Low-Fat Banana Oatmeal Cookies are the kind of cookies you can eat for breakfast without feeling too guilty since they are full of good-for-you breakfast ingredients like oatmeal, bananas and walnuts.
Especially if you have them with fruit and some Greek yogurt.
They're a perfect way to use up overripe bananas too.
It's best to use really ripe bananas for baking because your banana cookies, banana breads and banana muffins will turn out sweeter, moister and better tasting.
If you like banana bread, but are looking for something a little different, you will love these low-fat oatmeal banana cookies.
Or if you prefer, here's low-fat, gluten-free, vegan healthy banana cookies recipe for you.
This cookie dough needs to chill at least 10 minutes and up to 6 hours to let the dough firm up before baking.
The recipe specifies old-fashioned oats, which will produce the chewiest cookie. You can substitute quick-cooking oats, but your cookies will be less chewy.
Just be sure not to use quick cooking oats!
Because these cookies are low in fat, they are not going to spread out much (or at all) when you bake them.
So if you want, flatter cookies, press them down a bit with a spatula or the palm of your hand before baking.
How Many Calories and WW Points in these Cookies?
According to my calculations each cookie has 75 calories and:
4 *SmartPoints (Green plan)
4 *SmartPoints (Blue plan)
3 *SmartPoints (Purple plan)
2 *PointsPlus (Old plan)
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Calories increase to 86, PointsPlus stay the same and SmartPoints will increase to *4 per cookie with the addition of nuts.
If you like these banana oat cookies, be sure to check out some of my other easy healthy cookie recipes including WW Chocolate Chip Cookies with Salted Peanuts, Banana Cookies with Oats & Chocolate Chips, No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies, Easy Trail Mix Cookies, and Low-Fat Banana Date Coconut Cookies
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Banana Oatmeal Cookies Recipe
- 1-½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ¼ cup (½ stick) butter, melted and cooled slightly
- 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 1 cup mashed really ripe bananas (2 to 3 medium)
- ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2-½ cups old-fashioned rolled oats (not instant)
- 1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
- In a medium size bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg until well blended and set aside.
- In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Beat in the mashed bananas, applesauce, egg, and vanilla, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula if necessary to make sure everything is well blended.
- Stir in the flour mixture with the mixer on low speed, or with a wooden spoon, just until combined. Stir in the oats, and nuts (if using), just until combined.
- Cover the dough and place in the refrigerator for at least 10 minutes (or up to 6 hours) to firm up.
- When you are ready to bake the cookies, preheat your oven to 350F degrees. For best results line cookie sheet with silicone liners or parchment paper. Alternatively, you can use ungreased cookie sheets.
- Drop cookie dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto prepared cookie sheets about 3 inches apart. (Because these cookies are low in fat, they are not going to spread out much - or at all - when you bake them. So if you want, flatter cookies, press them down a bit with a spatula, or the palm of your hand, before baking.)
- Bake the cookies until their edges are golden brown, but they are still soft on top, about 15 to 17 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and let the cookies rest on cookie sheets for several minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack with a spatula, and allow them to cool completely before storing.
Source: Mom's Big Book of Cookies: 200 Family Favorites You'll Love Making And Your Kids Will Love Eating (affiliate link) by Lauren Chattman
*Points® calculated by WW. *PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT each plan's ZeroPoint Foods (Green plan, Blue plan, Purple plan) using the WW Recipe Builder.
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I love these , my recipe for them is a bit different but these are always satisfying to have.
Made these this morning. Very yummy! Thanks for the recipe : )
Mine didn't turn out very well. They didn't spread out at all.
If you want flatter cookies, when using a low fat recipe, you will want to press them down with a spatula or the palm of your hand before baking.
Hope this helps.
Hi! A few weeks ago I was looking for an alternative go-to recipe for my over-ripe bananas and used this one. The first time I made these I only had 2 bananas on hand. They were okay, but I made these again last night with 3 bananas (and added chopped pecans this time) and BOY what a difference it made! The 3-banana batch turned out way more flavorful!!! Thank you thank you!
Can I omit the butter?
I haven't tried them without butter so I'm not sure how they will turn out. Let me know what happens if you do.
Hi Martha, I made the cookies yesterday....made a few changes, used gluten free flour, and used 4 oz of applesauce instead of the butter, basically doubled the applesauce and 1/4 cup packed brown sugar, I thought they turned out good, would definately make again. Love your recipes! I have been eating a lot of them in the last month, always looking for variety. Annemarie
Love that you find the recipes helpful and are also able to make changes to make them your own! Thanks for letting me know. I really appreciate you taking the time to leave such thoughtful detailed comments 🙂
These look so good! I also have all the ingredients on hand! I will be baking these with my daughters when they wake up from their nap! So excited! 🙂
Hi can you please tell me if I can leave the applesauce out as I dont have any. Thanks.
Awesomeness! These were just what I needed. Healthy and delicious they satiate me when I’m having a cookie craving.