Healthy banana cookies are decadent enough to be an after-dinner dessert but nutritious enough to enjoy for breakfast. Kids love that they’re sweet and look like treats, moms love that they are serving a healthy cookie without the hassle.
Do you know what’s the cutest thing to hear in the world?
A 2 year old saying ‘cookie’. Right now when Owen says it, it sounds something like “KEE-KEE” and you guys. Heart melting.
And, you know what’s undeniably LESS cute?
A 2 year old saying “KEE-KEE” over and over and over and over and crying and screaming, because he’s 2 and doesn’t quite get that cookies aren’t a breakfast food.
Enter: healthy banana cookies!
Thankfully, another thing I’ve learned as a mother is that life is made of compromises.
These healthy banana cookies are the perfect treat – sugar free, full of whole grains, fruit, and healthy fats. You can release the mom guilt and serve them as a breakfast recipe for kids.
Tips for making healthy banana cookies:
- The riper the banana, the more sugar it has. We buy tons of bananas a week. I just freeze any that start to get into questionable territory, saving them for cookies, banana bread, and, of course, veggie smoothies.
- You can use all honey or all maple syrup for this. I like to mix it up and use both because why not. Remember that babies under 1 cannot eat honey.
- Feel free to use or omit the nut butter. You can also use a seed butter to avoid nut allergies. I’ve done both and likes both.
- Use any combination of nuts and chips you’d like – you can completely leave the nuts and chocolate chips out, or stick to dark chocolate.
- For easy portioning, use a small cookie scoop to get the batter to a cookie sheet. If you don’t have one, just scoop with 2 spoons, as the batter is sticky.
Substitutions for these banana cookies:
Make your healthy banana cookies fit your family’s diet by using some substitutions. The best part is how versatile this recipe is!
- Nut butter: you can use any nut or seed butter you’d like or omit altogether. Omitting will make it a fluffier cookie.
- Chocolate: you can omit, use dark chocolate for reduced sugar, or use a vegan variety to make it dairy-free. Cacao nibs would also be a nutrition-packed option. Mini m&ms would also be a fun substitution.
- Butter: use coconut oil to make dairy free. Just melt it down the same way you would with butter.
- Gluten: Use certified Gluten Free oats to make sure these cookies are GF.
- Mix ins: Omit any nuts (or use whatever kind you like) for seeds or another favorite mix in, or leave them out all together. Try chopped dried fruit or mini candies!
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I love using cookie scoops to help with everything from portioning cookies to meatballs. This one from OXO is my favorite and makes the perfect sized cookies.