Oatmeal Banana Cookies

by Nicki on February 23, 2009

in Frugal Food



I had a funny problem last week. As usual, I bought a large bunch of bananas when I went to do my weekly grocery shopping. The very next day, my sister sent a large bunch of bananas to my house with her girls; leaving me with about 20 bananas.

I gave them to the girls as much as possible, integrating them in different things but I just couldn’t use them fast enough. I truly dislike wasting food so it was time to get creative. Of course I knew I could make some banana bread but I was looking for something different. A friend suggested I make banana cookies. I did and we loved them! I decided to share this recipe with you because the ingredients are all things I had in my home already. Those recipes are the best! So here it is:

Oatmeal Banana Cookies

  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 cups oats
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/3 cup applesauce
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2-3 mashed bananas
  • chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Combine first 5 dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, cream both sugars, shortening and applesauce. Add to that the egg, vanilla and mashed bananas. Combine the wet and dry ingredients; mix well (batter will be pretty wet). Drop spoonfuls on a cookie sheet and bake for 12-14 minutes. 

You could add chocolate chips to the batter but I didn’t have enough to do that. I only had about 1/3 of a bag of them. So I melted them and drizzled the chocolate over the top. Perfect. Or you could leave the chocolate out altogether and sell them as “Breakfast Cookies!”

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1 Andrea February 23, 2009 at 3:22 am

Yum! Those look great!

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2 Kate February 23, 2009 at 4:25 pm

those look soooo delicious!! yummy!

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3 momstheword February 23, 2009 at 6:44 pm

Wow. These look really yummy! It’s just such a nice change from banana bread, you know?

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4 Sarah Burke February 25, 2009 at 11:28 am

I’m so glad you enjoyed them!

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5 Dee September 14, 2010 at 12:20 pm

WOW! They came out of the oven…just about cooled and are gone! The kids love them! This is going to be a regular treat in our house! Thanks for sharing the most delish cookie I have had in a long time!


6 Angie January 8, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Just what I was looking for. Can’t wait to try it out in 10 minutes!


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