Healthy Vegan Banana Oat Cookies Recipe

Eating healthy couldn’t be easier with these vegan banana oat cookies. Scroll down for the recipe!

I love cookies but cookies don’t love me. That’s because most cookie recipes include gluten, dairy and eggs: all things that I’m very sensitive to. And I’m not the only one. These are three of the most common allergens and food sensitives in the world, along with soy, nuts and shellfish.

The other problem is most sweet treats are loaded with sugar. Look, I get it. When someone wants a sweet treat, they want it to be sweet. But there are many ways that you can naturally sweeten cakes and cookies without the need for added sugar. Bananas, dates and raisins are good examples of fruits that are naturally sweet and taste delicious.

That’s why I love this recipe. It’s very low in sugar but it tastes delicious. If you’re trying to cut back on sugar or you’re looking for a healthier treat for the kids or the whole family, then you’ll like this one. Here’s my 4-ingredient healthy vegan banana oat cookies recipe. Enjoy!

Vegan Banana Oat Cookies Recipe

A tub of rolled oats, 2 yellow bananas, a jar of ground cinnamon, a small pot of vanilla extract and a pink ribbed mixing bowl

  • 2 bananas (preferably ripe for added sweetness. If you have IBS, you can try using less ripe bananas, but they won’t be as sweet. Personally, I find I can tolerate bananas. But experiment with it to find your threshold)
  • 1 cup of oats
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Related: Plant Based, Low Fodmap Porridge Recipe

Step 1 – Preheat Oven & Prepare Baking Tray

Firstly, preheat the oven to 200°C and line a baking tray with paper or use a silicone baking sheet.

Step 2 – Put Everything In A Bowl

Mash up the bananas with a fork. My bananas weren’t as ripe as I hoped they would be, so I used a stainless steel masher instead. This works really well, so use that if you have one. Then add the oats, cinnamon and vanilla extract. If you want, you can add other spices and ingredients. Here are some ideas:

  • Chocolate chips
  • Coconut shavings
  • Chopped nuts
  • Ginger
  • Nutmeg
  • Raisins or dates

A mixing bowl which contains the oats, mashed banana, cinnamon and vanilla extract

Step 3 – Spoon The Mixture Onto The Baking Tray

Once all of the ingredients are mixed together thoroughly, you can take spoonful’s of the mixture and place it neatly on the baking tray. You don’t have to be careful to leave much space between the cookies because they won’t spread out. For me, this mixture makes 8 average-sized cookies.

8 circle-shaped cookies on greaseproof paper

Step 4 – Bake!

These cookies can be baked for 12 – 15 minutes or until they are golden brown. Personally, I let mine cook for 13 minutes and find them to be perfect. These cookies won’t be crunchy like the ones you buy from the shop, but I don’t have a problem with that. I’ve always preferred softer and more gooey cookies.

Step 5 – Let Cool & Enjoy

Once your cookies are cooked, take them out the oven and let them cool for several minutes. Once they’ve cooled slightly, transfer them to a plate or bowl. I enjoy eating them warm, while they are still gooey, but feel free to let them get cool before you eat them.

8 banana oat cookies on a cream patterned plate on top of a white crochet blanket which is placed on a round grey table. Next to the cookies is a fake green and red plant

What Do They Taste Like?

These cookies taste mostly like banana (duh!) but the cinnamon does come through. They are slightly sweet, but not overwhelmingly so. If you like added sweetness, then adding in some raisins or chocolate chips would work well. You could also drizzle on a little bit of maple syrup if you like. I try to limit the amount of sugar I’m eating, so these are perfect for my diet at the moment. Next time I make these I plan to add a little bit of ginger or nutmeg, just for that extra kick of flavour.

How Do I Store Them?

You can store them in a container at room temperature if you plan on eating them all over the next day or two. If not, I would recommend putting them in the fridge so they stay fresh. If you prefer eating them warm, you can put them in the microwave for a few seconds. They’re a really quick and healthy snack idea!

I hope you enjoy making these healthy banana oat cookies! Let me know in the comments if you’ve made them and what you thought!

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