Thursday, May 9, 2013

Healthy Oatmeal Cookies (Saw It. Pinned It. Did It.)


I love baking.  Probably because I love eating homemade baked goods.  But since I'm trying to eat clean most of the time I haven't been baking.  Then I started seeing these healthy cookies all over Pinterest (follow me here) and I've been dying to try them out myself.  I finally got a chance to make them.  Want to know what I thought?

Above is the original pin from a blog called Watching What I Eat and below is my version.

{My comments/changes are in bold}
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed until smooth & creamy
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter ~ creamy or chunky (I used creamy)
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups quick oatmeal  ~ uncooked
  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts (peanut, walnut, or your favorite) (optional)
  • 1/4 cup carob or chocolate chips (optional) (I used mini chocolate chips - about a handful)
A few changes I made from what you'll see on the original recipe - omitted the protein powder since I didn't have any on hand, omitted the butter extract, omitted the nuts and added chia seeds (I didn't measure I just sprinkled a bunch in until it looked right).

Preheat heat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, mix mashed banana & peanut butter until completely combined then add in the applesauce, & the extract ~ mix again until all are completely combined.
Add in the oatmeal to the banana mixture & combine.  (Add the optional carob / chocolate chips and/or nuts at this time if you want them mixed throughout)
Let dough rest for 10 minutes. (I didn't do this step - what can I say. . . I'm inpatient)!
Drop cookie dough, by spoonfuls, onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet & flatten cookies into circles. (If you just want the carob / chocolate chips on the top of the cookies, add now) (I didn't use parchment paper - too lazy.  They really didn't stick so I didn't have any trouble).

Bake cookies approx. 20-30 minutes (some like their cookies less cooked, some cooked more - try it both ways to find which works best for your tastes) or until golden brown & done.  Remove from oven & let rest on cookie sheet for 5 minutes, then move to cooling rack.  (If you want the traditional fork tong marks on the cookies, use a pizza cutter or sharp knife to score the tops of the cookies while they're still warm).  (I cooked mine for 20 minutes and that was plenty! I like my cookies soft)!
When cookies are completely cool, store in a covered container.  Enjoy!

So what did I think. . . I really like them!

They aren't sweet at all.  They kind of taste like banana bread.  I couldn't taste the peanut butter at all which was a little disappointing.  But overall I really like them and I think they are a great treat when I'm craving something.  Much healthier than regular cookies so I won't feel as good eating them!  

Have you tried these?  There are about 100 different versions of the recipes so let me know how you made yours.  I think they would be good with some dried cranberries too!

Linking up with Katie and Stephanie


  1. proud of you for eating cleaner! :) don't you feel so much better?! these cookies look awesome too. thank you for linking up Jodi!!

  2. These look delish and I am all about a healthier version of my favorite baked goods.

  3. I am kind of picky when it comes to oatmeal cookies because oatmeal isn't my favorite thing in the world but these actually sound good probably because I love peanut butter and bananas and chocolate!

  4. These always look and sound so good. Hey, a healthy cookie is still a cookie in my book! Yum! xoxo, lindsay

  5. yum!! those sound so good! and any cookie that says healthy in the recipe is even better!

  6. I'm definitely a soft cookie lover as well. They just taste better than when they are crispy! I bet those cranberries would be good. :)

  7. I've been looking for some new healthier cookie recipes. I may have to try these this afternoon. Thanks for sharing!