Do your cookie cravings ever strike out of nowhere? Perhaps at inconvenient times, like when you don’t have all the ingredients or simply don’t feel up to baking? Well, you’re in luck. We’ve brought you a scrumptious take on an oatmeal cookie recipe that’s a cinch to make. These guilt-free goodies won’t have you rummaging through your cabinets for a bunch of ingredients either!
An Effortless Cookie
A cookie enthusiast’s dream, these melt-in-your-mouth treats taste incredible and call for just a few clean and simple ingredients. The tasty dessert will satisfy your sweet tooth without compromising your waistline. And best of all, we’re probably saving you a trip to the grocery store with this recipe. Our cookies use super basic kitchen ingredients you probably already have: oats, bananas, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and optional add-ins.
They’re Virtually Guilt-Free
With Fiber-filled oats as the star of this recipe, our tasty treats will certainly satisfy after a great meal.
Our oatmeal cookie recipe calls for semi-sweet chocolate chips, which add some extra antioxidants and chocolaty flair. We encourage you to toss in whatever yummy add-ins you have on hand too! Chopped almonds, walnuts, or peanuts will lend a delicious crunch to these chewy cookies. Not to mention, they’ll crank up the nutritional value by packing a protein punch.
Unlike standard recipes you’d come across online, this cookie recipe ditches the butter and artificial ingredients. This saves your waistline from notorious trans fats and hydrogenated oils. Our recipe is so guilt-free you could literally grab these goodies for an afternoon pick me up and go! You could even enjoy these treats for breakfast, especially if you’ve subbed in nuts or raisins for the chocolate chips.
Tips for Flavorful Perfection
We like to use quick-cooking oats, as these will result in cookies with a more even appearance and texture. If you don’t have quick-cooking oats on hand, regular oats will work fine! The larger oat flakes will give cookies a more full-bodied, heartier-looking finish (and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that in our book!)
This oatmeal cookie recipe makes the perfect excuse to not waste overly-ripe bananas. In fact, the riper the better, as this gives off a sweeter, stronger banana flavor than fresh bananas. The soft texture also makes bananas better for baking.
These yummy delights couldn’t be easier to make. Simply squish ripe bananas with a fork until you’ve achieved a somewhat creamy consistency. Combine with oats, a little vanilla and a dash of cinnamon. Then toss whatever add-ins your taste buds desire, and bake for 12-15 minutes at 350 F.
When you’ve finished whipping these babies up, the dough freezes super well. That said, feel free to double up on the recipe if you want to stock up on cookies for the future. Tightly wrap the dough with plastic wrap, store in an airtight container, and pop it in the freezer.
You might normally save cookies for special occasions, but you can totally treat yourself to this healthy version anytime. As easy as they are delicious, these cookies make it possible to indulge without guilt.
Easiest Ever Oatmeal Cookie Recipe
- 1.5 cups quick or rolled oats
- 2 ripe bananas
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips Use raisins, chopped nuts, or whatever add ins you desire.
- Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment (or use a nonstick cookie sheet).
- Squish ripe bananas with a fork until you've achieved a creamy consistency.
- Add oats, cinnamon, and vanilla and stir until ingredients are evenly combined.
- Mix in semi-sweet chocolate chips, raisins, chopped nuts, or add-ins of your choice. Feel free to use more than one!
- Roll generous spoonfuls of batter into 1-inch balls- about 8-10 balls total. Place each scoop a couple inches apart.
- Bake cookies for 12-15 minutes, or until golden and lightly crisp. Enjoy!
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