Apr 1, 2011

Chewy Low Fat Banana Nut Oatmeal Cookies



Move over chocolate chip cookies, I just found my favorite new cookie! The flavors of banana nut bread in a scrumptious oatmeal cookie. Experience a wonderful array of textures and flavors in every bite; nutty, chewy, salty, sweet.

After making my Low Fat Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies last week someone commented that they liked using mashed bananas in place of applesauce and that sparked an idea. If I could take everything I love about banana nut bread and make them into a cookie, how amazing will that be? Well I can tell you... AMAZING!

As noted on my Low Fat Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies recipe, it's crucial not to over-bake these if you want them chewy. The banana puree makes them moist and if overcooked they will become dry so if you're not sure if your oven runs hot it's probably best to take them out a minute earlier. Ripe bananas are a must!

A Warning To All: Only make these if you have people to help you eat them, they are highly addictive! Once again, serving size is two cookies, you'll thank me for that. Have a great weekend everyone!





Chewy Low Fat Banana Nut Oatmeal Cookies
Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings: 15 • Serving Size: 2 cookies • Old Points: 4 pts • Points+: 5 pts
Calories: 176 • Fat: 7 g • Protein: 3.5 g • Carb: 28 g • Fiber: 1.6 g Sugar: 14 g

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup unpacked brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup mashed ripe banana
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups quick oats
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°; line two baking sheets with parchment paper or use a silpat.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.

In a large bowl, with a mixer, cream together the butter and the sugars on medium speed.  

Add the egg, followed by the mashed banana and vanilla extract.

Working by hand, stir in the flour mixture and the oats until just combined and no streaks of flour remain; stir in the chopped walnuts.

Drop heaping tablespoonfuls of the dough onto prepared baking sheets. Bake for about 10-12 minutes, or until cookies become light brown at the edges.

Let cool on baking sheet for 3 or 4 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Store in an airtight container so you don't eat them all in one sitting!

Makes about 30 cookies.

163 comments :

  1. A girl after my own heart... AND if I think it ok to eat a banana muffin for breakfast, same goes for banana cookies right?!?!

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  2. Hi Gina, wow....I'll be putting this recipe in the "try soon" file!!! Thanks as always, have a great weekend.

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  3. bananas, oatmeal . . . so I can eat these for breakfast???!!!

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  4. you can knock the points even lower with using Splenda, Low calorie Brown sugar and Egg beaters.
    thanks Gina
    will be making some of these

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  5. OMG the oatmeal chocolate chip cookies last week were unbelievable! my boyfriend was bringing them into work all week...i love banana nut so i am super super excited to try these next!

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  6. These are great cookies. I made the Martha Stewart version and calcualted them to be 3+ points each. They added chocolate chunks (I substituted chips) and it was great. Thanks for making this recipe more WW friendly.

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  7. Gina,
    I just wanted to thank you for this site. I cook from it every single week. It is wonderful! I recommend it to everyone, from family to facebook friends, or to anyone that talks about being on weight watchers or trying to eat better in general. Can't wait to try these :)

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  8. These look awesome! I always have ripened bananas ready to go in the freezer. Might be defrosting some tonight!

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  9. These look crazy delicious!! Sharing these now! :)

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  10. I love bananas and hate raisins in oatmeal cookies so these sound like winners.

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  11. Yummy,
    I have such a sweet tooth.
    This is fabulous.
    Stop over today , it's the last day of a Million dollar giveaway.

    yvonne

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  12. I'm curious. You said that we can subsitute Splenda, but the amounts you gave are 1/4 cup, when the Splenda pkg says to use equal amounts of sugar to Splenda. If I go by that, then I should be using a 1/2 c. Splenda brown sugar blend and a 1/2 c. Splenda white sugar. Right?

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  13. Wow I just made cookies last week with almost the same recipe! They were called "banana bread cookies" and had raisins in the recipe instead of nuts but I'm definitely gonna try your recipe Gina! Sounds good with the nuts and you are right about them being addictive, when I made the banana bread cookies last weekend I was with 2 friends and we finished all the cookies! They are soooo good and highly addictive

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  14. I just made these today, except I did a bit of a combo between these cookies and the chocolate chip cookies from last week. I didn't have applesauce, so I used 1 extra ripe banana, but I love chocolate so I did mini choc chips instead of nuts. They turned out great!

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  15. Oh, yes! I'm going to make these immediately. Well, I have to put my bananas in a brown bag to get them to ripen a little more. So I'll make them soon.

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  16. I have a freezer full of over ripe bananas that I need to use up. I think I will give these a try!

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  17. I just made these! They're delicious!

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  18. Okay so I'm making these now...and if they taste as good as the batter then these are gunna be soooooo yummy! :) I had a question...I substituted mini chocolate chips 1/2 c instead of the nuts (3/4 c), used whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose, used yogurt butter instead of butter and used splenda brown sugar (1/4 instead of 1/2 c since that what it would call for) and kept the white sugar as white sugar. Does using no nuts and whole wheat flour cut any points?

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  19. These look wonderful. Will try them for certain. Thanks.

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  20. wait and I used egg beaters instead of the egg too

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  21. I tried to make these and how come mine look like round balls rather than with texture? I followed your instructions :( What did I do wrong?

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  22. These look fantastic!

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  23. If these are anything like the cookies from last week... I truly have to have a party or something before I make them-- they can't be hanging around the house. I ate 7 of those cookies the other day!! I just couldn't stop!

    Thank you for all of your delicious recipes, Gina!

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  24. Holy Wow these sound and looks amazing. My wife will love these.

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  25. I'm not really good in baking but this one seems easy. Thanks for sharing.

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  26. If you use chocolate chips in place of nuts, the poiunts remain the same.

    I don't use splenda, but researched on their website and it says to use half the amount of baking blend than you would use for sugar. When I checked the points, they stayed the same with Splenda. If I'm wrong about this let me know. I prefer using sugar, I wouldn't feed my kids artificial sweeteners and splenda gives me migraines.

    And yes, I think these would be a wonderful breakfast cookie!!! I ate some for breakfast
    myself actually!!

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    1. What?!?! ummm... yep, I may be making these with chocolate chips! :o)

      I think I have all the ingredients too... hehehe

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  27. Martha- did you add the oatmeal? The oats are what give them the texture. Make sure you don't use instant oats.

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  28. Ooo definitely a smart idea to use the banana in these. I might even sneak in some cinnamon chips :-)

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  29. Hi Gina,
    My family isn't a fan of nuts, if we subtract the nuts would the points value be the same?
    Thanks so much!
    P.S. Love your recipes, they are keeping me on track with Weight Watchers! :)

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  30. Made them and they were awesome. Thanks so much. They will be a regular in our home.

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  31. I used the oats in the Quaker canister and used the exact measurements of all ingredients

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  32. I just made these and they are scrumpcious. DH loves them. Think I will make them with choc. chips next time too.

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  33. OMGoodness... I just took my first batch of these out of the oven. They are devine! I omitted the nuts. I will be making these alot! Next time I may add a handful of mini chocolate chips. Thanks again for this recipe!

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  34. These are the most delicious cookies! The only other ones that compare are the chocolate chip oatmeal ones you posted last week. Both big hits at my house! I can not believe that they are low fat. Thank you so much for all of your recipes. I love to cook and when I diet I always miss making yummy things. You've changed that and made cooking fun again!

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  35. The points would be less without the nuts, but you'll have to calculate to see what you get.

    Martha, not sure why yours didn't look like oats, especially since that is the main ingredient.

    I'm so happy you all like them!

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  36. They are just delicious,you are right!I replace the nuts to peanuts, because I didn't have at the time..
    Thank you for all the delicious recipes, Gina! ;)

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  37. I made these today and I fell in love! They are so, so good! Thank you for an excellent recipe once again, Miss Gina! <3

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  38. OMGosh these are so good! I too replaced the nuts with dark chocolate chips. DELISH!! Gina~ I can't tell you how much easier you have made cooking healthy be. I also love how you strive to cook with natural ingredients too- ahhhhh- I so appreciate you!!!!

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  39. These look delicious. I love the addition of the banana.

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  40. Oh yum!!! I have some banana nut oatmeal that I just love! These look delightful. I love the addition of the banana. Oatmeal cookies are my favorite. AND I have a ton of bananas in the freezer that I have to use up before we move in a couple weeks. Thanks for the recipe!

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  41. I made these yesterday and LOVE them! You are so right about eating them all in one sitting! I used raisins instead of nuts because that's what I had on hand and oh! Yum!

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  42. I made these this morning--another winner!! I split my batter in thirds and made them one third regular (as per recipe), added raisins in a third, and chocolate chips in the other third. Three kinds cookies for the price (time wise) of of one batch! The bf loves them all! Thanks Gina!

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  43. These look delicious; hoping to try them soon.

    I just wanted to point out that the recipe calls for making them about 3 Tbsp each in size, and I am thinking you probably meant 3 tsp each in size ... just wanted to clarify! :)

    Thank you for sharing all of these fabulous recipes with us!

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  44. I made these tonight and they are really delicious! You've outdone yourself!

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  45. My sisters do not eat "light" meals. Because "they don't taste good at all". I am treating them to an entire home cooked meal, including desserts, this weekend with skinnytaste.com to back me up. They don't know the recipes are light. I think I might include these. I will let you know how it goes.
    `Mandy

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  46. I made these on Saturday. Today is Monday and they are gone. Soo Good! But did you mean 3tbsp each? That made for pretty big cookies.

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  47. OMG!!! These are the bomb!! I accidentally added 1/4 c applesauce as I was choosing betweent these and the chocolate chip oatmeal cookie. They are great!!
    A little stickier but great!!! YUMMO

    P.S. I only had 1/4c of walnuts on hand and they seemed just fine :)

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  48. You have to try these cookies!!! I did today and LOVE them. Absolutely delectable! I cannot believe how good they came out. Needed to step away from the cooling rack! This is the BEST cooking site I have ever run across! I'm a weight watcher and use this site a lot for my family cooking. Everything has been a success! Keep up the great work!

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  49. These are really delicious - even my non-cookie eating husband loved them! Thankfully I am mailing most of them to my son at school - they are too tempting to keep in the house! Is it really 3 T of batter/cookie? That made a huge cookie, and I would not have gotten 30 out of the recipe...I would have enjoyed the huge cookie though!

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  50. Just made these last night and they turned out amazing!!! Thanks so much :)

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  51. I made these the other night and while tasty, I am somewhat disappointed at the extra salty taste of another ST recipe.

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  52. So happy you all loved them! My husband MADE ME make another batch!

    I guess they are 1 tbsp per cookie, I will adjust. As long as you get 30 you are good.

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  53. Another wonderful recipe! To measure these cookies (as well as the oatmeal/chocolate chip cookies of a couple weeks ago), I used an ice cream scoop, got 15 mounds, then cut each in half. Perfect size and exactly 30 cookies.

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  54. Just made these cookies and they are yummy! Thank you for the great recipe :-)

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  55. I made these last night and I think I like them better than last week's recipe (and that's saying something!). :) I did some with raisins instead of nuts and the rest with chocolate chips. Fabulous! You are a lifessaver, Gina. This site has saved me from weight loss boredom and kept me on track. I am so grateful!1

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  56. Just got done making a double batch of these. Soooo good!!! They taste like banana bread but in a cookie form. Thank you.
    P.s. I have made many recipes from your site and appreciate them all. ~Cynthia

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  57. I hate baking but these sounded so good I had to try them! Amazing!!!!!

    You did it again Gina!

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  58. I just pulled these out of the oven and they are perfect! I followed the recipe exactly except for adding some plump raisins. Thank you for allowing me to indulge my sweet tooth while staying slim :)

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  59. I only have steel cut oats, but everything else. Will this alter the outcome at all?

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  60. This is insane! I absolutely love these. I think I made mine too big, I got 22 cookies, so I need to add them to my tracker to check. But they are so good and so worth WHATEVER the point value becomes when I input them. Thanks so much! This was our dessert after arroz con pollo (second time making this).

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  61. They ended up 3pts a piece.......I'll take it!!!

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  62. I'm so happy you all loved them as much as I did! Trust me you'll be making them again and again.

    evestar - I'm not sure, only made them with quick oats.

    Kay - great!

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  63. So good!!!! And this has given me some ideas for my morning oatmeal. @KayVeeBee, i also made this as dessert for arroz con pollo dinner tonight. Seems like we all are doing dinner and dessert by Gina! :)

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  64. Jenn -3 sweet boys4/13/11, 4:23 PM

    OMG~ these are SOOOOO YUMMY, I made them today!!!! Now I just need to stay away from them. Thank you Gina!

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  65. These are absolutely delicious! Thanks for sharing Gina!! They make for a great snack and my kids just gave their stamp of approval. :)I truly appreciate all the time you take to post new recipes & pictures for all of us! I use your website 2-3 times a week fo rrecipes and highly recommend you to all of my friends!! Thanks again, you are a gem..... Dawn

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  66. I made these last night and I know that they're not going to last the weekend! I didn't tell my husband that they were low-fat and he never noticed. The small amount of butter gives them a nice crispy crunch on the outside and the middle is soft and moist. My modifications: I used a whole frozen banana that I defrosted in the microwave, I used a little less sugar, I used King Arthur white whole wheat flour, and I ran out of quick oats so I had to use about 1/2 cup of Old Fashioned. I also added 1/4 cup of white chocolate chips and 1/4 cup of peanuts instead of walnuts (inspired by my favorite peanut butter that is delicious with bananas). Thanks so much, Gina! This will be my go-to cookie base from now on!

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  67. Wow. these are great. My husband keeps asking me why I'm making all these sweets if I'm on a diet (I made your pineapple cupcakes at the beginning of the week). I tell him - if I can stick to my diet by "treating myself" to homebaked goodies, then I will keep right on doing so. these are so good that I would make these for people who didn't have to watch their waistline!

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  68. Hi Gina,

    I tried these and they were so fantastic!

    The whole batch: poof and gone!

    Here's my take: http://portlandpalates.blogspot.com/2011/04/chewy-low-fat-banana-nut-oatmeal.html

    Thank you for your inspiration. Happy blogging and cooking!

    Thanks,
    Noelle

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  69. Hi, I am in the middle of making these & I have a crumbly dough that won't stick together. What did I do wrong?

    And does anyone have any tips on how to correct it before I put the 2nd batch in the oven? I tasted the mix, and it's delicious!

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  70. I used 1/4 cup splenda brown sugar (there are calculations on the back) and the full 1/2 of splenda white sugar (the package states it measures cup for cup like sugar) and subbed the walnuts with raisins. They came out delicious! Thanks for another great recipe.

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  71. I just made these today - using gluten free flour! They are delicious -- and you are right - dangerous to have around! Thanks for a great recipe, I'll definitely be making these again soon.

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  72. Wow! Gina, I have been eyeing these since you origianll posted them, but finally got the chance to whip them up tonight...they are delicious! My 9 year old wanted more more more! Thank you for your on-going inspiration!

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  73. Delicious! Made them today as an after school snack and my kids devoured them. Even the one who doesn't like bananas gave them a thumbs up and came back for more. Thanks for another great recipe.

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  74. Boy I wish I had another batch right now!

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  75. AMAZING!!!!! Will be making these again!!! Sooo good! Soft, chewy perfect cookies. Looking forward to making them with chocolate chips in place of the walnuts!

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  76. I made these the other day to bring to an Easter gathering and they were a huge hit! I split the batter into two batches - to one I added coconut and the other I added white chocolate chips. So easy and delicious, thanks for a great recipe!

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  77. Just made these yesterday! They are dangerously delicious!!

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  78. These look very good! I used less sugar and toasted coconut instead of the nuts! Endless possibilites - I am a lifetime member of WW and love recipes like this!

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  79. These were very good! I wasnt paying attention and just put in all the ingredients at one time! then realized there were steps..duh, and they still came out perfect! FOOL proof!

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  80. also made them with whole wheat flour and they tasted the same as with white flour!

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  81. Just made these with my kids and they are delicious! I had 2 very ripe bananas I wanted to use so I threw them both in there and they were scrumptious!! Not sure what the extra banana would do to them but it did not seem to affect them too much.

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  82. I just made these and they cooled a bit but still warm...OMG THESE ARE AMAZING!!!!!! I still have yet to find a recipe here that isn't fabulous...and WW friendly! I really can't believe that two of these cookies are only 5 points. They are decent size cookies too.

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  83. Just gave these a shot and they look great! Haven't sneaked a taste, but I too used two smaller bananas and it seemed to be okay. Hubby is also not a walnut lover, so used raisins instead. We shall see. Thanks Gina!!

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  84. these are amazing!! best cookie i have ever eaten! thank you so much for posting- making my second batch now everyone loves them!

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  85. These cookies are fantastic! YUM :) Beautiful photos as well. I mixed everything by hand and subbed whole wheat flour for the white and extra virgin expeller pressed coconut oil in place of the butter. I didn't have a silpat and just used some room temp coconut oil to grease the pan a bit. Delicious all around!

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  86. I just baked these cookies and they came out very tasty. I used pecans in place of the walnuts (my husband does not like walnuts) plus I added semi-sweet chocolate chips (my kids must have the chocolate not to mention "me"). They are kinda cake like but have a lot to chew on with the nuts, chocolate chips and oatmeal. I made sure they were in the oven for only 8 minutes on our oven because it runs "hot". Thanks for the great recipe Gina!! :)

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  87. maritimemom9/5/11, 3:46 PM

    These were sooo good! Thank you so much for the recipe! I've just started trying some of your recipes and they've all been great! Thanks again! :)

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  88. OMGoodness!! These are so good!! I was wondering how peanut butter would taste with these. How much would you think one could put in the recipe to try? I was going to use PB2 for the peanut butter.

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  89. I made these last night (followed the recipe exactly) and they are incredibly delicious!!!! Thanks so much for sharing it :-)

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  90. I just took these out of my oven and they smell just wonderful! I recently just started WW on Monday... time to lose the rest of the baby weight :-) I love your site and have cooked off of it before starting WW. Thanks for all your hard work!

    Just wondering, have you tried to make no bake cookies low fat? My husband just loves them but I can't have them in the house without eating them!

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  91. If you leave out the nuts does it lower the points?

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  92. Just pulled these from the oven....house smells wonderful! Followed recipe for the most part. Had no nuts on hand, so I used semi-sweet morsels. No quick oats; so I used rolled. Then realized I didn't have enough for the 2C. Made up the difference (about 1/2C) with a multi-grain which included oats, rye, barley & wheat. To form the cookie, I used a 1T ice cream scoop; which got me 32 cookies. Had to bake them a bit longer than the recipe stated to get them golden around the edges.

    I induldged in my two. YUM. Had to pack up the rest or I'd be in serious trouble!! Will test them out on hubby this evening. Visiting my daughter this weekend, so will be sure to take them along.

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  93. I knew these were going to be awesome before they even went in the oven. Just the batter smelled of banana nut bread. They didn't disappoint at all. They were delicious.
    A previous comment asked about leaving the nuts out and points value. I only had 1/2 c of walnuts instead of the 3/4, so I plugged the whole thing into recipe builder and got 4 points for two ccokies instead of 5. So, as long as I did it right, yes.

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  94. OMG!! These cookies are delicious!! Everyone loved them. I had to tell my kids to stay away...I made them as a low fat snack for me!

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  95. OMG I just love your blog!!!!! i have tried 4 recipes and all of them have worked out great.

    I made these but used apple sauce instead of banana, and I mixed 3 types of nuts - pecans, macedamia & almonds, toasted first. They are delicious. Can't wait to try some of your thanksgiving inspired recipes :)

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  96. Fabulous cookies and a wonderful recipe! I didn't have real eggs, so I used Egg Beaters, and it still came out delicious... and a little less points! Thanks for the recipe!

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  97. I went on a banana frenzy tonight and made these cookies (bc my favorite thing in this world is banana bread) and made your pumpkin banana bread...both are truly AMAZINGLY SCRUMPTIOUS! The cookies were a hit at my husbands football game (men running up to me asking for another!) and the bread is for my eating pleasure as breakfast for work. Thank you for all your posts, I make a lot of recipes from here!

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  98. These are so so good. I definitely need to share them or I'll eat them all myself!

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  99. These have become a staple in our house... soooo good. Use mini choc chips instead of nuts.

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  100. Gina, I was wondering if you've tried this cookie or a variation of it with rolled oats, as opposed to quick. I tend to like the heartier texture, but more importantly I have a huge canister of the quaker ones to use up!

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  101. I haven't since I always buy quick, hopefully it should work!

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  102. Seriously...don't even bother making just one batch. They're so delicious that you're going to want MORE so DOUBLE IT UP!!!!!!!! Made these for my kids after school snack today and they, and my husband, LOVED them.

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  103. These cookies are so good! I don't think anyone would know that they are low fat... even my 2 year old asks for more! :) Thank you!

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  104. I meant to also write that I used old fashioned rolled oats (not quick) and they came out WONDERFUL!

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  105. they r very good. Will make them again !

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  106. Made these the other day. They came out delicious and chewy! Thanks!!I'm new here and I am loving your recipes!!

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  107. These were fantastic! My husband that rarely eats anything sweet LOVED these! Thanks for sharing another awesome recipe!

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  108. These have been a big hit in my family and everywhere I take them, even for my husband who swore he wouldn't eat them because they were oatmeal cookies, my daughter informed me later he was eating them up when I wasn't looking.

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  110. Mine actually looked nothing like yours lol. I think I need more oats? Well they were delish anyhow! Made with pecans instead of walnuts(yuck). Thanks!

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  111. Best cookies ever! Love the banana bread flavor :)

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  112. I just made these- I also added 1/2 cup of mini choco chips. These are probably the BEST cookies I have ever tried in my life!
    These are like cookie form of choco-chip banana bread (one of my favorite things.) Just amazing! Thanks so much for the recipe!!!

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  113. Very good cookie. I will make it again next year.

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  114. Hi! I played around with this delicious recipe, and made it a little bit more healthy! 3 tbls of oil instead of butter, only 1/4 c of honey instead of 1/2c sugar 1/2c brown sugar, two whole bananas (or a jar of banana baby food... they were delicious!

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  115. Mmmmm! These are so good. I followed your recipe exactly and these cookies were fabulous! I am definitely thinking they will be my breakfast tomorrow :)

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  116. I just made these cookies w/out nuts though they were awesomely delicious if thats a word....thanks

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  117. had no nuts on hand so I used coconut instead,super chewy and great testing

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  118. YUMMMMMMMMMY! I made these without nuts, and the WW RecipeBuilder said they were 4 P+ per 2 cookies. So delicious.

    I love how I can just type in whatever ingredient I want to use ("bananas" in this case), and find all your wonderful banana recipes.

    Thank you, and keep up the awesome, awesome work! I sang your praises at my Weight Watchers meeting this morning, and EVERYONE in the room (it was a huge meeting) wrote down the URL!

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  119. Baked a batch on the banana nut oatmeal cookies using your recipe. They were great. Today I baked another batch of oatmeal cookies except instead of using ripe bananas I substituted 1/2 C. of left over mashed sweet potatoes and added 1/4 C of raisins. Very moist and chewy.

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  120. I baked a batch of these the other night made a couple adjustments.

    -I used whole wheat flour
    -1 tbsp unsalted butter
    -1 tbsp peanut butter
    -1/8 cup sugar
    -1/4 cup unpacked brown sugar
    -1 tsp vanilla extract
    -3/4 cup dk choc. chips

    sooooooo yummy!!

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  121. These cookies are delicious and you'd never guess they're nutritious (as far as cookies go)! I am normally a chocolate dessert type of girl, but I will definitely make these again!

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  122. These cookies are delicious! I've made several batches already. Some with the walnuts, some with raisins, some with nothing at all. I keep telling myself it's okay to have 20 of them because the ingredients aren't that bad for you. Right? :)

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  123. I just came across this recipe and immediately made it. SO good. I used whole wheat flour but other than that, I kept it the same. Thank you for the calorie/fat/WW points count! You have a new avid follower on your hands!

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  124. Made these this morning with my 2 yr old. Subbed in whole wheat flour and rolled oats. For the 2nd batch I added a tbs of ground flax and another tbs of banana. These were awesome. Seems like a very forgiving recipe...... Absolutely delicious!

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  125. I made these tonight using rolled oats. They are amazing, and are going on my favorite cookie list.

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  126. I have tried a lot of your recipes and have found them all to be excellent, although I haven't commented until now. I needed an oatmeal cookie recipe and made these last night after searching your site. After scarfing down 3 last night (in addition to a whole lot of raw dough -- eek!), I am now eating them again (cookies for breakfast!!), and can't believe how great they taste. They are still incredibly soft the next morning! Thanks for the great recipe!

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  127. These are one of the best cookies I've ever made. So good! and so bad...I want to keep eating them! Thanks for another amazing recipe! Oh also I had rolled oats on hand so I used those, and pecans not walnuts. I dont know if rolled oats and quick oats are the same but the cookies were fabulous either way.

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  128. I made these with 2 Tbsp of Chia Seeds, 1/2cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips and left out the walnuts. Delicious!! I only got 21 cookies out of the batch, but using the Weight Watchers calculator, one cookie is 3 points, or 2 cookies is 4 points.

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  129. These are so good! I made them exactly as you called for but without the nuts. Whole fam loved them. Thank you for another wonderful recipe!

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  130. I'm just beginning to learn how to bake and I love the fact that I only have to use 2 tbsp of butter instead of 1/2 cup like a lot of other cookie recipes and STILL come out with delicious cookies! The only I thing I did differently was just use a whole cup of light brown sugar because I ran out of granulated. You are right about the airtight containers because OH MAN I can't stop eating them! [munch munch] Thanks for a great recipe!

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  131. Just made these. They are delicious! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe! Will definitely be making them again soon :)

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  132. Delicious! My husband and son love these! Now I know how to get my son to eat oatmeal for breakfast - even though it's almost 2pm on a Sunday afternoon - teenagers!

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  133. Yummy! Love your blog!! Thanks!

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  134. Gina, i just made these and my family LOVED them!!! Thank you for this recipe!!! You're my favorite! I just am addicted to your recipes...every one that i've tried has been a hit with my family!

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  135. These cookies are to die for. My whole family loved them. I wanted to make these again today but had no nuts or chocolate chips, so instead used applesauce instead of the banana and cinnamon chips instead of the chocolate. Oh and I used old fashioned oats this time (all i had) and they turned out just as great. Thank you for your fabulous recipes.

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  136. These were delicious! I didn't get 30 cookies, but that's my fault since I missed the heaping tablespoon part :). I definitely plan to make them again.

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  137. OMG! These are fantastic!! My absolute favorite cookie. I love the way they are not too sweet and I could actually taste the salt. Even my sweet little picky niece loved them.

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  138. I can no wait to try these! You need to post this recipe on todays Blog Hop Recipe Swap!

    http://abpetite.blogspot.com/

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  139. I have a reeeally ripe banana that I was about to throw out until I decided to look to see what use good 'ol Gina might have for it. :) I shall be making these in a bit! For any other non-nut lovers out there, the cookies are 2 pts/piece without nuts. Looking forward to eating these later!

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  140. I just wanted to let you know that I am obsess with your page!! I make one of your recipes a few times a week..I add protein powder to this cookie recipe, it makes a GREAT snack before my workouts. I LOVED your stuffed Pepper soup recipe...made it last week. I post everything I make from your site on my page One Pound at a time https://www.facebook.com/1poundatatime And I have Pinterest boards http://pinterest.com/madrick91/
    dedicated to my favorite recipes from Skinnytaste. Yes! I am your biggest fan lol "O))

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  141. I just got done baking these and my daughter and I both love them. They really are delicious! Hopefully there will be some left for my husband and son to try when they get home. ;)Thank you!

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  142. Made these Monday night, all gone in a few days! I used white whole wheat flour, regular old fashioned oats, and 1 cup of mashed banana and 1/4 cup of white and brown sugar. Plenty sweet! and that also cut down on the calories and carbs, to my calculations about 60 cals for one cookie.

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  143. WARNING: Don't make these if you have a sweet tooth and zero will power, like myself. They are so delicious, I could eat them all in one sitting.

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  144. My girls and I loved these! I was going to make my same ole Betty Crocker cookbook recipe for banana bread, but then I remembered seeing your post on these banana nut cookies! So glad I made them! Thank you!

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  145. Hi Gina!

    I've got a question. It's more curiosity than anything. I just want to know what you think. I am living in Germany and I have never seen baking soda anywhere, unless you go on the US bases, or buy from specialty stores for 7 EUR a box! So I often have trouble when baking recipes from the US. I have tried several substitutes for baking soda, but have had home runs and strike outs.

    You are much more experienced with baking than me. What would you suggest I use as a substitute for baking soda?

    I'm ready to ask mom to send me a box for Christmas ;)

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    1. Baking Soda is "Speisesoda", 'Backsoda" or "Speisenatron". It is usually sold under the following brand names: "KaiserNatron®" oder "Bullrich-Salz®".

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  146. So amazingly delicious!

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  147. Yum! Just made these :) I changed two things, mainly to save calories, but also because I was out of white sugar! Truvia and Spendla brown sugar blend were the only substitutions and they still taste great!! (plus saved some fat grams!)

    Thanks so much for this awesome recipe...definitely a keeper.

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  148. I make these frequently. This is a very forgiving recipe. My favorite substitutions are who.e wheat flour instead of white and coconut oil instead of butter. The slight coconut flavor remains and adds a new level of flavor while being healthier than butter.

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  149. I used semi-sweet chocolate chips instead, was wonderful! Got a bit dark on the bottom, so keep a close eye! Our oven runs hot so turning it down would have helped me. Delicious!

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  150. I made these, and they turned out round and very dry. I followed the recipe to a "T", yet they never spread at all, and nowhere on the recipe did it say to "pat them out to round shape". That's very important to add this step in order for you to have a round shape. Otherwise, they're just a ball.

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  151. I don't have quick oat but I do have old fasion oats would that work?

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  152. I have to let you know, since finding this recipe I've made these SO many times, they're my favorite cookie ever. The first time I made them I misread and added two STICKS of butter instead of two tbsp and let me tell you- best cookies ever, but still, I love making these when I have a banana or two that has become over-ripe. THANK YOU for this recipe!!!

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  153. This are amazing. I'm in love. I substituted ALMOND BUTTER for the butter. YUMMMMMM! I also used whole wheat flour. Next batch I might try lessing the sugar or substituting honey, but even if I don't cut anymore calories they are coming out at just 79 calories each (I only got 20 cookies out of it) and very low fat. Thank you for a great recipe!

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  154. These are SO good. Made them today and my husband and I both love them. I got 27 cookies out of it. Planning to eat 2 for a quick breakfast in the mornings. Thanks!!

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  155. I baked these tonight! They are heavenly! I subbed dark chocolate chunks for the walnuts and increased cinnamon to 1 teaspoon. I made sure to underbake them a little and they were so gooey and lovely and satisfying that I ate two and felt like I had indulged. Quite possibly my new favorite Skinnytaste recipe! (And I cook almost exclusively from Skinnytaste).

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  156. I had 2 ripe bananas and was going to make banana bread...and then I found this recipe! So glad I did (thanks Gina)! Here are some of the praises I got from my husband and co-workers after they ate these:
    "they were the best thing you have ever made"
    "I dont even like oatmeal cookies and I LOVE these"
    "you should win an award for those!"

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  157. ps. I substituted chocolate chips for the nuts

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