banana oatmeal raisin cookies

These were originally meant to be just plain, old oatmeal raisins (healthified), but when I added the mashed banana they tasted so much like banana bread that banana had to take first place in the title. Even Erica tried them yesterday and said, “These taste like banana bread.” See?

They’re cake-like too, adding to the banana bread experience. They’re the perfect pre or post workout snack and very customizable. Don’t like raisins? Add chocolate chips! Mmm, then you’d have chocolate banana bread cookies…I think I need to try that.
Banana Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
(makes 12, based on this recipe)
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp cinnamon
pinch of salt
1 ripe banana
1 egg
1 tbs olive oil
1/4 cup cane sugar or brown sugar (I used a little less, and they were still just as sweet!) 
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup plain, nonfat yogurt
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup oats
1/2 cup raisins
Whisk the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder and soda, cinnamon and salt. In another bowl, mash the banana with the egg, oil, sugar, honey, yogurt and vanilla. Add to the dry ingredients. Fold in the oats and raisins. Refrigerate dough for an hour (this yields better consistency and flavor!) and drop teaspoonfuls of the batter onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 350 degrees for about 12 minutes, or until golden around the edges. 
My Uncle Rich (the Italian professor) is visiting this weekend with 18 of his American study abroad students. We’re giving them a tour of Barletta and some surrounding towns! I can’t wait to see their excited, study abroad faces. If you did it in college, wasn’t it the best time ever? I'll make sure to share some photos of the weekend in Instagram. :)

P.S. More healthy dessert recipes: Double Chocolate (Secret Ingredient) Brownies and Chewy No-Bake Granola Bars!


  1. YUMMMMM i need to make these soon! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

  2. This is exactly what I want. A healthy cookie without a lot of fat or sugar. Perfect.

  3. Anonymous3/06/2014

    Cookies for the Study Abroad students?? Wow are they in for a treat!! haha....
    My son study abroad in London in 2012. Had such a wonderful experience that he is now back studying for the next 3 years!!

  4. banana bread cookies!? banana bread is one of my favorite things in the world, and adding chocolate chips to this would be AMAZING! I've bookmarked this recipe thanks for sharing.


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