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Thursday, April 9, 2020

Whole Grain Banana Bread Cookies

These easy to make cookies are loaded with whole grains but they are still soft and delicious. They are good on their own, but even better topped with maple cream cheese frosting!

hand holding banana cookie with cream cheese frosting

      These tasty cookies are like having a two bite loaf of banana bread. They have all the flavor you want, super soft centers and they are much healthier than most cookies. You could very easily justify making them as a breakfast cookie or whip some up as a tasty dessert. No matter what time of day you enjoy them, they are sure to be a treat.

   I love cookies and I love banana bread.  So, with my most recent batch of overly ripe bananas, I just knew I had to merge the two.

mixer bowl of whole grain banana bread cookie dough

    Have you  noticed I seem to have a lot of overripe bananas?  I might just do that on purpose!

  These cookies turned out soft and moist like banana bread, but in a easy to grab and go cookie form.

   Plus they are filled with fruit, whole wheat flour and oatmeal.  So they are practically a super food.

scoops of banana bread cookie dough

 Of course a healthy dose of maple cream cheese frosting never hurt a thing. If that thing happens to be a cookie, it only helps!

    I took most of these to a hog roast, but kept a small plate of them at home.  To my surprise my husband ate more than half of the ones we kept.

   He is never the one eating more of his fair share of the sweets around here.  So I will take that as a compliment even if it meant fewer cookies for me!

banana bread cookies fresh from the oven

Little Dude was no different. He asked if he and a friend could try one.

    A few minutes later we noticed him sneaking more off the counter. He is usually really good about asking, so he must have been entranced!

pink platter of frosted banana bread cookies

If you don't have so many helpers around to ensure they disappear quickly, feel free to freeze part of the batch. The should keep up to a week on the counter or three months in the freezer.

The above storage times would be recommended without frosting.  If you plan to use the frosting and keep the cookies for an extended period of time, I would chill the frosting separately. Then frost the cookies when ready to enjoy them.

hand holding banana cookie with bite missing

If you like these, you'll love my whole wheat banana bread recipe. Or check out the chunky monkey energy balls of you'd like a no bake way to use extra bananas.

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Yield: 30 Cookies

Whole Grain Banana Bread Cookies

Whole Grain Banana Bread Cookies

These easy to make cookies are loaded with whole grains but they are still soft and delicious. They are good on their own, but even better topped with maple cream cheese frosting!
Prep time: 15 MCook time: 30 MTotal time: 45 M


  • 3 bananas, the riper the better
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 cups rolled oats


How to cook Whole Grain Banana Bread Cookies

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F
  2. Cream together butter and brown sugar until it's light and fluffy. Add bananas and beat until smooth. Add egg and mix until fully incorporated.
  3. Stir together baking soda, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, flour and oatmeal. Mix into butter mixture.
  4. Drop onto baking sheets using a medium cookies scoop (about 2 tablespoons each). Bake for 8-10 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. Spread maple cream cheese frosting over them and enjoy!
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These easy to make cookies are loaded with whole grains but they are still soft and delicious. They are good on their own, but even better topped with maple cream cheese frosting!


  1. I love that you used wheat flour and oats in this recipe. Healthy! And they sound amazing with that frosting!

    1. It makes me feel better about eating them! The frosting is amazing.

  2. Hi Carlee, wow you did it again! What a nice cookie recipe! Now I know what to do with ripe bananas!
    Hope you have a nice weekend.

    1. Between and the cookie, cake and oatmeal options I always have such a hard time deciding what to make! These are a good option for sure!

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    1. Thank you! I definitely have a sweet tooth. If only we lived closer you could smoke some delicious entrees and I could provide the sweets!

  4. I just left a comment on your icing recipe - but I am so happy that I have ripe bananas this morning! These do look wonderful!

    1. I have some now too! I am thinking some sort of baked oatmeal with this bunch. Jax loves to help me make oatmeal!

  5. I just baked my first banana bread the other day, and I was hooked! Love how this has got wholemeal flour and oats in it to make it healthier.

    1. Oh my goodness, we love banana bread! I'm sure it will become a staple for you too!

  6. Wow, what a great idea. They look a little like my favorite cookie, the thumbprint. Great job making such a healthy treat. Thanks for linking up with Tips & Tricks and I hope to see you next week.

    1. It is fun to have a treat that you don't have to feel too guilty over!

  7. Soooo this is brilliant! I love the mix you came up with. I'm such a sucker for anything banana bread and anything with cookies, and I mean, if these have fruit in them, they're obviously healthy so I can eat as many as I want, right, right? ;)

    1. Definitely! I won't tell you how many I had ;-)

  8. YUM! These sound amazing! I pinned them! :)

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  9. I love any kind of cookie with oats and wholewheat! These sound amazing! Thank you for sharing this with us at #SaucySaturdays!

    1. Me too! I think the extra chew and nuttiness is perfect for cookies! Thanks so much for hosting!

  10. These look so good, I have 3 overripe bananas in my fridge right now, so I think I may give these a try soon! Thanks for sharing at What'd You Do This Weekend?!


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