These banana oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are a yummy way to use up those bananas that have become a little bit too ripe!
Once it starts warming up in the summer, bananas don’t last very long. It seems like I buy them greenish one day and they are already turning brown the next. So it is a good thing that banana oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are a favorite in our house. It was hard to get a picture of them without my little boy’s hand in the picture. Seriously, it took about 7 or 8 tries for a hand-less picture. These are a great alternative to banana bread and taste just as good! And I must say they smell soooo good when they are baking. You should definitely try some while they are still warm!
This is just a basic cookie dough. Nothing complicated. Cream the butter and sugars. Add the vanilla, egg and bananas. When it comes to the mashed bananas, just squish them until they are moderately chunky. They will continue to mash up as you mix up the dough. Stir in the salt, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, oatmeal, flour and chocolate chips. Now the dough may seem to wet at this point. Let the cookie dough stand for 10 minutes before you add any more flour. This cookie dough should be sticker and more moist than the average cookie dough. If you choose to add more flour, do so in 1/4 cup increments. Adding too much flour will result in dry, tough cookies.
Drop dough by tablespoonfuls onto pans that have been lined with parchment paper or sprayed with non-stick cooking spray and bake for about 13 minutes at 350 degrees.
Cool cookies on a wire rack (I totally recommend eating some warm) and store in an airtight container.
Makes 3 1/2 Dozen
- 12 Tbs . Butter softened 1 1/2 sticks
- 1 Cup Brown Sugar
- 1/2 Cup White Sugar
- 1 Egg
- 1 tsp Vanilla
- 1 Cup Mashed Bananas roughly 3 average size bananas
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1 tsp Baking Soda
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp Cloves
- 3 Cups Quick Cooking Oatmeal
- 1 1/2 Cups Flour
- 1 1/2 Cups Chocolate Chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare baking sheets by spraying them with non-stick cooking spray or by lining them with parchment paper.
In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter, and both sugars. Beat in the egg and vanilla. In a separate bowl, mash the bananas up with a fork. Mash them until they are still a bit chunky. Pour bananas into the creamed ingredients.
Stir in the salt, soda, cinnamon, and cloves. Add the oatmeal, flour and chocolate chips. Let the mixed cookie dough stand for about 10 minutes. After 10 minutes if the dough seems a bit to sticky add a little bit more flour. This dough is a stickier type, adding too much flour will result in tough and dry cookies.
Drop cookie dough by Tablespoons onto prepared baking sheets.
Bake for 11 to 13 minutes.