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Whole Grain Banana Bread Cookies

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These easy to make whole grain banana bread cookies are loaded with whole grains but they are still soft and delicious. They are good on their own, but even better topped with maple cream cheese frosting!

hand holding banana cookie with cream cheese frosting

      These tasty cookies are like having a two bite loaf of banana bread. They have all the flavor you want, super soft centers and they are much healthier than most cookies. You could very easily justify making them as a breakfast cookie or whip some up as a tasty dessert. No matter what time of day you enjoy them, they are sure to be a treat.

   I love cookies and I love banana bread.  So, with my most recent batch of overly ripe bananas, I just knew I had to merge the two.

mixer bowl of whole grain banana bread cookie dough.

    Have you  noticed I seem to have a lot of overripe bananas?  I might just do that on purpose!

  These cookies turned out soft and moist like banana bread, but in a easy to grab and go cookie form.

   Plus they are filled with fruit, whole wheat flour and oatmeal.  So they are practically a super food.

scoops of banana bread cookie dough on cookie sheet ready to bake.

 Of course a healthy dose of maple cream cheese frosting never hurt a thing. If that thing happens to be a cookie, it only helps!

    I took most of these to a hog roast, but kept a small plate of them at home.  To my surprise my husband ate more than half of the ones we kept.

   He is never the one eating more of his fair share of the sweets around here.  So I will take that as a compliment even if it meant fewer cookies for me!

banana bread cookies fresh from the oven.

Little Dude was no different. He asked if he and a friend could try one.

    A few minutes later we noticed him sneaking more off the counter. He is usually really good about asking, so he must have been entranced!

pink platter of frosted banana bread cookies with maple cream cheese frosting.

If you don’t have so many helpers around to ensure they disappear quickly, feel free to freeze part of the batch. The should keep up to a week on the counter or three months in the freezer.

The above storage times would be recommended without frosting.  If you plan to use the frosting and keep the cookies for an extended period of time, I would chill the frosting separately. Then frost the cookies when ready to enjoy them.

Hand holding healthy banana bread cookie with bite taken out of it showing soft interior.

If you like these, you’ll love my whole wheat banana bread recipe. Or check out the chunky monkey energy balls of you’d like a no bake way to use extra bananas.

Yield: 30 Cookies

Whole Grain Banana Bread Cookies

banana oatmeal cookies with maple cream cheese glaze

These easy to make cookies are loaded with whole grains but they are still soft and delicious. They are good on their own, but even better topped with maple cream cheese frosting!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 bananas, the riper the better
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 cups rolled oats

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400° F
  2. Cream together butter and brown sugar until it's light and fluffy. Add bananas and beat until smooth. Add egg and mix until fully incorporated.
  3. Stir together baking soda, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, flour and oatmeal. Mix into butter mixture.
  4. Drop onto baking sheets using a medium cookies scoop (about 2 tablespoons each). Bake for 8-10 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. Spread maple cream cheese frosting over them and enjoy!

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

30

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 101Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 85mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 1gSugar: 7gProtein: 2g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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These easy to make cookies are loaded with whole grains but they are still soft and delicious. They are good on their own, but even better topped with maple cream cheese frosting!

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Unknown

Sunday 25th of October 2015

These look so good, I have 3 overripe bananas in my fridge right now, so I think I may give these a try soon! Thanks for sharing at What'd You Do This Weekend?!

Carlee

Sunday 25th of October 2015

I hope you love them! Thanks for hosting!

Unknown

Thursday 22nd of October 2015

I love any kind of cookie with oats and wholewheat! These sound amazing! Thank you for sharing this with us at #SaucySaturdays!

Carlee

Thursday 22nd of October 2015

Me too! I think the extra chew and nuttiness is perfect for cookies! Thanks so much for hosting!

Jess

Tuesday 20th of October 2015

YUM! These sound amazing! I pinned them! :)

Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

Carlee

Wednesday 21st of October 2015

Thanks for hosting!

Unknown

Tuesday 20th of October 2015

Soooo this is brilliant! I love the mix you came up with. I'm such a sucker for anything banana bread and anything with cookies, and I mean, if these have fruit in them, they're obviously healthy so I can eat as many as I want, right, right? ;)

Carlee

Tuesday 20th of October 2015

Definitely! I won't tell you how many I had ;-)

Patti Estep @ Hearth and Vine

Tuesday 20th of October 2015

Wow, what a great idea. They look a little like my favorite cookie, the thumbprint. Great job making such a healthy treat. Thanks for linking up with Tips & Tricks and I hope to see you next week.

Carlee

Tuesday 20th of October 2015

It is fun to have a treat that you don't have to feel too guilty over!

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