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A banana & chocolate chip cookie – made a little healthier!

It seems like these days, we can’t get through a bunch of bananas before they get too ripe. Granted – I only like them when they are just at that spot where they are no longer green, but not brown at all yet. It’s all about the texture – I don’t like them when they get mushy. My husband, on the other hand, only likes them when they’ve started to turn brown. But regardless, we always end up with a banana or two that get too ripe for either of us.

I’ve made my fair share of banana bread. (I actually have an amazing version coming up soon!!) And I’ve tried to make “healthy” banana cookies before. But it was a failure. So much of a failure that I haven’t been tempted to try banana cookies again – until now. I saw this recipe and knew that I had to give banana cookies another try. And these are made with whole wheat flour and only 2 tablespoons of butter in the entire batch, so they are a bit more healthy than a normal chocolate chip cookie.

These were a hit. The only complaint I had was a personal one. I used bananas that were way ripe – like the completely black bananas – and they had that extra extra sweet banana taste to them. I think if I would have used a banana that was spotted brown, these would have been absolutely perfect!

Chocolate Chip Banana Cookies
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Ripe bananas are combined with chocolate chips in these whole wheat cookies.
Serves: about 30 cookies
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ½ up unpacked brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ heaping cup mashed banana (about 1 small banana)
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups oats
  • ¾ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or grease lightly.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and both sugars. Add the egg, followed by the banana and the vanilla.
  4. Stir in the flour mixture and the oats, just until combined. Mix in the chocolate chips.
  5. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes, or until lightly brown on the edges. Do not overbake!
  6. Let cool on the baking sheet for 3 to 4 minutes, then remove to a baking rack to cool completely.
adapted from Cookie and Kate

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12 Responses to Chocolate Chip Banana Cookies

  1. Yay, I’m so glad you enjoyed the cookies! I’m making a batch of them this weekend for my friend’s baby shower. I love that they have less fat than the average chocolate chip cookie, but they don’t taste like they are reduced fat. Yum!

  2. Katrina says:

    Mmm these sound lovely! It’s the perfect recipe to not feel bad about eating cookies for breakfast!

  3. I have a bunch of over ripe bananas in my freezer that I need to use up. I have never tried them in cookie form but these sound fantastic!

  4. Alli says:

    I love cookies with banana! I make some with oatmeal but, I would like to try the whole wheat.

  5. Joanne says:

    You and I are EXACTLY the same about bananas! Which means that they’re basically good for about a day and then I want nothing to do with them. Other than make cookies of course! These look fantastic!

  6. because I have NO self control around cookies, I need some healthier options! 🙂 making these soon!

  7. Heather says:

    They look so good and another way for me to use up over-ripe bananas. I also have tried those “healthy” banana cookies and they weren’t good. The entire pan went in the trash.

  8. Ashley says:

    These look so yummy and I want them right now.

  9. Sheena. says:

    these look great. i get sick of making banana bread, and have wanted to make cookies. i made banana cookies once, but they were very cake like. what is the texture on these cookies? these look like they have a pretty substantial texture.

    • Deborah says:

      Sheena – these definitely have the texture of a cookie from the oatmeal. I’ve made banana cookies before that were cake like, but these ones feel like a cookie!

  10. branny says:

    I feel the exact same way about bananas and ripeness. My husband feels the exact same way as your husband about bananas and ripeness.

    Ugh. Having bananas ripening to that awful brown color actually stresses me out!

  11. Heather says:

    Ok. Best cookie I have ever tasted in my life. I was really excited to try a banana oatmeal recipe and this recipe totally exceeded my expectations. Thank you. Thank you for putting up this recipe. It’s my new favorite!

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