Banana Oatmeal Cookies with Raisins

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Enjoy Banana Oatmeal Cookies with Raisins at breakfast, for a snack or as a sweet ending to a meal! They’re easy to make, healthy, vegan and gluten-free.

I buy a few bananas every time I go to the grocery store. They rarely get to the too ripe stage because they’re gobbled up quickly by my two banana-loving family members. (I’ll tell you about my trick to overcome this problem below.)

If I’m lucky, I get a chance to make Healthy Banana Muffins.

But, my go-to recipe for ripe bananas is usually Banana Oatmeal Raisin Cookies or the over-the-top variation: Banana Everything Cookies because cookies are portable and versatile. And, I need that!

Plate of Banana Oatmeal Cookies with raisins
These tasty little cookies are healthy enough to enjoy as a breakfast cookie and are a very satisfying snack.

They’re perfect when you are always on-the-go. I just might have a few bouncing around in my purse right now!

Tips for Making Banana Oatmeal Cookies

Simply mix all the ingredients together and bake.

What you see is what you get. So, shape your cookies before they go into the oven. Make tablespoon-sized round balls and slightly flatten them on the baking sheet. They do not spread while baking.

Banana Oatmeal Cookies with raisins on baking sheet

How to adjust the sweetness of Banana Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

  • The riper the banana, the sweeter the cookie.
  • I added 1 Tablespoon of honey for a little more sweetness. If the batter is not sweet enough, add another Tablespoon. Or try it with no honey at all!
  • To keep this recipe strictly vegan, use agave nectar.
  • Raisins give a sweet pop of flavor too! (I’m getting pressure to try it with mini chocolate chips!)
  • We used unsweetened applesauce. If sweetened applesauce is used, the cookie will be sweeter.
  • For a more intense apple flavor…and for an extra dose of sweetness, use apple butter in place of apple sauce.

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How to ripen bananas in the microwave

The biggest stumbling block to enjoying one of these healthy Banana Oatmeal Cookies right away is a ripe banana. In a pinch, you can soften the banana in the microwave!

Poke an unpeeled banana all over with a knife. Place the banana on a microwave safe plate and cook on high for 30 seconds. Check to see if it is soft. If not, continue cooking and checking at 15 second intervals. Allow it to cool first before using.

It won’t be quite as sweet using the microwave technique, but you will be snacking on these Banana Oatmeal Raisin Cookies in no time.

Plate with stack of Easy Banana Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

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Banana Oatmeal Cookies

Banana Oatmeal Cookies with Raisins are easy to make, healthy and very portable. Enjoy them for breakfast, snack time or as a sweet ending to a meal!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24 cookies
Calories: 45


  • 2 Ripe Bananas to yield about 1 cup mashed
  • 1 1/2 cups Old Fashioned Oats not the quick cooking kind
  • 1/4 cup flax seed
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce a four ounce container
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 cup raisins


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Mash banana in a large bowl. Add remaining ingredients and mix to combine.
  • Shape batter into Tablespoon-sized balls and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Press each ball down to slightly flatten.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes or until firm.


Calories: 45kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 81mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 5IU | Vitamin C: 0.9mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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  1. These sound great! What a great idea so I can use up some oatmeal!

    • Could you juice fresh apples instead of the apple sauce?

      • Hi! I don’t think you can trade juice for sauce 1 to 1. However, you might be able to use a small amount of juice in place of the sauce…say about 2 Tablespoons. Let me know if you try it and thanks for your comment!

  2. we have everything to make these!! My daughter has been on a kick backing with oatmeal, she will love this recipe!!

  3. A breakfast cookie! I’m all over that! I like your adaption suggestions too!

  4. Love all the options you give for making these cookies your own. We are trying to cut back on sugar so these are perfect.

  5. We love bananas, too. In fact if I am going to cook with them I have to hide them. :/ These cookies look like they’d go over really well at my house. Thanks!

  6. adding to my must make list

  7. These look just too perfect Marjory! We are banana fiends in our house, but I’d get pressure to add chocolate chips, too!

  8. I bet you’re getting pressure to add mini chocolate chips! Agree that these cookies would be a good breakfast on-the-go. I’d keep some in my murse (man purse) for sure.

  9. You took a classic and made it better. Loving the addition of banana!

  10. I love oatmeal cookies but I’ve never tried adding banana. They look delicious!

  11. Banana and oats are made for each other, and these would be perfect for an after school treat for my two boys!

  12. I will have to try this! I love the idea of a healthy cookie!

  13. I need more breakfast cookies in my life. These look like they’ll fit the bill 🙂

  14. Wow – I love how thick these cookies are! I’ve baked with pumpkin, kabocha, avocado – but never bananas – I’m thinking I need to give these a try for sure!

  15. I have 7 over ripe bananas on my kitchen counter (why does that happen sometimes?) and was needing a recipe…problem solved! Thanks for sharing!

  16. This is so my kind of recipe! Absolutely love it and how healthy it is. Perfect for when I want dessert for breakfast (like always!)

  17. What a great recipe for these healthful banana oatmeal cookies – and amazing no egg needed! Luv it!

  18. What a great snack idea Marjorie!

  19. I would love to have some of these cookies with a cup of coffee.

  20. YUM!! I’ll take two please 🙂

  21. I have everything I need to make these!

  22. Love that these are only sweetened with fruit!

  23. These sound like great little pick-me-ups! I’m really digging the banana and oat combo – I’ll definitely try to hide away a couple of my next bunch of bananas to try them!

  24. Ohh these look like they can definitely be weight watchers friendly. I need to try to make them.

  25. Love how simple these cookies are!

  26. These beauties would be my breakfast, my dessert and my snack. Possibly dinner, too!

  27. These look so yummy!!

  28. I’d love to have them in the mornings for breakfast!

  29. Can you substitute more oatmeal for the flax seed?

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