Feb 18, 2013

Healthy Cookies



A healthy cookie made with just three ingredients! Mashed ripe bananas, oatmeal and walnuts. OMG, these really ARE healthy!


Cookie's for breakfast, cookies for lunch, cookies, cookies coooookies.

I'm really so excited about these cookies, can't you tell? Thank you, thank you to the person who emailed me this recipe. It was actually a recipe for a two ingredient cookie, but walnuts and bananas really do it for me, think banana bread.. in a cookie.


The cookies are best right out of the oven, they are chewy and soft – just how I like my cookies.

I'm anxiously awaiting my next batch of bananas to get super ripe so I can make them again. This time, I'm going to add almonds and see how they turn out. Next time, maybe raisins? chocolate chips? Cinnamon, pumpkin spice, vanilla... can't wait!

Egg free, dairy free, gluten free (use gf oats), vegetarian, vegan, kid friendly... what else can I say??


Be sure your bananas are super ripe. I've only tested them with quick oats, so I'm not sure how they work with rolled oats. My gut tells me stick with the quick oats.

If you're on Weight Watchers; each cookie is 1 points plus. Quick breakfast to go; 5 cookies and a piece of fruit = 5 point plus! Leave the nuts out, they are still 1 point each. Replace the nuts with mini chocolate chips... still 1 point. Make these today!



Healthy Cookies
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 8 • Size: 2 cookies • Old Points: 2 pts • Points+: 2 pt
Calories: 93 • Fat: 3.5 g • Carb: 15 g • Fiber: 2 g • Protein: 2 g • Sugar: 4.5 g
Sodium: 0.4 mg

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 cup of uncooked quick oats*
  • 1/4 cup crushed walnuts

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°F.  Spray a non-stick cookie sheet with cooking spray or use a Silpat.



Combine the mashed bananas and oats in a bowl. Fold in the walnuts and place a tablespoon of each on the cookie sheet.


Bake 15 minutes. Makes 16 cookies.

*Use gluten free oats such as Bob's Red Mill quick oats to make them gluten free.
Adapted from the Burlap Bag.

316 comments :

  1. I'm seeing this about an hour too late! I threw away some ripe bananas this morning. Now I'm looking at my green bananas over on the counter and wishing them to be ripe.

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    1. You can freeze ripe bananas until you're ready to make these cookies or a smoothie or banana bread.

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    2. Donna, I never throw away ripe bananas. I peel them, put them into a sandwich bag and smash them flat. Then I put them in the freezer and use them for smoothies or banana bread. If you use two in your bread recipe, put two in the bags, but put just one in a bag for smoothie use.

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    3. I just made them with 2 bananas that I had throw in the freezer (I just freeze them whole) I sat them out for awhile peeled them and followed the recipe. I split the recipe and made half with nuts and half with mini chocolate chips. They are good!

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    4. Thanks I did not know you can freeze bananas. I freeze everything never tried bananas. It is one type of fruit my husband will eat one of the few that is. :)

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    5. You can freeze them in the peel (although some water will come out, which is fine for a smoothie) and not have to use plastic bags.

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    6. I am so excited...cookies without sugar or sugar substitute...so awesome! Processed sugar is so bad for you it leads to many health issues. Thank you!

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    7. Please, please! Never throw bananas away. You can just put them in the freezer in the skin. Yes, they get very, almost black skinned, but the insides are even better & sweeter to bake or cook with. Set them on the counter to defrost or if you need them in a hurry, zap in micro. Doesn't take long. Great in smoothies or shakes. Super for banana breads. I collect those spotted, soft bananas in bags all year, so I'll have a supply in a second and a great collection for holiday baking.

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    8. Freeze them and make them into "ice cream" too. Recipe is on this site! So easy to dress it up but tastes just like ice cream with only the one ingredient!

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  2. YUM! So quick and easy to make. I love that there is no added sugar, either. :D

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  3. Wish I had ripe bananas in the house. I'd make them today. What a great cookie. Would work GREAT on Weight Watchers, too.

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  4. I've made them with chocolate chips and a dash of cinnamon. Tasty!

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  5. I don't think five of them will be 5 pp on WW as you have to mutiply all the ingredients by 5, however I think they sound amazing and healthy and I can't wait to try them!!!

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    1. You are right...5 of these cookies would be 10 PP on WW. This recipe makes 16 cookies, so when all of the ingredients are added up you have to divide it by 16, and that equals 2 points for ONE cookie. I mean what is i point here or there but if you were to eat five, that could do some damage to you daily points allowance. They do look yummy though!

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    2. My ingredients are 1 pt for each 1/8 cup oats and 6 pts for 1/4 cup nuts. that is a total of 14. I ended up with 20 cookies so actually less than a point each. I am new to WW is there something that I am not understanding?

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    3. You have to count the banana when used in a recipe.

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    4. why do you have to use the banana? I really think WW just hasn't updated recipe builder since fruits became free. I don't see how a banana magically grows points if it is in a recipe - if I make a smoothie and use rb (I know it doesn't make sense but to illustrate the point) it adds points for the banana. and the message they show you when you click on the "not what you were expecting?" is so vague...these look amazing!

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    5. I believe the reason the bananas have points once they are incorporated into a recipe is that your body no longer has to work as hard to break them down. I'm pretty sure weight watchers has put a lot of thought into the recipe builder and haven't just forgotten about it.

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    6. So is it 2points for one cookie, or 2 points for two cookies? Gina has 2 for two, anonymous above is saying 2 for one. Can anyone pease clarify?

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    7. I was thinking of adding prunes somehow in place of banana. I know they put prunes in cakes and it taste delicious. What do you think?

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    8. From the way it is written, it is 2 cookies for 2 pts, or 1 pt each. I don't think we need to count bananas...I asked my WW leader and she said no.

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  6. Cannot wait to make these!! Love your blog!

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  7. Kristin Morris2/18/13, 11:00 AM

    What fruit can I substitue for these? I am allergic to bananas.

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    1. I might sub pumpkin in for banana, at least to test - I'm not allergic, but really don't like banana. :)

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    2. You could probably try applesauce

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  8. Oh man, those look so good. I wish I could try them right now. Too bad my kitchen is getting renovated. Torture!

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  9. WOW!!! sounds fantastic!!! MUST TRY

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  10. I just made these and they are very yummy! And yes, best eaten fresh out of the oven!

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  11. Alot of your receipes you use banannas is there something else i can use instead of them. i am allergic to banannas . thank you love your website .. have been followin over a year now ..

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    1. Thanks! Maybe cooked mashed butternut squash?

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    2. A recipe I use a lot that calls for mashed bananas states you can subbed pumpkin puree for the bananas (1 cup to 1 cup). Maybe that?

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    3. Yes pumpkin is the best sub for banana! I have subbed it many times for recipes and usually does not have a pumpkin taste after baking =)

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    4. Seems that the problem with that is that pumpkin puree isn't sweet and the only thing about this recipe that's sweet is the bananas. So it would taste kinda bland!

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    5. Right, which is why I think butternut squash would be better since it's sweeter.

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    6. I was going to ask if I could use pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice instead of bananas. I'm not a huge fan of banana flavor.

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    7. I'm wondering if sweet potato would be a good substitute.

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    8. that's what i am thinking: sweet potato! and for my add-in: Trader Joe's Roasted Coconut Chips

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    9. Yum.that sounds good too!!

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  12. Printing this now!! YUM!

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  13. This is my favorite way to eat oatmeal on the go...

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  14. This looks easy and yummy. Can't wait try it

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  15. This looks easy and yummy. Can't wait try it

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  16. When I plugged these ingredients into my online WW's recipe builder and divided it by 16 servings, it equals 2 points plus for ONE cookie. They look amazing and I can not wait to make them!

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    1. My bad, I used 2 medium bananas. Large bananas would make them 2 pts.

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    2. Actually Gina, I apologize! I am wrong... commenter Sayda pointed out to me that I might not have been careful with adding my ingredients to the recipe builder and when i went back and checked, she was right! My recipe builder was indeed adding 1 whole cup of walnuts, though I chose a 1/4. They are one point each! Even if you use extra large bananas... Now I wonder how often I have had this mistake happen in the dozens of recipes I added to my builder....I might have to sit here today and go through them all...I may have been cheating myself! Sorry for causing a ruckus on your post...:-(

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  17. I love making cookies with too-ripe bananas! I bet these would be really good with some a few dark chocolate chips mixed in!! Yum

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  18. Making them right now. I was looking for a recipe for my leftover peanut butter chips! Not as healthy but oh we'll. Peanut butter, bananas and oats oh my!

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  19. Love this idea Gina. The look delicious.

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  20. These are genius, Gina! I love the simplicity of them. I bet you could even add a bit of flax and chia to make them even healthier (and chocolate chips too... for antioxidants of course!) :)

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  21. I think dried cranberries added to these would be great and maybe pecans instead of walnuts or slivered almonds. I did not know that oatmeal had gluten in them. I have several family members that are gluten free.

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    1. Oatmeal is often processed in the same facilities where they process wheat, so there is cross contamination. Always read the label.

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  22. I am trying these in the morning! thanks for sharing and love your blog!
    Earlene

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  23. Do two mashed bananas equal 1 cup? Estimated of course on size of banana?

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    1. I'll make them again and measure, not sure.

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    2. I would love to know too. Just to be sure the texture comes out right!

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  24. They work fine with Old fashioned oats!

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    1. Thanks for sharing. I only buy old fashioned. :)

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    2. Quick oats are basically cut, so I usually throw them in my chopper.

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  25. Would they still turn out if you don't use the nuts or use another kind of nuts? I am allergic to walnuts and pecans. Thanks!

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  26. Wow thanks, I can't wait to try these! ❤

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  27. these remind me of a cookie version of the oatmeal cupcakes that chocolate covered katie has on her blog, have you checked those out Gina? So good and healthy! Can't wait to make these cookies, they are perfect for an easy on the go snack! complex carbs, protein from nuts, natural sugars and vitamins/minerals from the banana - sounds like a great after gym snack!

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  28. To the person who posted that they are 2 pts a peice.....When you type in an ingredient into the recipe builder, it will come up, for example, quick oats 1/4 cup. When you click on that, if you are not careful, it actually will come up 1 cup and you have to change the measurement. These are indeed 1 pt per cookie. Thanks Gina! They look awesome and I can't wait to make them!

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    1. Sayda....Thank you for pointing that out to me. My recipe builder was indeed adding 1 whole cup of walnuts, though I chose a 1/4. They are one point each! Now I wonder how often I have had this mistake happen in the dozens of recipes I added to my builder....I might have to sit here today and go through them all...I may have been cheating myself! Thank you again for pointing this out, I had no idea!

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  29. I'm hooked on the yummy possibilities!!! I have to get some bananas!!! =P

    Ergo - Blog

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  30. I add egg whites (more protein) pumpkin pie spice, and dried cranberries, but I use old fashioned rolled oats. Am considering adding cooked quinoa.

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  31. Actually Gina, you will be happy to know that 5 cookies are actually 4 points!!! YAY!~

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  32. Gah! Never mind. They are not 4 points for 5. I messed up! They are 1 point a piece though! Sorry for the mix up.

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  33. You might try subbing unsweetened applesauce for the banana if you are not a huge banana lover (like I am not). But I'm sure you may have to add a bit more of the quick oats because the applesauce would probably be runnier than mashed banana. I think an apple cinnamon oatmeal cookie with walnuts sounds fabulous!

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  34. There is something quite exciting that happens everytime I read the word "Healthy Cookies". Talk about Oxymoron! This recipe looks great! I think I would possibly add some dried cranberries for some extra sweetness too!

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  35. If only I had some bananas and walnuts. These look/sound so good!!

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  36. Gina, Your site is my "go to" whenever I'm looking for inspiration and I've never tried a recipe from you that we didn't love. Thank you for this one and all the great ones you share. I'm thinking that since we freeze bananas all the time that maybe these could be frozen in their pre-baked state so that you could just pop a few in the toaster oven when you want them. What do you think?

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    1. I think that this sounds like an awesome idea! I will try it! :-)

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  37. They are in my oven right now! I didn't have enough walnuts, so I added a few carob chips. Looking forward to trying them!

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  38. I wonder how these would be in a dehydrator? Any thoughts? I'm trying this the next time I have over ripe bananas!

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  39. Can't wait to try this recipe! Wondering if it would work with peanut butter?

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  40. Can't argue with a cookie like that! I make something similar and stir in a little cocoa powder to give it a rich chocolaty flavor.

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  41. These look great! I'm a huge fan of banana bread with chocolate chips, so hopefully this will be a substitute as my guilty pleasure!

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  42. Some chocolate PB2 might be a great addition....

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  44. I just finished working out on my elliptical and was sitting here wanting something sweet that wouldn't put back on all the cal's I sweated off, opened up your site and here is what I wanted! I ran to the grocery store to pick up rolled oat to make it and they are exactly wanted I wanted! Thanks so much for all the hard work you do for us!!!

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  45. I just made your other banana cookie recipe last night they are all gone! So do these taste as good as those because there's alot of ingredients in that one and I am doubling the batch today so 3 ingredients would be alot easier!?!

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    1. The others are fabulous, more like a dessert. These are great too, but healthier for sure. Not as crunchy.

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  46. Oooh, can't wait to make these!

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  47. yummm! I'd love to try these adding cocoa powder!

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  48. Has anyone tried baking these in an 8 x 8 baking pan? I think they would be kinda like bars or something

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  49. yummy. just made these -- well sort of. I only had 1 ripe banana and I only wanted to make a few cookies. I don't eat grain so I used 3 tablespoons of flax meal and 1.5 tablespoons of coconut flour. Bit of water, almonds. They were very tasty and will easily satisfy a sweet tooth.

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  50. These look delicious! I may try adding some PB2 to this recipe!

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  51. YUM! Just took these out of the oven, and they are so tasty! I saw this recipe this morning, and happen to have ripe bananas, so I whipped them up right away. I added chocolate chips instead of nuts and 1 tbsp peanut butter. They made my house smell delicious. They made exactly 16 cookies. I'll be eating them non stop for the next couple of days.

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  52. Just made these cookies with 1/4 mixed nuts that i crushed and a 1/4 dark chocolate chips. I wanted to like them more than I did. Kinda gummy!

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    1. You have to keep in mind there's no butter, oil, eggs, baking soda, etc. I do have other oatmeal cookies on my site that you may like if you want a crispier texture.

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  53. Oh wow! I'll have to give these a spin this week, as soon as my bananas over-ripen!

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  54. Just made these! Soo good. With some chocolate chips and a dash of cinnamon? Amazing. I added an extra half of banana to give it some more banana taste, but it made them a little too squishy.

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  55. I to the basic two ingredients I added 2T of cocoa powder, dash of salt, 1 t vanilla extract and 1/4 C semi sweet choc chips and the result was 1 P+ deliciousness. Chocolate banana! Yum

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  56. We ate the last ripe banana at breakfast. Can't wait to try these out in a couple of days! I have a sweet tooth and I'm always looking for healthier alternatives. Thanks!

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  57. Just gave it a try and they were yummy. The banana flavor is very strong. I couldn't have more than two which is good for my points! We added chocolate chips too!

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  58. Dangerous! I love this combo in anything!!

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  59. I only have rolled oats and I really want to make these tonight..should I use one cup as well and leave in the oven a little longer???

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    1. I usually throw rolled oats into my chopper, works like a charm.

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  60. I made these a couple weeks ago, adding an egg, two scoops of protein powder, and some pb2 they make an awesome pre-workout snack (with protein!)

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  61. Made these with pecans and almonds instead because I didn't have any walnuts and added a dash of vanilla. They are ridiculously easy to make and sooooo tasty! Another winner!

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  62. I happened to have tons of bananas that were overripe so I made 1 batch plain banana and oatmeal and I made another batch with 2 tbsp peanut butter. For both recipes, I got 21 cookies. Great nutritional stats (25 calories w/ no PB, 36 calories w/ PB). I like the consistency of the peanut butter ones better - wetter batter and more cookie-like. These are great for breakfast or a healthy snack, but I have an insane love of oatmeal cookies and was hoping it would fit the bill as a healthier oatmeal cookie but they didn't:( Nonetheless I made a bunch and will definitely make more in the future :)

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    1. I LOVE that you did peanut butter, gonna add that my family would LOVE that!

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    2. Pamela, I was thinking about adding some raisins, cinnamon, a dash of salt... maybe that would give you more of the oatmeal cookie flavor you were looking for... I've had more than a dozen possible add-ins come to mind... now I've got to get some bananas...

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  63. I ended up eating the whole tray... Not very weight conscious.. yummy though

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  64. Fantastic! Very yummy - I didn't have any walnuts but did have choc chips - I all mine the naughty version :-S

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  65. Here comes another nitpicky can't-have-that-er...

    What could I use instead of the oats? no carbohydrates for me...

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    1. How about flax meal? I think that might work nicely, but it would probably up the Points Plus Value, but it would only be with healthy fats! You could also try unsweetened shredded coconut, or almond flour! :-)

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    2. thanks, will try!

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    3. Bananas are loaded with carbs??? This recipe probably isn't for you if you are avoiding carbs.

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    4. Yeah, relatively. But I'll be fine.

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  66. I don't like walnuts...what would almonds do to the nutritional values? Thank you!

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    1. It's very similar, I'm making almond tomorrow :)

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    2. Let us know how they are!

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  67. So excited I saw this today! I was trying to figure out what to do with my banana that was easy! Gonna do chocolate chips instead of walnuts since hubby is allergic! So excited!

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  68. Glad you liked them! I was so excited to see these up. I can't stop making these. literally... new addiction. Walmart can't carry enough bananas to feed my craving!

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  69. Looks amazing! This I have to try..

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  70. Oh my goodness! We just made these and we added a small handful of semi-sweet chips and a tiny bag of pepitas I had in the pantry. YUMMY! Love the crunch pepitas gave to it, got me to thinking that these made with pumpkin butter would be scrumptious!!

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  71. I read this post about an hour ago and haven't been able to think about anything else since!!
    Thanks for the great recipes. I generally don't comment, but I always appreciate your recipes.

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  72. How does the calorie count change if you dont put walnuts?

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  73. How would you store these? Can you leave them out at room temp. or refrigerate?

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  74. I'm going to make these tomorrow, but I'll use pumpkin puree instead of banana & add in some pumpkin pie spice & chocolate chips! Pumpkin puree has less sugar, and lots of fibre! I might have to add a little agave or stevia to make up for the sweetness that the bananas would give, but I can't wait to make these! I'm reading this while in bed, about to go to sleep and I want to get up to go make them right now! :)

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  75. Oh the possibility with these, healthy, versatile and satisfies my sweet tooth! Have you tried my one-ingrediant soft serve? Another great idea for bananas! http://eating-made-easy.com/2012/04/11/one-ingredient-soft-serve/

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  76. Just wondering if anyone has made these with GF oats? I tried a couple similar recipes in the last couple weeks and they were major flops with the GF oats. Something about them is just *different*. :( But thanks for all the great recipes...I love this site!!!

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  77. Can't wait to make these. I'm not a baker because of the whole measuring thing, lol, but I think I can actually do these. I am also going to try adding PB2 to a batch.

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  78. I actually cannot wait to make this! Especially, since I've been craving cookies a lot recently (and been eating a lot of the "bad" ones).

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  79. I can't wait to try this recipe! Looks and sounds wonderful!

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  80. "The cookies are best right out of the oven, they are soft and chewy ........."
    Assuming no one eats ALL of the cookies immediately after baking them,
    what are they like in a day or two?

    Are they palatable hot tea-coffee dunkers or inedible paper weights?



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  81. I'm a peanut butter freak. haha I make little heart shaped oatmeal cakes from banana, peanut butter, an egg, oatmeal, flax seed, and a little cinnamon and vanilla. These also look good. I'll have to give them a try.

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  82. If your children don't like nuts. Any Ideas on what else you could substitute. Thank you and God bless Lori

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  83. Gina -
    Thanks so much for posting about our cookies! I actually love your site and already have lots of your recipes pined - just made the chicken enchilada soup for dinner three nights ago!

    Lauren (the burlap bag)

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  84. Hi, if I add slivered almonds instead of walnuts, can I or do I need to add a little almond extract?

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  85. Just made these , but with almonds , one word Yummy !!!

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  86. I have made these with rolled oats and the oats soften up just fine. My one year old loves them, so do I! We like them with a bit of honey, cinnamon, and dried fruit mixed in.

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  87. You say 1 point+ in the write-up and then at the top of the recipe, it says 2 points+.
    Can you please clarify? They sound wonderful!

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    1. The 2 points is because the serving size is 2 cookies. Each cookie is 1 point+.

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  88. This is great! I make a "baby friendly" version of this for my daughter (10 months old) without the nuts! It's probably one of the more popular posts on my blog too ( ourgfreelife.com ). But I never thought of doing this with nuts or chocolate. Next time I'll do half a batch for her, and an even yummier batch for us. Banana is such a great natural sweetener when cooked!

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  89. Here's a quick tip. If you don't have any ripe bananas, you can bake your bananas in the oven for at 300 degrees for about an hour until the peel is very dark brown/black. The banana inside is amazing! It's very sweet and caramelized. This won't work for completely green bananas. The banana needs to be mostly yellow.
    I got this tip from Cook's Illustrated. They use this technique in their banana bread recipe.

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    1. very smart idea! thank you.

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  90. I can't wait to make these! Thank you Gina for your wonderful blog! I have tried many of your recipes and they all a big hit! I love that you even include the points for those of us on Weight Watchers! Keep up the great work!

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  91. The simplest things are always the sweetest things. Fact. In this case I mean it in the most literal sense.

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  92. Donna, no need to throw away overripe bananas. You can freeze them to use later.

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  93. Hi Gina,

    I absolutely LOVED these and am going to share with with my readers tomorrow. I'll send you the link when they are published. Thanks again!!

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  94. OMG!! these look really good!! gotta try them!!!
    Thanks for sharing!!

    Love
    Mehak
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  95. Can you make these totally without nuts? What else could you use?

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  96. Thank you Gina , another easy, quick and yummy recipe! I'll try these soon!
    Misty from Belgium

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  97. I only had GV old fashioned oats they are in the oven now hopefully they will be good?

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  98. I made these tonight & they are really good. We are having a playdate with my daughter's friends tomorrow. So I did bananas, oats & choc chips. A few of her friends have nut allergies. I will try these with nuts for us sometime.

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  99. These are delicious! I added a tablespoon of PB2 and a handful of mini chocolate chips, and they certainly calmed my sweet craving after dinner. The best part is how filling they are...impossible to over-indulge!

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  100. I just made these with Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Oats (rolled oats, not quick cooking) and they turned out just fine. I added a tablespoon of cocoa powder and a smidge of maple syrup to make them slightly sweeter. We were really surprised at how good they are!

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  101. I'm going to make these right now!
    Hubby will be sent off to work with some and baby and I will have a yummy breakfast together!
    So excited!!! Thanks for posting!!!

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  102. I made these last night and substituted the nuts for white chocolate chips and craisins! Mmmmmm!

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  103. Just made two batches of these cookies! One with the walnuts & one with mini choc chips! They are excellent & just right for my husband & I to have an afternoon snack with coffee. Fits right into our WW program! Thanks for the recipe!

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  104. do you need to store these in the fridge?

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  105. Just made these although I substituted almonds for the walnuts cause I didn't have any in the house. I also added some mini dark chocolate chips cause I was craving some chocolate. These are fantastic and will definitely be making them again!!!!

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  106. For those that have actually made these, what was the texture of the cookies? A friend just tried to make them and hers came out gummy. Are they good if they are cold? Thanks

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  107. thanks! these were so easy and good. i added walnuts and choco chips. i served the plate to the boyfriend and went to clean up in the kitchen. when i came out, they were already half gone! great treat to satisfy a sweet craving

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  108. Just made these with a few changes. Not crazy about bananas so I use 1 banana and 1/2 cup of unsweetened applesauce 1T of better n peanut butter chopped walnuts nice texture and yummy!

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  109. I made them with bananas (for me!) and with applesauce and chocolate chips for the kids, they turned out great! Thank you!

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  110. I work at a Hotel, and we have to have banana's everyday for our deluxe breakfast in the morning. So the employee's can take home the over ripe and spotted banana's!! I have several zip bags of banana's in the freezer right now!! To help against your banana's getting freezer burn, I use the FOOD SAVER machine!! My banana's stay longer with this wonderful machine!!

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  111. My friend gave my a similar recipe that included cinnamon, nutmeg, and applesauce for a moist texture. One can freeze the cookies, take two out in the morning, spread peanut butter on them for extra protein, heat them, and then enjoy.

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  112. Made these last night. I added choc chips instead of walnuts and 2 tbsp of cocoa powder and 1 tsp Splenda... they are awesome! Had 2 last night and just had 2 for breakfast. My husband called them "chocolate chip banana bread bites" because that is more what they are like than cookies. A nice treat!

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  113. Has anyone tried them with regular (non-quick) oats?

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  114. These look fabulous! Plus I love that they are so healthy. I might need to add a handfull of mini chocolate chips to the batter though! :)

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  115. These would be an excellent, healthy treat to bring along when taking a meal to new mom or a friend in need. Love your recipes!

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  116. So excited about the possibilities here! I had these in the oven about 2 minutes after reading the post. I think they were a little too banana-y, so I'll follow some other suggestions of subbing applesauce for some of the banana. So many add-in possibilities! Unfortunately, my kids hated them, but they hate everything.

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  117. Made these this morning with old fashioned Q oats and they turned out AMAZING! What a great treat. My three year old son loves them, too! Thank you...AGAIN!

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  118. Just made these. Ate one before it had time to cool. I am in heaven. Thank you.

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  119. Just made these! Amazing! I wonder if you could make a similar cookie using canned pumpkin? It has a similar consistency to mashed bananas....

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  120. I love these so easy to make .

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  121. Great healthy alternative. I made mine with flax seeds instead of walnuts so my kids to can take them to school (nut free policy at their school).

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  122. Love Them! Even my 6 year old daughter "liked" them and she doesn't like anything. I added cinnamon and used Almonds since I was out of walnuts. Yummy and simple!

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  123. I think maybe my bananas were too big mine are very mushy inside but the taste is great! I set my batter out for a while in hopes the oats will soak up some and mine the rest will be more chewy and cookie like!

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  124. Have you tried this with granola too or combined? just wondering how they would taste or texture wise?

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  125. after having read all these comments about the bananas - I almost hate to ask this question. since I mash my bananas and then freeze them, I wonder how many cups of mashed bananas this recipe takes. Sorry for such a silly question, but the comments about mushy cookies; or dry cookies certainly is as a result of the amt. of bananas. Thank you.

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  126. Well now I am really confused. My points plus calculater comes up with 3 points plus for 2 cookies. They do sound good so I will be trying them.

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  127. Yum!! I added 1/2 t cinnamon and 1/2 t vanilla extract. Very tasty, and super easy. I also didn't have mini chocolate chips, so I chopped up some regular chocolate chips. Gina, you've done it again!

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  128. I have a question...I added these to my WW recipe builder and my points+ total came back as 3 pts. for 2 cookies (used mini choc. chips like you suggested). Any reason why that would be? Is it because of the type of qc oats I used? I was really excited about the prospect of a 1pt. cookie :(

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  129. dissapointed....it hurt my artritic hands to mash...so i put it all in the blender...which would not blend it...then I added eggwhites for liquid....that helped...but made a batter...so I put it all in a brownie pan and oh yes I added nutmeg...couldnt find the cinnamon...will let you know how it turned out...lol
    i am looking for low cholesterol cookies!

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  130. Just took them out of the oven! Delicious!!

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  131. OMG I totally see some pumpkin or roasted butternut squash, cinnamon and vanilla! ;)

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  132. maybe when you sub in apple sauce maybe try some small chopped apple chunks too and a dash of cinnamon
    i will be trying this when i get home from holidays dont have any way of baking here :-( otherwise i would be making them today hehe

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  133. I just made these and substituted quick oats for steel cut oats (Bob's Red Mill) and increased the number of bananas to 4. YUMMY! I love your recipes!

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  134. Have my batch in the oven right now, I used 2 1/2 bananas (I already used 1/2 of one for my smoothie) about 1/8 cup mini chocolate chips, 1 1/4 cup old fashioned oats, 1/4 tsp vanilla and a few dashes of cinnamon, I hope they turn out as awesome as the smell already! It looks like it's going to yield about 25 cookies, I'm going to try to store them in a ziploc freezer bag with a slice of bread to keep them chewy and moist :)

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  135. I gave up wheat for Lent, so I have been fiending for a cookie! I only had one ripe banana, so I subbed equal amount of pumpkin, and added pecans, chocolate chips, and a bit of pumpkin pie spice. I had to cook them an extra 5 minutes and they are still a bit mushy and round, but the kid and hubby liked them! I think I also needed to chop the pecans and chocolate, that may have helped. A bit too banana-y for me, but I still ate two and enjoyed it! Great recipe, thanks

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  136. I made these but didn't have walnuts so I made them with mini chocolate chips. They were good but almost too dry maybe my bananas weren't ripe enough or I didn't use big enough ones?? I will make these again.

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  137. I made these but found they weren't as big as the ones shown in the picture. Any ideas why? I'm new to baking & it's so frustrating b/c I'm not getting the results I expect to get.

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  138. How many calories are you counting for the bananas? Everytime I calculate this out my calories are much higher

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