M&M Oatmeal Banana Cookies

For a deliciously sweet and equally healthy dessert or breakfast option, M&M Oatmeal Banana Breakfast Cookies are the way to go. They’re the perfect grab-and-go morning meal, the perfect little snack, or the best late night dessert. These cookies are also gluten free, dairy free, and vegan which makes them perfect for everyone in your life!

Delicious and easy M&M oatmeal banana cookies

I think cookies may be my all time favorite dessert. Now I know that’s a bold statement coming from a girl who spends 75% of her time in the kitchen baking and eating, but let me explain why I think cookies are superior. Cookies can come in all shapes and sizes. The texture of each cookie changes, sometime super soft and fluffy and other times, really crunchy and crispy. Both of these options are perfectly good. Cookies are also very versatile. They can make the perfect breakfast if they’re full of nutrients, or they can be perfect for a simple and quick dessert.

Whichever option you prefer, I think it’s clear why I think cookies are just the best sweet treat. That’s exactly why I love this healthy and easy recipe. These oatmeal banana cookies are the perfect size to eat as a grab and go breakfast or have after dinner (or lunch if you love lunch dessert like me.) Plus, they have no added sugars which is always a positive.

 These cookies are exactly  what I need during my morning sugar craving or during my post dinner sweet tooth hankering. They’re sweet and delicious, but they’re made with oatmeal and contain a lot of nutrient-rich ingredients. They’re the perfect way to fuel your morning!

The next time you find yourself reaching for the pancake mix or complicated dessert recipe, opt for this healthy (but equally delicious) option instead!

Ingredients used in this easy banana cookie recipe

Healthy oatmeal cookies are made from a wide variety of ingredients that were specifically chosen for their flavor, cooking properties, and nutritional benefits. Rolled oats, banana, applesauce, and more will make up the bulk of the batter, and only a couple more to fill in the blanks!

  • Bananas

  • Applesauce

  • Cinnamon

  • Almond butter

  • Oats

  • Baking soda

  • Dairy free M&Ms

Kitchen tools used in this recipe

You won’t need a long list of kitchen items to create this recipe. The four items listed below should do the trick!

  • Baking sheet

  • Parchment paper

  • Medium mixing bowl

  • Mixing utensil

How to make M&M oatmeal banana cookies

Making oatmeal cookies is just like making any other cookie recipe. You’ll need to do a bit of mixing and baking, followed by all the cookie eating. When all is said and done, you’ll have a delicious batch of cookies perfect for any day of the week for breakfast or dessert!

To start, preheat the oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In one mixing bowl, mash the 2 ripe bananas and remove any large banana chunks. I love using a fork to mash up the bananas.

In the same bowl, add in your wet ingredients: applesauce and almond butter and mix super well to create a smooth mixture.

Next, add in the dry ingredients: cinnamon, oats, and baking soda and mix super well. Once well mixed, measure out about 1/3 cups m&m’s and mix them into your batter!

*Chill the batter for a couple of hours! This step is super important to allow your batter to thicken up.

Once your batter is thick and chilled, use an ice cream scoop or a spoon to measure out even sized cookie dough balls (about 12) and roll them into smooth balls. Press the balls into a cookie shape on your lined baking sheet leaving a little space in between each cookie.

Optional: press extra m&m’s into the tops of each cookie.

Bake for about 15-20 minutes, watch for golden brown edges. Chill and enjoy 🙂

Nutritional benefits in oatmeal banana cookies

This is one of my favorite healthy cookie recipes because it contains so many nutrient-rich ingredients.

Rolled oats

These oats contain fiber, antioxidants, copper, iron, and more. They’re incredibly nutrient-rich and are great for keeping you feeling full and satiated for hours after eating.

Spices
Few people realize how powerful spices can be. Cinnamon, which is used in this recipe to add a slight spice, has a ton of benefits. It’s filled with anti-inflammatories and antioxidants, and it helps to lower blood sugar.

Bananas
A medium-sized banana will provide around 320-400 mg of potassium, which meets about 10% of your daily potassium needs. Potassium helps your body maintain a healthy heart and blood pressure. Bananas are also low in sodium. The low sodium and high potassium combination helps to control high blood pressure.

M&M Oatmeal Banana Cookies

M&M Oatmeal Banana Cookies
Yield: 12

Author: Chen’s Plate
Prep time: 10 MCook time: 17 MTotal time: 27 M
For a deliciously sweet and equally healthy dessert or breakfast option, M&M Oatmeal Banana Breakfast Cookies are the way to go. They’re the perfect grab-and-go morning meal, the perfect little snack, or the best late night dessert.

Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 2 cups gluten free oats
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/3 cup Dairy free M&Ms

Instructions:

  1. To start, preheat the oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In one mixing bowl, mash the 2 ripe bananas and remove any large banana chunks. I love using a fork to mash up the bananas.
  3. In the same bowl, add in your wet ingredients: applesauce and almond butter and mix super well to create a smooth mixture.
  4. Next, add in the dry ingredients: cinnamon, oats, and baking soda and mix super well. Once well mixed, measure out about 1/3 cups m&m’s and mix them into your batter!
  5. *Chill the batter for a couple of hours! This step is super important to allow your batter to thicken up.
  6. Once your batter is thick and chilled, use an ice cream scoop or a spoon to measure out even sized cookie dough balls (about 12) and roll them into smooth balls. Press the balls into a cookie shape on your lined baking sheet leaving a little space in between each cookie.
  7. Optional: press extra m&m’s into the tops of each cookie.
  8. Bake for about 15-20 minutes, watch for golden brown edges. Chill and enjoy!

Calories

119.99

Fat (grams)

5.07

Sat. Fat (grams)

1.14

Carbs (grams)

20.68

Fiber (grams)

2.81

Net carbs

17.87

Sugar (grams)

7.92

Protein (grams)

3.36

Sodium (milligrams)

57.53

Cholesterol (grams)

0.80

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