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Oaty Chocolate and Banana Cookies

Chewy oat cookies, made with bananas and flavoured with cocoa. These have no added fat, no eggs and no dairy. A healthier cookie option. Free printable recipe.

Oaty Chocolate and Banana Cookies

Banana Cookies

Just look at those bad boys.

Oaty chocolate and banana cookies.

To be honest they are more like a flapjack in a cookie form.

In fact they are very similar to my chocolate and banana flapjacks but no butter or dairy free spread is added, so they are a bit kinder to our waistlines. There are no eggs in these cookies either, but you know I try to avoid eggs in my recipes.

Flapjacks or Cookies?

Just to clarify, these cookies are chewy and full of oats like a Scottish flapjack, which is a chewy oat bar.

They are nothing to do with what my American friends class as flapjacks, which are called pancakes here.  I never like to leave anyone scratching their heads in confusion. We are talking about chewy, oaty cookies today.

Never let anyone tell you a flapjack should be crisp, that is just wrong! They have obviously cooked the flapjacks too long if they are crisp!

Ingredients laid out for making Oaty Chocolate and Banana Cookies

No added fat

These cookies have no added fat. In fact they are made with just a few simple ingredients.

Porridge oats, bananas, cocoa powder for that chocolatey flavour, a little maple syrup (which is optional, I think they would actually be sweet enough without it), some flax seeds to add extra nutrients and for a bit of luxury some dark chocolate chunks, which are also optional.

Even less calories

You can leave out the chocolate chips and the maple syrup if you want an even lower calorie snack.

These cookies are 147 calories each and only 2.1g saturated fat, but if you don't add the maple syrup and choc chips they are only 94 calories each and 0.4g saturated fat. Wowee!

Without the maple syrup, they will still have the sweetness from the bananas and they are chocolatey with the cocoa powder so the choc chips are just an added extra.

94 calories for a cookie is fabulous if you are doing the 5:2 diet and counting your calories.

Blend the oats

When I make flapjacks I use the porridge oats as they are. but I was reading a recipe for 3 Ingredient Banana Oatmeal Cookies from One Clever Chef and loved his idea to blend the oats into a finer powder for making cookies, so I decided to try out his technique and play about with a recipe of my own. I was rather pleased with the results.

The man is a genius! They were great.

They were at their most sumptuous while still a little warm when the chocolate was a bit melty. Oh you know how good that can be. 

They were still pretty good when cold, but not as good a few days later. I would make these fresh to eat over a couple of days or to share.

Oaty Chocolate and Banana Cookies, with child's hand snatching one

Be patient!

As you can see the boy wasn't patient enough to wait until I had finished taking photos and had cleared up.

He pretty much made these cookies, with some guidance from me and he really didn't want to wait to try one of them.

It's the burden a food blogger's family has to live with. They are always waiting for us to finish taking photos before they can eat.

I have to say that the men in my life are very good-natured about it and very rarely complain. Obviously today the boy just couldn't wait.

Child eating an Oaty Chocolate and Banana Cookie

Nutrients and calories for Oaty Chocolate and Banana Cookies - 147 calories each or 94 calories if you leave out the maple syrup and choc chips

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Scottish, American, vegan
Yield: 12 cookies
Three chewy Oaty Chocolate and Banana Cookies

Oaty Chocolate and Banana Cookies

Chewy oat cookies, made with bananas and flavoured with cocoa. These have no added fat, no eggs and no dairy. A healthier cookie option.
prep time: 10 minscook time: 20 minstotal time: 30 mins


250g/2 cups oats
  • 25g/1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 4 large bananas
  • 1 tbsp flax seeds (also known as linseeds)
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 100g/2/3 cup dark chocolate chips or chunks


  1. Heat the oven to 180c/160c fan/ 350f/gas mark 4 and line two baking sheets with non-stick paper or mats (I love my Silpat liners).
  2. Whizz up the oats and flax seeds in a blender or food processor for a finer consistency. I used pulse, I didn't want them too fine.
  3. Mash the bananas into a soft mush in a bowl and mix in the maple syrup.
  4. Pour the oats into a large bowl and mix in the cocoa.
  5. Mix the bananas into the oats, then stir in the chocolate chips.
  6. Scoop tbsp of the mixture, roll into a ball and press into a cookie shape. Do this for all of the mixture and place then, well spaced apart on the cookie sheets and bake for 20 minutes.
  7. Take out of the oven. Once they have cooled a little move them to a cooling rack. 
  8. Go on, eat one or two whilst they are still warm.
  9. Enjoy!
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Which blender do I use?

Froothie power blenders

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  1. These sound so delicious! I love the idea of a healthier cookie so I don't feel so guilty LOL!

  2. I love healthier cookies. I have just started new and healthier keto cooking along wwith love carb one this in my diet is oatmeal so these sound wonderful!

    1. Ah well these fit right in then, it was fortuitous you came across my cookies when you did.

  3. Do these ever look good!!! Love chocolate and banana together! Plus, they look so hearty...perfect with my coffee right now ;)

    1. I know they make the best flavour combo and yes one of these would be perfect with coffee. Passing one to you virtually :)

  4. This looks like the perfect little afternoon treat to satisfy my chocolate craving! Yum!

    1. Oh yes they are perfect to deal with a chocolate craving.

  5. I have all the ingredients on hand so will be making these this week!Thanks for the inspiration.

    1. Oh that's fab, I do hope you like them. Remember to try one while they are still warm.

  6. This looks stunning! I was looking for a recipe for these and now I know what I'm having this weekend. Bookmarked.

  7. Flapjacks in cookie form sound absolutely perfect. I do love a good flapjack and the flavours you've used are right up my street. I only found out recently flapjacks hailed from Scotland - it's amazing how much I don't know ;)

    BTW, these would make a lovely #WeShouldCocoa entry - just saying!

    1. Yes I am a big fan of flapjacks too and yes they originated here in Scotland. In crofts, a big batch of porridge was made in the morning. The first of it was eaten as porridge, then the rest was poured into a porridge drawer where it cooled and was cut into blocks, ie of first flapjacks. Things like butter and honey were later additions.

      Thanks for the reminder re we should cocoa.

  8. Since I love both flapjacks and cookies, these definitely appeal to me either way. Bet they keep you going energy-wise too!

  9. I made these delicious. As a Chocolatier i love anything chocolate. Stored them in an airtight container. Are they supposed to have a hard or soft texture the day after?

    1. I would say soft and chewy the next day. They are at their best when first made I would say, especially when they are warm from the oven and the chocolate is gooey.


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