Moist and Chewy Banana Oatmeal Cookies

These Banana Oatmeal Cookies are hands down the best banana flavored cookie I’ve ever had. Not only are they moist and chewy for days, they are unmistakably banana-y.

Banana Oatmeal Cookies

Banana can be one of those flavors that can get lost when you bake with it. It can be really subtle flavor. It always bums me out when that happens, because I LOVE the taste of banana. And so does the hubs.

So when good flavored banana treats come along, we go a little crazy for them.

These cookies make the list of banana things to go crazy for. Without a doubt.

Banana Oatmeal Cookies

And they’re so moist, they almost melt in your mouth. Plus, with both banana and oats in them, they’re basically healthy, right? 😉 And perfect for breakfast!

Making them is just as easy as eating them.

You’ve got the usual suspects – butter, brown sugar, white sugar, an egg, vanilla and mashed bananas. You start by mixing all those lovely ingredients together.

Banana Oatmeal Cookies

I must warn you. The smell of that mixture – with the banana – is intoxicating. The hubs was in the kitchen making the dough with me (we made a deal that included him baking with me) and we both had to work hard to not put our faces, or a straw, straight into it.

Then you add all the dry ingredients (which means you only use one bowl – yay!) and mix it all together!

To bake them, spoon out about a tablespoon of dough and make a thick disc, rather than a ball. They spread a bit when baking, so don’t put them too close together. Bake them for about 10-12 minutes for a nice, moist cookie. So yummy!

Banana Oatmeal Cookies

One other thing I love about this recipe is where it came from.

My grandmother (my dad’s mom) passed away in 2008. After I started baking a lot a few years ago, my uncle gave me her cookbook that he’d had and didn’t use. I’ve had it on my list to make a number of her desserts ever since.

My dad and I made her gaufrettes (a French cookie – my great grandparents were French) a year or so ago. It was a tradition for my grandmother to make them every Christmas! She gave everyone a big tin of them, which was quite a feat with 6 sons.

Banana Oatmeal Cookies

I now know just how much of a feat it was! My goodness. She made them with a traditional gaufrette iron that goes over an open flame. My dad and I had them on the stove. They cook very quickly and you have to be precise. Too little time and they kind of disintegrated into the iron. Too long and they burned into the iron and we had to wash it out.

My dad was pouring the batter and removing the cookies, I was working the iron, the hubs was timing things. It took quite a few tries to get it right, but they were so good! I’ve tried to make them again on my own and it never works. I’d love to share the recipe, but the dang irons are so hard to find. And expensive. At some point, I’d like to just make a cookie with the same gaufrette flavor.

Banana Oatmeal Cookies

For now though, I’m sharing these cookies. I don’t think I ever had them when she made them, but they are from her book.

It’s such a fun recipe book to look through, too. There are so many handwritten pages, clippings and newspaper recipes that were taped into the book. I love the way they used to write recipes in the paper – they had the person who submitted it’s name and cute little stories. It’s so fun to read through them! What a different time in the world!

Banana Oatmeal Cookies
Banana Oatmeal Cookies

Anyways, I don’t really know where this recipe came from. The paper looks like it was on a flier from their square dancing group or something (they were big into square dancing). It’s definitely from West Virginia, where they lived.

Either way, I’m so glad to finally share a recipe from her book with you! I made a few changes to make them thicker and puffier and they are delicious. There will be more to come from her recipe book, but for now enjoy the banana. :)

Banana Oatmeal Cookies

Banana Oatmeal Cookies

Yield: makes 34-36 cookies


3/4 cup salted butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup mashed bananas
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp ground cloves
2 tsp cornstarch
3 cups old fashioned oats


1. Mix together butter, brown sugar, sugar, egg, vanilla extract and mashed bananas until well combined.
2. Add flour, cinnamon, baking soda, cloves and cornstarch and mix until combined.
3. Stir in oats.
4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
5. Spoon tablespoons of dough onto a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper. Flatten dough a little bit, into thick discs. They will spread a little when baked.
6. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until edges just start to golden.
7. Remove from oven and cool on cookie sheet for 3-4 minutes, then move to cooling rack to finish cooling.
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  1. I love banana cookies, and these look so wonderful!

  2. I love the story behind the cookies, and I’m especially a fan of the “preserving children” recipe. That sounded like a winner!
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    • says:

      Thanks Holly! I love the preserving children recipe too – so fun how they used to have stuff like that in the newspaper. It was great to meet you at BYBC! :)

  3. Recipes from grandmothers are the best. My grandmother totally clipped recipes and wrote them all down from her friends too! I wouldn’t mind trying some banana cookies!
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  4. You are such a genius! I love this idea for regular cookies, not just breakfast ones. Mmm, I can almost taste them!
    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust recently posted…Lemon Gooey BarsMy Profile

  5. Lindsay, I love these cookies. They look so flavorful! And I also love your stories of your family cooking together!! That is what I am all about! What a great clip in there about the “recipe to preserve children”!! That is just precious, and still rings true today! It was great to meet you in person last weekend at BYBC!!
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  6. I loved reading about your grandmother!! Someday I hope I’m remembered as fondly by my children and grandcgildren(gasp!)! And these cookies sound just lovely! I love when the banana flavor isn’t lost in a recipe too!!
    Jocelyn@BruCrew Life recently posted…Chocolate Cinnamon RollsMy Profile

    • says:

      Thanks Jocelyn! I hope my kids (when we have them) remember me that way too! I’d say we’re on our way to being remembered for our baking, at least. :)

  7. That is such a cool recipe origin story! I almost never see banana cookies so it’s great that you posted a recipe :). I also agree that these are perfectly acceptable to eat for breakfast haha.
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    • says:

      Thanks Rebecca! I knew as I soon as I saw this recipe that I need to make them – I love banana!

  8. I could call these breakfast!! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!
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  9. Featuring you today over on my blog! Thank you so much for linking up to {wow me} wednesday!

    Ginger @

  10. I made the banana oatmeal cookies this morning – heavenly! I doubled the batch, tucked half into the freezer! These are delicious and a great use of bananas for those tired of banana bread! Thank you for sharing!

  11. These are awesome!!!! I made two cakes with the mix and blogged about it! I linked te recipe back here! I hope that’s ok? I didn’t publish the recipe just told my readers where to find the original.

  12. Courtney says:

    I just whipped up a batch of these and they are fantastic! I love the banana flavor. The only thing that would make them better, in my opinion, are some walnuts or pecans. I will be sure to add nuts next time I bake these! :)

  13. Just made these for our co-op tomorrow! I was looking for something non-chocolate to go with the chocolate chip cookies, since there’s always one person who doesn’t like chocolate. They’re delightful.

  14. I found your blog searching for a banana recipe that wasn’t banana bread and wasn’t just another TWIST on banana bread! I don’t consider chocolate-chip banana bread or zucchini banana bread a large enough deviation. We have company coming tomorrow and I want to give them something unique! This fits the bill! I’m making these cookies first thing in the morning, in time for them to enjoy them and a fresh cuppa for breakfast.
    Thank you very much for sharing this special recipe!

  15. Just found your Banana Oatmeal Cookie recipe today. I can’t wait to make them. I also love your story and picture of the newspaper clipping for Preserving Children. The recipe for the Black Walnut Pineapple bars on that same clipping sounds awesome. Would you mind sharing that recipe? Thanks

  16. I just made these and they are delicious!!
    This makes a lot of cookies – and as always anything
    banana tastes better the next day.
    Thank you for the wonderful story and fabulous recipe.

  17. Just to be clear are you referring to 1/4 tsp of ground cloves? (not whole, right?) sandra

  18. I am drowning in over-ripe bananas at this moment, and your cookie recipe sounds like the answer to my prayers. Made with ingredients I already have in the house. God bless you, and your grandmother, for this recipe. Thank you so much.

  19. We had a whole bunch of over ripe bananas and just bought some good Irish oats. It was so cold, rainy and dreary yesterday so it was a perfect time to bake to make the house cozy, warm and fill the air with fresh baked goodness. Your recipe was a godsend and perfect! I love the story behind the recipe that yielded very moist cookies with wonderful banana flavor. ♡

  20. Just combined your banana and strawberry blueberry white chocolate chip recipes together. Oh my! Brought back memories from my childhood! Amazing! Try it!

  21. Thank you for sharing this piece of your grandmothers history and love, i understand how it feels to bake a comforting memory/meal of a loved one passed on….i know she is up in the heavens smiling away…probably bragging about how thats her recipe your trying and her pan…or yelling instructions…like grandmothers do! Bless you for sharing, now when i bake these, ill think of your grandmother too and thank her…i would have never thought to combine these ingredients…

  22. I love these cookies! Thank you for sharing your recipe. I followed the recipe just right, But I added walnuts as well. They turned out fabulous! Nice and soft, not chewy or hard, and wonderful banana flavor. I am taking them to a meeting with me tomorrow. I will be making more after the meeting so I can have some at home!

    • To add to my comment.. I very much enjoyed your blog with your story. How wonderful to have such a gift from your grandmother. And how sweet the “Recipe for Preserving Children” That’s a keeper for sure.

  23. I just made these cookies and when my husband tasted the first one, he asked “Is there any salt in this recipe?” I didn’t taste them (am gluten free) but I must admit I wondered about this when making them. I found it unusual there was no salt in this recipe. Is my husband the only one that can taste the ommission of salt?

    • says:

      I’m sorry about that Cathy. I usually use salted butter in my recipes, unless otherwise stated. I can see how that’d be confusing though. I’ll update the recipe so that it’s clear.

  24. Adeleigh McGee says:

    I tried this recipe and they taste wonderful! The only thing is that they didn’t stay in cookie form. As soon as I tried to take them off the cookie sheet, they all crumbled. So now I just have a huge pile of delicious, but frustrating cookie crumbs. This was just the first batch though. Can I add anything to the next batches to keep them together?

    • says:

      Hmmm, that’s strange. Did you let them cool a bit before taking them off of the cookie sheet? Sometimes cookies will crumble if they’re still to warm to hold together. Maybe try letting them cool for a few minutes.

  25. What a wonderful story and fabulous recipe! Thank you so much for sharing! I made these tonight and they are sooo good. I added in a few chocolate chips to the mix as well to get in my chocolate fix. These will make a great snack to go with the kids to school.
    Leah Crowe recently posted…Band Trip adventuresMy Profile

  26. Thank you so much for the recipe. I was looking online for something to do with the over ripe bananas I had since my husband is not a fan of banana bread. These are delicious. My 9 month old liked them too! The recipe as is made 48. I put chocolate chips in the last 12 :) Thanks again!!

  27. I will definetly try baking this! Ms. Lindsay, is your salted butter melted or softened?

  28. Will this recipe work as muffins, too?
    Kay @ Goaloflosing recently posted…I Miss WorkingMy Profile

  29. These are too sweet for me! Warning to anyone who doesn’t like a super sweet oatmeal cookie!
    Beautiful recipe, though! I’ll have to try again with less sugar … and I forgot the salt :p


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