Banana Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies

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
From “Plant-Strong: Discover the World’s Healthiest Diet

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

  • Samon
    Posted at 09:33h, 25 September

    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
      Posted at 11:17h, 11 July

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

  • Trailmomma
    Posted at 16:46h, 02 October

    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
    Posted at 13:50h, 09 October

    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
    Posted at 19:27h, 17 October

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

  • frankie boy
    Posted at 15:20h, 14 November

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

    • Francisco Leyva
      Posted at 14:47h, 24 November

      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
      Posted at 18:56h, 28 December

      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
    Posted at 10:41h, 29 November

    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
    Posted at 16:47h, 07 December

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

  • Ashlee
    Posted at 09:25h, 11 December

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

  • miri
    Posted at 13:35h, 11 December

    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
      Posted at 15:58h, 11 December

      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
      Posted at 22:47h, 06 April

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

  • miri
    Posted at 13:09h, 12 December

    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
    Posted at 12:13h, 21 December

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

    • disqus_jd6famZ0IA
      Posted at 02:45h, 28 January

      You probably could!

    • Jen
      Posted at 09:40h, 27 March

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

  • Suzy Gussler
    Posted at 07:43h, 23 December

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

    • Heather N
      Posted at 18:54h, 28 December

      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
      Posted at 21:32h, 14 January

      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
      Posted at 09:39h, 27 March

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

    • Danielle
      Posted at 22:49h, 06 April

      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
      Posted at 17:02h, 14 October

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

  • Quez
    Posted at 08:39h, 25 December

    Turned out wonderful. Love the plant strong cookie.

  • catdoc1
    Posted at 10:33h, 25 December

    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
    Posted at 12:35h, 26 December

    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
    Posted at 14:28h, 09 January

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

  • MW
    Posted at 13:47h, 11 January

    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
      Posted at 09:43h, 27 March

      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
    Posted at 22:14h, 16 January

    Love these cookies! I eat them regularly.

  • Zoe
    Posted at 17:16h, 27 January

    can you substitute honey for the maple syrup?

    • disqus_jd6famZ0IA
      Posted at 02:43h, 28 January

      Agave works well too!

    • Jen
      Posted at 09:38h, 27 March

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

  • Carolyn Atkins Emre
    Posted at 16:34h, 08 February

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

  • AJ
    Posted at 15:44h, 09 February

    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
    Posted at 02:09h, 06 September

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

  • Nate justice
    Posted at 17:05h, 19 September

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

  • bc
    Posted at 11:49h, 14 October

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

  • TheGreatestManWhoEverLived
    Posted at 21:00h, 21 October

    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
    Posted at 12:06h, 15 December

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

  • Kullerbytta
    Posted at 01:41h, 21 January

    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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