Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Banana-Nut Oatmeal Cookies

Do you ever buy too many bananas to ensure that you’ll have some that are over-ripe to bake with?  Yeah, I don’t do that either…just wondering!  Anyway, I just happened to have about eight over-ripe bananas last week and couldn’t decide what to do with them.  Really, the options are so incredible endless!  I just love bananas in any form and these cookies are no exception.  Paul and I have both been on a bit of an oatmeal kick lately.  He’s been eating it for breakfast every day with fresh berries (which, by the way are so good already!) And I , well, I’ve been baking all things oatmeal, putting oatmeal in yogurt, eating plain oatmeal…you get the idea.  So much so that I bought this nine pound box of oatmeal at Sam’s:
Hopefully this ridiculous amount of oats will last a little while!  So on to the cookies…I slightly adapted this recipe from a couple of weeks ago.  They turned out so moist and chewy and, again, they were devoured just like the blueberry cookies!  This is one of my favorite recipes, I think I have it memorized…I hope you enjoy it too!

Banana-Nut Oatmeal Cookies (printable recipe)

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 Tb honey
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cup mashed banana (or more to taste)
  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups oats
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon (or more to taste)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Sift the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon into a large bowl and set aside, add the oats and walnuts and combine.
2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugars on medium speed until smooth.
3. Reduce speed and add the egg, honey and vanilla and banana and whip until all incorporated.
4. Turn the mixer off, add the dry ingredients and slowly turn the mixer back on.  This step is sometimes easier to do by hand.
5. Place rolled balls of the dough on lined cookie sheets and bake at 350 degrees for about 8 minutes.   Transfer to a wire rack to cool.  The recipe will make about 3 dozen cookies.


11 Responses to “Banana-Nut Oatmeal Cookies”

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    Katrina — March 23, 2011 @ 2:21 pm

    You are such an encourager! Thanks for stopping by my blog!! I'm glad you like the Easter Egg Hunt cookies!! ♥- Katrina

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    baking.serendipity — March 23, 2011 @ 5:50 pm

    Banana and oatmeal is such a fantastic combination 🙂 Sometimes when I buy extra bananas, they end up eaten anyway! And other times, I have so many extra ripe bananas that I don't know what to do with them all. this is definitely a keeper recipe for the second situation!

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    Tammy — March 23, 2011 @ 5:52 pm

    These cookies look wonderful and healthy! You have such a lovely blog by the way!


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    Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels — March 23, 2011 @ 8:07 pm

    These cookies look soooo good! I am definitely adding thess to my must make recipes list. I seriously wish I had a dozen of them right now. I LOVE oats! 🙂

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    Molly @ Toffee Bits and Chocolate chips — March 24, 2011 @ 1:17 pm

    I always have bananas that are over-ripe! yummm! Will have to try these!

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    Lizzy — March 24, 2011 @ 6:41 pm

    Oh, I just love oatmeal cookies! A new recipe is just the excuse I need to make another batch 🙂

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    Angie's Recipes — March 26, 2011 @ 1:12 am

    Love the combination of flavours in those cookies! They are so much healthier too.

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    Lori — March 28, 2011 @ 6:24 am

    These sound great! I'm always looking for ways to use up bananas. It seems there is always one that just doesn't get eaten before it's past its prime.

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    Beth Michelle — April 3, 2011 @ 1:58 am

    What a great combination of flavors! These look so good!

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    Angela@RecipesFromMyMom — April 3, 2011 @ 7:57 am

    Love these flavors together. We have a banana oatmeal cookie that we sandwich with peanut butter and marshmallows – totally a fluffer-nutter nod to Elvis.

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    RavieNomNoms — April 4, 2011 @ 10:03 am

    YUM! I love that these are banana nut oatmeal cookies…I get kind of bored with the same old oatmeal raisin, probably because I don't like raisins much in my baked goods haha. These look awesome!

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