PB & J Healthy Oatmeal Cookies

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

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!

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.
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PB & J Healthy Oatmeal Cookies

91 Cals 2.5 Protein 15 Carbs 3 Fats
Total Time: 30 mins
Yield: 8 servings
CUISINE: American
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.


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


  • 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.


Serving: 2cookies, Calories: 91kcal, Carbohydrates: 15g, Protein: 2.5g, Fat: 3g, Sodium: 19mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 5g
WW Points Plus: 2
Keywords: Gluten Free, Kid Friendly, Under 30 Minutes, Vegetarian Meals

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  1. I am obsessed with these! So easy to make a half batch and eat as a healthy snack. If I have fresh berries, I add a few to the top before baking, and of course I put jam on top. I have also substituted mini chocolate chips instead of the jam, and that is yummy!

    No, they are not crispy chewy cookies, but they are healthy and easy, and I love the soft texture.

  2. Can you use regular oats in place of Quick oats for cookie recipe?

  3. Will old fashioned oat work?

  4. I was SUPER excited to try this recipe – after all, what’s sounds better than pb & j cookies?? Plus the recipe was the easiest thing ever.
    BUT. . .they tasted like rubber. Maybe it was because I didn’t warm it up in the microwave, and this was a few days later?
    I did try the jam on it, which was honestly the best part. A little disappointed, but that may just be my fault.

  5. Awesome recipe and I added chia seeds to banana mixture for more nutritional value 

  6. What can I use in place of bananas.. I’m allergic

  7. I love this recipe! Recently I made it substituting Eden brand Spelt Flakes for the oatmeal and currants for the jam.  If you make a double batch, you can bake them, freeze them and have 2 or 3 heated 40 seconds in your microwave for breakfast.

  8. This was amazing!! We all loved them!!

  9. Could I use cashew , sunflower or almond butter you think??? Allergic to peanuts…i mite just give it a go lol hate to waste stuff tho lol

  10. Like the sound of thises cookies and want to make them…However it says serving size is 2 cookies BUT it doesnt’ say how many cookies the recipe makes….Need to know the number of servings in order to know how many cookies it makes so I don’t eat too many ……

  11. Could I used peanut butter chips

  12. Love these cookies! I can’t stop eating them. 😉
    Your idea to add peanut butter was brilliant!
    Thanks for another great recipe!

  13. I use sugar free polaner all fruit raspberry jelly.  Delicious!  

  14. My cookies smelled wonderful but the oatmeal was chewy soft. Not good.  I just noticed I used old fashioned and the recipient all’s for instant oatmeal.  Sis that make the difference?  Bananas peels were black and cookie not sweet.  I used Jiffy natural chunky PB.  Wanted to love these.  What should I change on my next try?  

  15. These cookies were right on the money. The banana and oearnut butter flavors stood out . Used raspberry jam oh…my goodness. Took about 5 minutes to prep quick and easy and so tasty

  16. Delicious cookies that are quick and easy and use up ripe bananas in a hurry! I will be keeping this recipe around.

  17. I made ones with walnuts and chocolate chip last week and we loved them. Will try these ones today. Thanks for the delicious and healthy recipes!

  18. My toddler loved having cookies for breakfast! We will definitely make these often.

  19. How long can you store these for?

  20. I love PB&J so these cookies are fantastic!  So easy. 

  21. I would like to make these cookies but I do have a question. Could I use rasisin and figs?

  22. Absolutely love these! I did make them with gluten free oats and they taste great. I froze most of them, pop them in the microwave to soften them up and they are a great breakfast. Good for an afternoon sweet treat as well! Thank you so much for sharing your gifts!

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  24. You say that they have to be eaten straight from the oven. Is it possible to keep them in the fridge or even freeze them. Thanks for all your great recipes.

  25. Hello what amount of the cookies is the above calorie count for?

  26. A favorite to make in my kitchen when I have an overripe banana! Such a great snack and if you don’t put the jelly on, the cookies will last longer in the fridge. Great snack and always satisfying!

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  29. I topped mine with blackberries instead. Even healthier! ????

  30. Oh my goodness whaaaaaat, for sure making these this weekend!

  31. I forgot to say that I freeze really ripe bananas just to be able to make them at a minute's notice. It is a great way to use my homegrown bananas.

  32. Gina, these are so good! Sometimes I eat them for breakfast on the go. My granddaughter loves them in her lunch box. I feel like such a fun grandma!

  33. These are an amazing diet cookie! I have now made them twice and love them. I use a no sugar homemade jam since store bought jam is so high in sugars. To those that posted these are not a cookie, no they are not, it's a low cal snack to curb to sweet cravings. It works! Thanks.

  34. I made them last night and they were absolutely AMAZING! My husband, which by the way is a cookie expert 😉 , thought they were incredibly delicious. Thanks a bunch!

  35. I usually make something like this when I have bananas I need to use but I haven't ever tried them with PB&J. Can't wait to try them tomorrow! Thanks!

  36. I made these today for my hubby cos he love peanuts and jelly. I only made 5, bc I tried several other cookie/bar recipes which required PB and he ate all 5 ^^

    Great Thanks from Germany

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

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

  39. Can you use powdered peanut butter?

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

  41. 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!

    • 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.

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

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

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

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

  46. Made these tonight, they are delicious!

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

  48. 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/

  49. Looks awsome! Have to try it out!


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

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

  52. 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

  53. Hi Gina – Do you prefer a certain brand of jelly and penut butter?

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

  55. 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)

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

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

  58. I have to try this. now.

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

  60. 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!

  61. 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.

  62. 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,

  63. 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!

    • 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. 🙂

  64. Just tried it, awesome recipe !

  65. 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

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

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

  68. Can't wait to make these for my family. My kids are going to love them 🙂

  69. 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.

  70. 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.

  71. can i use almond butter instead

  72. Do you store the extras in the fridge?

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

  74. Definitely trying these. Look amazing!

  75. 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!

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

  77. 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.

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

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

  80. 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!

  81. Do you have the nutritional information for these?

  82. 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.


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

  84. 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…

    • 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!

      • I used old fashioned oats and didn’t put them in the food processor and they turned out great!

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

  86. 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!

  87. I added a little cinnamon. call me crazy….. yummy!

  88. Could you use PB2 powder?

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


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

  91. Ah, gotta love healthy simple things 😀 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*

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

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

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

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

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

  97. These look awesome! Why didn't I buy bananas last night? 🙁

  98. 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.

  99. 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!

  100. 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!!


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