Jan 11, 2014

Super Simple Banana Oat Cookies. Vegan, Oil-free and Sugar-free!

I can’t take total credit for this recipe. It’s been floating around on Facebook for a while now, so I thought I’d give it a try. When I saw it, what I liked about it most was that there is no sweetener at all (other than the natural sweetness of the bananas and the raisins) and it uses minimal ingredients that most folks have in their cupboards. Plus, it’s insanely simple and quick to make!

So I whipped it all together and did a test cookie. Well… not so great. Only because the batter was so loose and wet that the cookie was rather gooey. A simple fix was to add a bit of almond flour to bind it all together. The texture is still a bit different, kind of springy, not crunchy at all. But the flavor will definitely keep your hand in the cookie jar! So there you have it. The Facebook cookies with a small adjustment.


  • 3 ripe (not overripe) bananas
  • 2 cups rolled oats (not quick cooking)
  • ⅓ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ¼ cup unsweetened non-dairy milk (I used soy)
  • ½ cup blanched almond flour (or any flour you prefer)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Mash the bananas and add all the remaining ingredients, mixing well.
  4. Drop the cookies onto the cookie sheet by 2 tablespoons full. 
  5. Flatten each cookie a bit.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes.
  7. Cool and serve!

Makes about 28 cookies. Enjoy!

Healthy trails,


13 responses to “Super Simple Banana Oat Cookies. Vegan, Oil-free and Sugar-free!”

  1. What I love about your recipe is that I have everything on hand to make these! Nothing wrong with a healthy soft cookie now is there?

  2. Helyn says:

    I agree, Tami! Be careful. They're so tasty. I had way too many! 🙂

  3. moonwatcher says:

    Hi Helyn! And Tami! 🙂 Nope, nothing wrong with a healthy soft cookie–except maybe eating too many of them! Though I didn't see this on facebook, I have my own version of these–with a couple other ingredients for a neat flavor and texture twist. Hope you'll check it out:

  4. Helyn says:

    Oooooh, those sound great, Maria! I like that you put pecans in there and PEARS! Yummy! I'll have to try this. Thanks for sharing!

  5. moonwatcher says:

    my pleasure, Helyn!! 🙂

  6. Kim Klein says:

    Hi Helen, I just finished my first batch of these cookies and I really liked them!! I made some changes and was quite pleased with them, however, adding pecans would be delicious!! So I used 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla, 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, 3/4 cup almond flour, and 8 drops of liquid stevia for more sweetness. The rest of the recipe stayed the same. I just signed up on your sight on Friday, and I really enjoyed learning more from the recipes you listed. I made the vanilla coffee creamer and ordered the Dandy drink online. Thanks for helping me begin to break out of the box of my thinking; my large family started on Dr. Fuhrman's plan a week ago and my husband dropped 9 pounds so far!!! This is a continuation for me and as the Lord allows, I hope to lose 30 more pounds; I am down 28 so far on Dr. Fuhrman's plan (I started last Feb. and then dropped off the plan). Now that 7 out of the 8 of us are on the plan, I intend to drop the rest of my weight and stay on it for good. It is easier when we are all on the same page (before I went it alone).

  7. Helyn says:

    Hi, Kim! Hey that's GREAT about your weight loss and getting back on the plan. Yes, it is SO much easier when everyone in the house is on the same page. I'm glad you're enjoying the recipes. Thanks for the feedback!!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Hi Helyn!
    I made these cookies the other day and they came out perfect! The only issue is stopping at one or two. The simplicity of this recipe is great.

  9. Helyn says:

    You're welcome Jeanne! Thanks for letting me know!

  10. Lynn says:

    Hi Helyn – These look great! I love how simple they are. Unfortunately I'm not able to have oats, even the gf kind. Do you think I could use quinoa flakes, with maybe some date paste instead of applesauce to bump up the sweetness?

  11. Helyn says:

    I'm not sure another grain would be "sticky" enough and that they would hold together as well. You can certainly try! What about rye flakes? They may work, too. Date paste sounds good and may also help in the hold factor. Let me know if you try it, how they turn out! Thanks.. xo

  12. Lynn says:

    Success! The date paste was just what I needed to stick it together and mask some of the quinoa flavor. I ended up omitting the milk and almond meal, and I used some chopped dates instead of raisins, but less than 1/2 cup to balance the lack of milk and flour. Great breakfast cookies!

  13. Helyn says:

    Yay! Thanks for letting me know, Lynn!

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