I’m a fan of unripe bananas, so it’s always a shame when they ripen quickly and turn spotted & mushy (especially in the hot summer months). The most common use for overripe bananas is banana bread. But the other day I stumbled across a much more simple and convenient recipe: Banana Oatmeal Cookies. The recipe I’m sharing with you contains only 5 ingredients, but these cookies can be made with as few as two (simply mash the bananas, add the oats and bake!). I was super skeptical about how these cookies would taste, but much to my surprise this recipe is a winner. The bananas and chocolate chips add plenty of sweetness so there’s no need to add extra sugar. The end product is delicious and healthy!
Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
3 overripe bananas
2 cups quick-cooking oats
1⁄3 cup coconut oil
2/3 cup dark chocolate chips
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
*optional nutritional boost: 1 tablespoon chia seeds
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a cookie sheet or use a Silpat baking mat.
2. Mash the bananas with a fork until smooth in a mixing bowl. Stir in oats, coconut oil, chocolate chips, and vanilla. Optional, add chia seeds. (If you add chia seeds, don’t let the batter sit too long before baking because the chia seeds will soak up the liquid in the batter).
3. Spoon cookie mixture onto the cookie sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Enjoy!
**This recipe was adapted from Food.com.