2-Ingredient Banana Bread Cookies

April 2, 2015 | By | Comments (32)

When I first came across the two-ingredient cookie on Pinterest, I was skeptical. How could oats and bananas possibly combine to create anything that even remotely resembled a cookie?

But then I thought about the three-ingredient pancake (banana, egg, flour), and how I was initially skeptical about those, too. Now, I’m hooked, and whip ’em up at least once a week for a quick and delicious brinner. These cookies serve a similar purpose—replacing a classic, comforting dish with a simpler and healthier alternative. In fact, you can have two of these cookies for just 80 calories.

To create the cookies (which are great for breakfast on-the-go), all you need are a few overripe bananas and some old-fashioned oats. When combined, they bake into soft, chewy cookies that are especially delicious when warm—and will fill your kitchen with the sweet smell of banana bread. While I’ve seen some versions that have you grind up the oats, I preferred leaving them whole.

Lastly, if you’re okay with just a few more ingredients, try tossing in some chocolate chips, a spoonful of peanut butter, or a handful of nuts. I’ve listed a few of my favorite riffs below.

2 Ingredient Banana Bread Cookies

2 small overripe bananas (about 1 cup mashed)
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350°F, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the bananas in a bowl and mash them with the back of a spoon.* The bananas don’t need to become perfectly creamy—in fact, I prefer a few chunks of bananas in my cookies. Add the oats and stir to combine.

*To ensure the best results, measure your mashed banana into a 1 cup measuring cup.

Step 2: Spray the parchment paper with cooking spray and drop heaping spoonfuls of the batter onto the baking sheet. This recipe should yield about 12 cookies.

Step 3: Place the cookies in the oven and bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the tops are lightly browned and crisp. Let cool for a few minutes, then enjoy!

My favorite mix-ins:

Brown Sugar-Cinnamon Raisin Cookies
Add 2 tbsp. raisins, 1/2 tsp. cinnamon and 1 tsp. brown sugar to the batter.

Almond Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies
Add 2 tbsp. mini chocolate chips and 2 tbsp. almond butter (or peanut butter) to the batter.


Makes 6 servings (serving size: 2 cookies)
CALORIES 80; FAT 1.1g (sat 0.2g, mono 0.34g, poly 0.36g); PROTEIN 2.03g; CARB 16.69g; FIBER 2.21g; CHOL 0mg; IRON 0.69mg; SODIUM 0.34mg

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109 Healthy Cookies
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  1. Thomas Thomas

    Add a link to PRINT the recipe please. That would be awesome !!

    January 11, 2017 at 8:18 am
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  5. Debbie

    We did not like them as the receipe is written. Very bland. Husband hated the texture.

    June 26, 2016 at 6:08 pm
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  8. Mark Cohen

    Came out great when I treated them like cookies:
    – ground up 1/3 of oats to flour consistency
    – added: .25 tsp each of salt, baking powder, and baking soda
    – used the peanut butter and chocolate morsels version

    Soft, a little chewy. Plenty tasty!

    June 3, 2016 at 9:44 am
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    They were disgusting.

    May 24, 2016 at 7:00 am
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  11. janet

    These were bland and never did get crispy.

    May 16, 2016 at 4:54 pm
  12. Carmen Hernandez

    These came out perfect. I also made a batch with natural peanut butter and a bit of honey for sweetness. Those are the kids favorite! Thank you

    May 15, 2016 at 3:44 pm
  13. Bea

    Can quick oats be used in this recipe? Can quick oats always be used in lieu of old fashion when added in a baking recipe?

    May 13, 2016 at 11:34 am
  14. Maggie Fisher

    love these, going to add cut up dates next time around…so good and so healthy

    May 3, 2016 at 8:44 am
  15. Laura

    I made these and they came out great but I added a few ingredients. I used Ener-G egg replacer (two eggs), allspice, cinnamon, two scoops of Sunwarrior brown rice protein, 1/2 cup chopped dried red cherries, sea salt, and a little bit of stevia. I baked them for only 13 minutes and they are so delicious. A nice breakfast protein cookie without any fat! I can see if you overcook these they would be rubbery and just banana’s and oats would be boring!!

    March 5, 2016 at 1:05 pm
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  17. Dessie

    DO NOT USE THIS RECIPE. You will not like the rubber air texture. I waisted my day on it. Not even able to want to eat it later or give to anyone. Yuck.

    February 17, 2016 at 5:45 pm
  18. Kim

    Can quick oats be used ?

    January 19, 2016 at 3:02 pm
  19. Stargazer

    I attempted this recipe twice. Both times they came out rubbery. Not good at all and my husband (who eats anything) said they weren’t good.

    November 19, 2015 at 9:02 am
  20. Margaret

    I tried the I cup bananas and I cut old fashioned oats and didn’t like them at all. Sorry. Needed salt and sugar at least.

    November 2, 2015 at 9:11 pm
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  23. Afaf

    Looks yummy & healthy..I will try it soon.thanx

    August 17, 2015 at 10:53 am
  24. Bree

    Has anyone froze these? How did they turn out?

    June 26, 2015 at 11:14 am
    • Bryanthegirl

      Yes I have frozen the cookies successfully.
      I mixed them up (I added raisins and cinnamon to mine), rolled them into balls and froze them on baking paper/sheet (flat). After an hour or do in the freezer I put them in a ziplock bag and they stayed in the freezer.
      To cook them I took them straight from the freezer, put them on a baking sheet and cooked at 180deg Celsius for 18 minutes in a fan oven, turning half way through. I might cook them for a minute or two less next time.
      They were fine, just as nice as when cooked from unfrozen.

      November 27, 2015 at 4:56 am
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    Can I use microwave I have no oven yet

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  30. Andi

    This is easy, nutritious AND I bet its filling!

    April 8, 2015 at 12:27 am
  31. Carol Couturier

    I make these all the time. I usually a little of both raisins & choc. chips ! I have some in my fridge right now. I nuke it for a few seconds & it gets all warm & goey !!!

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