Nutritious Treats

Healthy Peanut Butter Banana Cookies

These healthy peanut butter banana cookies are super soft, made with simple ingredients and sweetened naturally. They can be made gluten-free and vegan too!

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For as long as I can remember I’ve eaten peanut or almond butter plus a banana and an egg for breakfast! If you follow me on Instagram then you’ve seen this combination on my stories a million times. It’s seriously what I crave when I wake up and believe it or not I rarely get tired of it!

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My mom on the other hand hates peanut butter and claims it’s because she made me peanut butter sandwiches every day in grade school. I seriously wouldn’t eat anything else! Maybe peanut butter lovers are just born with it?! Tell me I’m not the only one!

I decided to take my love of peanut butter and bananas together and make them into a cookie. I wanted them to be soft, reminiscent of banana bread and have that smooth peanut butter flavor that we all know and love. Born were these cookies. They are soft, fluffy, and extra delicious with a little melted peanut butter drizzled on top!

This peanut butter banana cookie recipe is sweetened naturally with ripe bananas, and maple syrup. The chocolate chips are the only other source of sweetness. They’re not overly sweet and have a soft texture that reminds me of banana bread.

I’m always trying to create treats with a little more nutrition and a little less sugar and these cookies are a perfect example of how that can still be super delicious!

These cookies can be made gluten-free by using gluten-free oat flour and vegan by using a flax egg instead of a regular egg.

Ingredients You Need To Make Healthy Peanut Butter Banana Cookies

  • ripe bananasthe spottier the better!
  • oat flourIf you don’t have oat flour you can pulse oatmeal in a blender or food processor until it resembles flour . Use gluten free oat flour to make these cookies gluten free.
  • creamy unsweetened peanut butter I buy the one from Whole Foods with the brown lid and use it in all of my recipes!
  • maple syrup
  • coconut oil
  • cinnamon
  • eggto make these cookies vegan, substitute the egg for a flax egg using my recipe in the notes section.
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • chocolate chips – My favorite ones are from this brand.

equipment / utensils:

How To Make Homemade Oat Flour

No oat flour at home? No problem! Making oat flour is super easy. All you need are old-fashioned oats!

To make oat flour, simply add old-fashioned oats to a blender and blend on high until flour begins to form. You want to make sure you blend until there aren’t any big oats pieces left and everything is a smooth fine texture.

Why Would Peanut Butter Cookies be Dry

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Healthy Peanut Butter Banana Cookies

Maggie Michalczyk, RDN
Ripe bananas on your countertop?! Perfect time to make these healthy peanut butter banana cookies that are fluffy, delicious, and made with simple ingredients!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 11 mins
Servings 18 cookies

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened creamy peanut butter
  • 1 egg*
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil melted
  • 1 cup bananas mashed (roughly 2 medium to large ripe bananas)
  • 1 1/2 cup oat flour**
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a baking mat.
  • In a bowl use a fork to mash your two ripe bananas.
  • Add the peanut butter, egg, maple syrup, and melted coconut oil. Mix together
  • In a separate small bowl, whisk the oat flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry until combined. Fold in chocolate chips.
  • Use a cookie scoop to portion cookies out onto the baking sheet and bake for 11-12 minutes.
  • Remove, let cool, and enjoy!

Notes

*Make this recipe vegan by using a flax egg in place of an egg. To make a flax egg simply combine 1 tbsp of ground flaxseed with 3 tbsp. of water, mix and let stand for a few minutes before adding in with the wet ingredients.
**Make these cookies gluten-free by using gluten0free oat flour.
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8 thoughts on “Healthy Peanut Butter Banana Cookies

  1. Just made these tonight and both my husband and I really liked them! I loved that it had a strong peanut butter flavor… I’m a huge PB fan 🙂 The only thing I did differently was reduce the amount of choc chips slightly. Can’t wait to eat more of these for breakfast in the morning!

    1. So glad to hear that! Thanks for making them! I love PB too, so I wanted that to really come through in this recipe!

  2. I made these the other night because I had some bananas that we’re needing to be used or frozen, and because I was finally able to get baking soda again (a fail EVERY TIME I’ve ordered it during the pandemic). My husband and I loved the texture of the cookies. The peanut butter we used wasn’t top quality (again, pandemic), so the cookies didn’t taste like peanuts OR bananas, but they were still pretty tasty (especially 24 hours later). I’ll be saving this recipe and making it again.

  3. I’ve never used an online cookie recipe I liked more than this one. This fits my style to a T. Lots of nutrition and no sugar, easy to make and they are really delicious. I have also never written a recipe review before so believe me when I say these knocked my socks off. I substituted pumpkin pie spice mix and doubled it for a bit more flavor and omitted the chips so I wouldn’t eat them all at once. Thank you!!

  4. Made these with my little girl. I used a nut butter instead of peanut because its what i had. They turned out great! I love that they taste like banana bread so eating them at 6am seems like a good choice! Cant wait to have my other daughter try them and our neighbors i share with!! Will be making again