Looking for a quick and easy recipe that only takes 20 minutes to make? Check out my delicious three ingredient banana oatmeal cookies…
A confession: I’m not really a baker. However, with this lockdown going on for as long as it has I’ve had a bit more time to spend in the kitchen than I would usually, and I’ve caught the baking bug. I’ve made banana bread three times now (three times!) and to my surprise I’ve actually enjoyed the process. However, I’m a pretty impatient baker. I like efficiency and I don’t have time for really long complicated recipes that include lots of ingredients you’ve never heard of, have about a hundred different steps, or take forever to make. I like recipes that are quick, simple and taste delicious.
Luckily, these oatmeal banana cookies fit all three of those requirements. The best thing about them is that they only require three ingredients – and it’s all stuff that you’re likely to have in your cupboards already. You can keep the oatmeal cookies really simple with the three ingredients or you can go a bit extra and add in another couple of ingredients for an extra bang for your buck.
That’s before we even get to the mixers – I added in smashed dark chocolate, walnuts and cranberries to mine for lots of sweetness and crunch, but you can pretty much add whatever you fancy. You can keep them healthy if you’re looking for some healthy breakfast ideas or you can make them more of an indulgent treat that you can enjoy on the couch with a cup of tea – it’s completely up to you. So let’s go…
How to make banana oatmeal cookies
- 2 ripe bananas
- 125g of oats (or one cup)
- 2 tablespoons of honey
- 20g Lindt 70% dark chocolate
- 20g walnuts (broken up into smaller pieces)
- 20g cranberries
Pre-heat your oven to 170 C
Mash the bananas in a bowl and then add in the oats and mix
Add a two tablespoons of honey and mix. And that’s it! You can can add some cinnamon or a teaspoon of vanilla extract if you’d like but don’t feel like you have to – likewise, if you want it to be healthier then skip the honey and just go with the banana and oats.
Here comes the fun part – adding in whatever you fancy! I have a sweet tooth so, predictably, I decided to go for the chocolate option and transform mine into banana oatmeal chocolate chip cookies! I went for 20g of dark chocolate along with 20g of walnuts and 20g of cranberries for a nice mix of flavours and textures and but you can really add whatever you want. I felt the cranberries worked really well because of their juicy, sharp sweetness, but each to their own. Make sure you break the chocolate into small pieces and mix into the oats with the cranberries and walnuts until it’s distributed evenly.
(Other ideas to include in your banana cookies are: sultanas, milk chocolate, blueberries, raspberries, white chocolate, pecans, banana coins… you can pretty much add whatever you like. Experiment!)
Divide the mixture into small round balls and flatten them onto a baking tray. They won’t expand in the oven so you can keep them quite close together if your baking tray is pretty small like mine.
Pop them in the over for 15 minutes until they’re golden brown on top. And that’s your banana oat cookies done! They’re absolutely delicious warm and straight from the oven – trust me, I did it!