that this diet was good for me so I kept going. After a while you will enjoy it , it’s all mental . You can change your thinking , but you need to be motivated and believe it! Now it’s easy and I enjoy so many recipes!

  • Kimberly Feffer

    I want to make these for my (plant-strong) son, Can I substitute applesauce for the bananas? & use cranberries?

    • disqus_jd6famZ0IA

      You probably could!

    • Jen

      You can definitely use cranberries and very likely use applesauce for the bananas.

  • Suzy Gussler

    I am having trouble with the chocolate chips. Can you recommend a brand?

    • Heather N

      Hi Suzy….I’m not sure about what the E2 Team’s recommendation is but Enjoy Life has been a good brand for me and my family. My omnivore kids even like them!! They have them in all of the grocery stores where I am as well as the health food stores. I hope that helps!

    • starlately

      Ghirardelli SemiSweet Chocolate Chips are accidentally vegan. I use those all the time. They’re cheaper than most vegan choc chips I can find. Trader Joe’s Semi Sweet Chips are also vegan.

    • Jen

      I think any semi-sweet chocolate chips are vegan, same with dark chocolate chips.

    • Danielle

      Enjoy Life brand is great! I have a soy allergy so finding chocolate that I can eat is tough bc most has soy lecithin in it. I love the Enjoy Life dark chocolate chips!

    • Sharon Herbitter

      If you are a member of Costco their Kirkland brand chocolate chips are accidentally vegan.

  • Quez

    Turned out wonderful. Love the plant strong cookie.

  • catdoc1

    My bananas must have been huge. Didn’t get close to a sticky batter until I’d added 5 cups of oats. Oh well, more cookies!

  • Pookiewood

    These are excellent. Thanks for the recipe. Of course I’m the only one who likes them in my house! Haha! Because I needed whole wheat flour for this recipe I also made while wheat chocolate chip cookies and whole wheat cornbread. The CC cookies were ok but the cornbread was kind of life changing! Very delicious and I’ll never go back to white flour for it.

    Back on topic of these wonderful cookies I’ll be making them again. A good way to change up my usual one cookie a day rule at the sandwich shows I visit. I think I can have five of these for my one!

  • kim

    This cookies were AMAZING and so easy to make! Great healthy entertainment for a busy college student like myself.

  • MW

    Loved these cookies! Just starting a plant based lifestyle and these will be my salvation! Very moist and reminds me of baked oatmeal. I added raisins instead of chocolate chips!

    • Jen

      So good you started a plant-strong lifestyle! Always remember if you google “vegan cookie recipes” you’ll find even more recipes.

  • Kathleen Liskey Acosta

    Love these cookies! I eat them regularly.

  • Zoe

    can you substitute honey for the maple syrup?

    • disqus_jd6famZ0IA

      Agave works well too!

    • Jen

      You can use any sweetener. Molasses has a strong flavor, and can be used in place of maple syrup.

  • Carolyn Atkins Emre

    I used almond flour instead of whole wheat flour and added coconut. Delicious!!

  • AJ

    I didn’t have chocolate chips so I added a 1/2 cup of cocoa powder. i may keep that as a regular ingredient!

  • MJB

    you could use hazelnut or almond meal instead of the whole wheat flour

  • Nate justice

    Best cookies ever and the ingredient list is amazing!! I make a double batch at least once every two months.

  • bc

    54 years old and 3 weeks into plant based diet i feel amazing…….

  • TheGreatestManWhoEverLived

    I’d love to make these for my kids, but my youngest son has a peanut and treenut allergy. Could I possibly replace the PB with Sun Butter?

  • Medge L Carter

    Will the cookies still hold together if I substitute PB2 for the peanut butter? Thanks!

  • Kullerbytta

    By “vanilla” do you mean vanilla extract? As vanilla is just the name of the orchid, I’m confused about whether to use extract, powder or whatever. And could you estimate how many cups (or deciliters, a foreigner can dream about yanks using the metric units 😉 ) of mashed banana I need? I mean, bananas come in varying sizes, my are probably counted as small as organic ones often are…

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