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Healthy Banana Cookies | www.tasteandtellblog.com

I have to say right up front – I DID NOT LIKE THESE COOKIES.

I understand that a lot of people don’t always read through a blog post, and really, that’s ok. But I’m known to blog about a recipe that I don’t like from time to time, and I have to laugh when I post about a recipe that didn’t work, and someone will make it and email me about how horrible it was. So just know, this is one of those recipes that didn’t work out for me!

So why post about a recipe that I didn’t like? Well, first of all, I would hate for someone to find this same recipe and make it and find that they have wasted their time and ingredients. Also, the main reason I’m posting this, is because I would love for any of you to share your “healthy” cookie recipes with me. My husband is a cookie addict. So I’m making cookies quite often. But we all know that eating cookies every day is probably not the best thing for any of us. So when I saw this recipe, I thought – wonderful! A cookie I can make and not feel too terrible about. But I did not like them at all. The texture was weird, and even though I added a little more sugar and some mini chocolate chips, the sweetness was just all off. But I would love to have a at least semi-healthy cookie recipe on hand for when we just need to fill that cookie craving! So share with me!

Healthy Banana Cookies
adapted from allrecipes.com

Makes about 3 dozen cookies

3 ripe bananas
2 cups rolled oats
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350F.

In a large bowl, mash the bananas. Stir in the oats, sugar, vegetable oil, vanilla and chocolate chips. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake for 20 minutes or until lightly brown.

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14 Responses to Healthy Banana Cookies

  1. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    A great idea! They must taste really good!



  2. Ingrid says:

    Bummer about the recipe not working. It is very fustrating, wasting time and food like that.

    I appreciate you letting us know and I like reading about the failures and bad recipes. It helps me grow and learn as a baker and cook!

    Happy Monday!

  3. Ben says:

    Hmm, the list of ingredients reminded me of the breakfasts my mom used to eat when she was on a diet… a bowl of oats with warm water and a sliced banana. I don't think that's what I want for a cookie, LOL. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I'll keep away from these. And as far as healthy cookie recipes… well, I have never associated cookies with healthy, LOL. But how about a whole-wheat cookie? I have no idea if that'd work but I think is worth the try :-\

  4. Abby says:

    The first comment here kinda proves your point. HA.

    Yeah – they don't really look so great. I try to post bad things, too, once in awhile to show that I'm not perfect in the kitchen! And that things just don't always work out.

  5. Maria says:

    Thanks for being honest:)

  6. Grace says:

    oh rosa–doh! 🙂
    i see the problem here. the ratio of bananas to chocolate needs to be reversed. 🙂

  7. Lara says:

    I have taken to substituting flax seed for butter 3:1. (I'd been using applesauce, but the cookies were always flat) The flax adds a little bit of a texture to the cookie, but I didn't mind. Start with substituting 1/3 of the butter then work up from there if you like it. I can't bring myself to buy the whole wheat flour, so I make oatmeal cookies with chocolate chips and cherries.

  8. custom desk says:

    This is a nice idea! I wonder what the taste is! Got to try!

  9. Claire says:

    You know…bananas have a sweetness all their own and sometimes adding sugar to that with nothing to counteract it (i.e. flour) can make for a strange sweetness! Kind of doesn't surprise me that the flavor was off…sorry you didn't like them. I made some cookies last night that I literally had to throw in the trash…grrs! They had potential but just didn't cook well (pumpkin snickerdoodles…doesn't that sound just fun!?).

  10. rosemary says:

    Always gives me comfort knowing that things dont necessarily have to be perfect everytime in the kitchen. Sometimes I go to bed frustrated when things dont turn out well. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Kim says:

    Sorry to hear that they didn't work out. My son is allergic to wheat and nuts so I would see these and think they would be perfect for him. Thanks for the heads up! I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

  12. Lauren says:

    I think you need to look here: http://www.101cookbooks.com/cookies/

    cookie index at the 101 cookbooks blog! She always cooks and bakes so health-fully (is that a word?) and I am sure any of her cookies would be delish! Good luck!

  13. eatme_delicious says:

    That's too bad you didn't like these! As for health cookies, you can try these: http://www.eatmedelicious.com/2009/07/energy-cookies.html (which I've made and are good). Or these http://viveleveganrecipes.blogspot.com/2009/04/super-charge-me-cookies.html (which I haven't made but I've heard are good). And check out the book Sweet Freedom by Ricki Heller (Diet Dessert and Dogs) – her healthier version of baking recipes are so good!! You can also see what cookie recipes she has on her blog.

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