Jan 26, 2014

PB & J Healthy Oatmeal Cookies


Made with just just 4 ingredients – bananas, oats, peanut butter and jelly!

Made with just just 4 ingredients – bananas, oats, peanut butter and jelly, these cookies are meant to eat warm right out of the oven for a fun spin on my 3-ingredient healthy cookie recipe.

I'm so addicted to making these cookies. Whenever my bananas are over-ripe, I whip up a batch which takes only minutes. These are best when the bananas are super ripe as their natural sweetness is what's used to sweeten the cookies. Keep in mind they aren't crisp like a dessert cookie. Instead these are moist and chewy and best eaten warm, right out of the oven. They are great as an afternoon snack or healthy enough to have for breakfast if you wish. You can easily make half the portion with just 1 banana if you want to make less.


I've made them with walnuts which tasted like banana bread, I've tried them with chocolate chips which so yummy! This time I decided to switch things up and see what happens if I add some chunky peanut butter to the batter and top them with reduced sugar jelly – yum!

PB + J Healthy Oatmeal Cookies
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 8 • Size: 2 cookies • Old Points: 2 • Weight Watcher Points+: 2 pt
Calories: 91 • Fat: 3 g • Carb: 15 g • Fiber: 2 g • Protein: 2.5 g • Sugar: 5 g
Sodium: 19 mg  • Cholest: 0 mg

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 cup of uncooked quick oats*
  • 2 tbsp chunk peanut butter (I like the texture)
  • 4 teaspoons reduced sugar jelly

Directions:

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


Combine the mashed bananas and peanut butter in a medium bowl. Add the oats and mix until thoroughly combined. Place batter by tablespoons (little more than level) on the cookie sheet, making an indent with the back of the measuring spoon. Repeat until you have 16 cookies.

Bake 15 minutes or until golden. Remove from oven and top each with 1/4 teaspoon jelly.




*Use gluten free oats such as Bob's Red Mill quick oats to make them gluten free.

82 comments :

  1. I only have the 5 minutes oats.. would those still work?

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  2. Gina, you are awesome! I just made some of the chocolate chip ones last week (not for the first time...lol), and now I have another banana that is ready to go. I was going to make the chocolate chip ones again this morning, but now I'm going to make these instead! I love PB&J, so I'm sure they will turn out great. I only have creamy almond butter and blackberry jelly on hand (which are my favorites anyway), so that's what I'm going to use. Thanks for another fun and healthy recipe!!

    ~Ashley

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    1. This sounds awesome, blackberry is my fave too.

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  3. This was meant to be...I had three ripe bananas thinking I need to cook with these today and your FB post popped up! They are great! Kids love them and husband too! Thank you for great timing!

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  4. I have your chocolate chip breakfast cookies every morning, but I have to try these!!! Banana's are not quite ripe yet, so I have to wait.

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  5. These look awesome! Why didn't I buy bananas last night? :(

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  6. So perfect as I also have two over ripe bananas!

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  7. My kids will l.o.v.e. these! I swear I go through 2 Costco size jars of PB every 2 weeks!

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  8. Totally going to make these with the bananas I have that are getting too ripe!!

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  9. I was just wondering how to store them, and how long they keep?

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    1. You have to eat them right away, so make less if it's just you.

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  10. just made 'em and they are perfect…even approved by my boyfriend! YEAH!

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  11. Ah, gotta love healthy simple things :D These look nice nice! Think you could stir the jam through the batter as well or would that just be messy? *curious...wanting to make some*

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    1. I guess you could, haven't tried it

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  12. Has anyone tried nutella instead of peanut butter (or some other nut butter)?

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  13. These look delicious!! Peanut Butter and Bananas... two of my favourite things. Can't wait to give these a try!! Jen x

    http://jenniferbakes.blogspot.ie

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    1. Why not! I would add a little more so you can taste it.

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  15. I added a little cinnamon. call me crazy..... yummy!

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  16. I just made these & they are easy & very good. I used smooth P.B. because that's what I had but I think chunky would be better. Added some raisins. Next time I add some chopped pecans. Thanks for a great recipe!

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  17. These sound like a great breakfast to change from my boring oatmeal/cereal, definitely going to try soon!

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  18. Can you use the non quick cooking kind of oatmeal? I needed the container and have a ton of it! These would be awesome, I don't eat plain oatmeal...

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    1. If you're using regular oats, instead of the quick cooking...I was told that you put it in the food processor and pulse a little (not until it's powder, but just break it down a little.) I hope that helps! I have a batch in now that I did this method, they seem fine!

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  19. Yummy! These sound delicious and my daughter, she loves the word "cookie" so I think I may make some of these for her. :)

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  20. I'm making these today! When I have over ripe bananas but no time to use them, I freeze them until I do have time. Right now I have quite a few frozen ripe bananas! Thanks for this recipe. My granddaughters will love having these for an after school snack.

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    1. How did they come out with the frozen bananas? I have some in my freezer too and I want to make them today.

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  21. Do you have the nutritional information for these?

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    1. It's above the recipe

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  22. Yum...I've made these several times and what I like best is to add 3 to 4 blueberries on top before putting in the oven. I found that trying to mix them in makes for a messy sticky cookie after its done. (even on a silpat) Instead I just push them into the cookie and they come out delicious! I think instead of jelly I may go for mashed up strawberries with the peanut butter in this version!

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  23. My family is not big on bananas. Is there something I could substitute and still have this turn out without adding calories?

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    1. I don't mean to be rude, truly I don't. However, if a recipe has only four ingredients and you don't want to use one of them, then I would suggest that this isn't the recipe for you.

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    2. I have heard of some people substituting pumpkin for banana.

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  24. Do you think I can substitute PB for sunflower seed butter? My kid has a peanut allergy

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    1. I used almond butter and a dash of cinnamon and I still really enjoyed them!

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  25. I am loving these recipes. I didn't have any quick oats on hand but did have WW oats with brn sugar. OMGosh.. they were so good. I added a point 'cause I wanted my 2 right now and didn't want to calculate the points. :) I am going to try grating some orange zest with the original recipe and use SF apricot jelly. I have to be careful, I could make these more than the original 2 points then I am defeating my purpose. thank you for such a great recipe.

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  26. mmmm sound delish! I've tried something similar for pancakes:) cant wait to try this.http://elierey.blogspot.com/

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  27. OMG! This is a genius idea! My kids are banana and PB fanatics. I usually make them banana "boats" where I carve out a sliver of banana down the middle and fill it with PB and then top it with a few raisins. They love it. This sounds like another great idea. I can't wait to try it!

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  28. Definitely trying these. Look amazing!

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  29. oooooh these look so delicious and easy! Thanks!

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  30. Do you store the extras in the fridge?

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  31. can i use almond butter instead

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    1. I did and added cinnamon for a little more flavor.

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  32. Really? You like these? I made some today and I think they are strange tasting cookies. In my world cookies are sweet, these are not. Yes, they are healthier than real cookies but they have to have taste and these border on cardboard.

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    1. the bananas really need to be ripe (some brown on skins) to give them sweetness.

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    2. These are meant to be a healthy snack, not a dessert cookie. I have tons of real cookie recipes if that's what you want, but I wouldn't call them healthy.

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  33. True, these are not in the traditional cookie sense. Texture is very soft and a bit odd, but if you are looking for a guilt-free sweet treat, these are great. The banana sweetens them a little, the jelly sweetens them more. Not sweet enough? Add more jelly or go all out and dip in melted dark chocolate, add a few choc. chips to them before baking, coconut, raisins etc. It's a great base recipe that you can modify and make as healthy or unhealthy as you want.

    Wonder how these would be with pumpkin instead of banana. I added 2 tbsp of flax seed meal to the original recipe for a healthy boost and added texture. Probably could have added another tbsp or more.

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  34. Can't wait to make these for my family. My kids are going to love them :)

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  35. I must try this one. I love cookies and so are my friends.

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  36. I have to try this. Love cookies, oatmeal and peanut butter! Thanks for sharing!

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  37. I made these today and they are tasty. When they came out of the oven I put a dark chocolate disk in the center and allowed it to melt. Lovely

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  38. Just tried it, awesome recipe !

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  39. I only have regular oats and cannot get out to buy quick oats. Will this work with the regular version? Sounds yummy (and the idea to use pumpkin instead of banana is a great notion too, maybe with spices?). Thanks Gina!

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    1. Sorry, I just found out the answer to this question online: if I don't want my cookies to be chewier (which is ok with me), then I can just twirl my regular oats in the food processor a couple of times to make them smaller, like quick oats. :)

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  40. hi Gina!
    my first post - and i made these cookies last night on a whim bc i had an overripe banana! my boyfriend and i have been cutting calories and watching portions, and these are a great way to start the day! today i had my two cookies with a yogurt - so satisfying! even my coowrkers and mom liked them!

    thanks so much for your post - and website in general - i have begun to rely on your recipies to inspire my weekly meal plans and look forward to making the loaded sweet potato on thursday!!

    much appreciation,
    tori

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  41. I loved these cookies! I ate a whole batch in one seating :) i said, it's not toooo bad. Oatmeal, bananas, a little bit of PB can't be that bad? I made them again last night and added some raisins.

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  42. What a wonderful idea!! I love that they are so easy to make and use so few ingredients. I think I'd have to add some chocolate to these, but I do that to my bowl of oatmeal as well. Also like the idea of one of your commenters above to freeze ripe bananas until you're ready to use them. Brilliant!

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  43. I have these in the oven right now. I always have Teddy Chunky pb with flax for some extra goodness.

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  44. I have to try this. now.

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  45. I made these while my little ones napped today. I added a couple tablespoons of semi sweet chocolate chips. Delish!

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  46. Cannot wait to try these! Pregnant and craving PB&J but I have celiac disease - these are perfect!

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  47. Made these with my 3 year old daughter tonight.
    They were fast, easy and DELICIOUS!
    Enjoying them with a tall glass of milk (daughter) and wine (mommy)

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  48. I made these tonight. They were not that sweet. I should have used more ripe bananas, but for 1pp each I'll eat them.

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  49. Hi Gina - Do you prefer a certain brand of jelly and penut butter?

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  50. Hello Miss Gina,

    Long-time reader (or should I say, "lurker" here!) I believe this is my first comment but I wanted to thank you for sharing all of your wonderful recipes with us. I love your website and I look forward to your cookbook.

    I will definitely be trying this recipe as I love anything that has to do with peanut butter! xoxo Angela

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  51. These sound absolutely delicious. I adore the minimal ingredients!

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  52. Just threw in a batch w almond butter, coconut, craisins, vanilla extract and cinnamon!

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  53. Looks awsome! Have to try it out!

    http://pernillabredolt.com

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  54. I've been looking for a healthier substitute for the "no bake" cookies my sweetheart and I tend to gorge on, and these will certainly do the trick. I linked to your post at http://www.rawinthemiddle.com/link-love-11/

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  55. So these are so good!! Just devoured 4 of them. So much for potion control. Lol

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  56. Made these tonight, they are delicious!

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  57. what kind of peanut butter did you use? (what brand)

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  58. Can you use Instant Oats if you don't have Quick Oats? Also, I have no jelly! Doh!

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  59. wow! just wow! i just made them and omg, so so so good

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  60. These are so good!! Would they freeze well?

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  61. I made them last week and added mini choc chips. They came out so good and my hubs even loved them. I am making them again tonight or tomorrow and will omit the choc chips. I used Polaner All Fruit with Fiber Seedless Rasberry. Yum!

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    1. Ohh and I meant to add I added 2 teaspoons ground flas seed. I also threw my quick oats in my blender for a few seconds first.

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  62. I made these this morning they were very easy too make a tasted GREAT!!!

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  63. Can you use powdered peanut butter?

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  64. These look fabulous! Seriously cannot wait to try these. The flavors sound like they'll be delicious together. Thanks for sharing! (:

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  65. I just enjoyed these with an espresso for a perfect afternoon snack. Thanks so much for all your delicious, guilt-free recipes!

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