Banana Oatmeal Cookies

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Banana oatmeal cookies are soft, chewy and full of banana flavor. A family favorite!

We love using bananas in our recipes like banana pudding dip, banana donut holes , and these cookies.

Cookies stacked on a plate

At our house we either seem to never have enough bananas or way too many. The go in waves where they will eat several a day or none at all.

If I find myself having brown bananas that no one wants to eat, these cookies are the first thing I make.

Don’t get me wrong, I love ripe bananas for banana muffins , cake mix banana bread and fried bananas, but these cookies are irresistible. They are soft and chewy, taste like banana bread and easy to make. 

What you need

Bananas – Use ripe bananas if you have them. The more ripe they are, the sweeter the taste. This recipe call for 3. 

Old fashioned oats – I like using old fashioned oats but you can substitute with quick oats. The difference between them is the way they are cut. Old fashioned oats will give a chewier texture which I prefer in these cookies. 

Other standard cookie ingredients – all-purpose flour, sugar, brown sugar, egg, baking soda and cinnamon. 

How to make

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  1. Mix – Cream together brown sugar, sugar and softened butter until well combined. Add egg and vanilla and mix.
  2. Mash – Mash bananas and add them into sugar mixture. Use a fork or masher to get the right consistency. 
  3. Dry ingredients – Whisk together flour, baking powder and cinnamon in a separate bowl. Add in with sugar mixture and mix until combined.
  4. Oats – Stir in old fashioned oats. 
  5. Bake – Drop batter on prepared sheet pan about 1-inch apart. Bake for approximately 10 minutes.
  6. Cool – Cool on a wire rack and serve.

Steps to making cookies

Tips for a great cookie

  • Make sure to use softened butter. 
  • Use a small ice cream scoop for even sized cookies. 
  • Be sure not to over bake. You want the edges to just start turning light golden brown then they are ready to come out of the oven.


Try adding in other ingredients to make different versions of this banana oatmeal cookie.

  • Chocolate chips
  • Butterscotch chips
  • Raisins
  • Pecans or walnuts

How to soften butter

I try to place butter out an hour before baking but sometimes I just forget.

Some tips for softening quickly:

  • Cut the butter into smaller cubes. This helps soften faster.  
  • Grate it with a cheese grater. The smaller pieces help it soften. 
  • Soften for a few seconds in the microwave. This would be my last choice because it can melt completely but in a pinch it works. 

How to store 

They will stay good for 4-5 days if kept in an airtight container at room temperature. They do not need to be refrigerated. 

To freeze, let completely cool and place in a freezer safe bag for up to 3-4 months. Thaw at room temperature. 

To freeze dough, put scoops of dough on a cookie sheet and freeze solid. Place the frozen scoops in freezer safe container and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw dough before baking. 

Hand holding cookie

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cookies stacked on plate
4.84 from 12 votes

Banana Oatmeal Cookies

By Heather
Chewy, delicious banana oatmeal cookies.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 18 minutes
Servings: 24


  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup mashed bananas about 3
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 cups old fashioned oats


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • Using an electric mixer, cream together butter, brown sugar and sugar.
  • Mix in egg, vanilla and mashed bananas.
  • Mix in flour, baking soda and cinnamon until combined. Stir in oats.
  • Place spoonfull of mixture on cookie sheet about 1 inch apart. Bake for approximately 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool on wire rack.



Calories: 180kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 102mg | Potassium: 95mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 193IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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  1. 3 stars
    Ok, so all of the comments just said they “looked” delicious? I actually made them tonight. The recipe will need to be altered a bit to be a true cookie. If you are looking for banana bread in the shape of a cookie, then this recipe is for you. They are great for same day serving but not for a bake sale.
    I’m scrambling my brain to try to figure out how to keep it soft and chewy, but still stuff like a cookie.
    Very glad I gave it a try. I needed to get rid of these old bananas.
    Please do not mistake my critique, they are delicious, but they have less structure than a muffin top and therefore cannot be labeled a cookie. More of a baked banana fritter. Which is definitely healthier!

  2. 5 stars
    Banana oatmeal cookies looks delicious kids will love it have some ripe banana in my hand I am going to try it.

  3. A cookie that tastes like banana bread? I’m in. This will probably become one of our family favorites.

  4. These banana oatmeal cookies sound really delicious to me. I bet my kids would love them!