Cookies for Breakfast! Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies Video

We generally go through a bunch of bananas every few days. Then, of course, there are the occasional periods when they sit untouched and before I know it we have a bowl full of spotty bananas.

Wasting food kinda drives me nuts, so turning overripe bananas into a naturally sweet dessert my whole family loves -- like these Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies -- makes this mom very happy. The best part about these cookies is that they are gluten free, vegan (if you use dairy free chocolate chips) and a great choice for breakfast. That's right, breakfast!

Watch this video to watch how simple it is to make your new favorite cookie and you won't believe how excited you'll be the next time you have spotty bananas!

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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. My passion is creating simple, healthy recipes that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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  • Ruth

    What is the best way to store these (short-term)? I made them this weekend and put the leftovers in a ziplock bag for daycare and a plastic storage container for us, and both batches quickly became soft and crumbled. They were fully cooled when I put them in the containers.

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  • Christa

    I can't get the sound to work on my laptop so missed what the temp and time should be to cook these cookies- can you please tell what they are? Thanks

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    • Catherine

      Here is the written recipe! http://b12.ba4.myftpupload.com/2010/09/23/banana-oatmeal-chocolate-chip-cookies/

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  • Michelle

    I make these cookies all the time. We LOVE them!!! So easy to make and such simple ingredients. I use coconut oil and it gives them a really nice taste. You are right Catherine...they do taste amazing right out of the freezer!

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  • Tanja

    Because you posted this recipe 2 years ago and I haven't been following you for that long I would have missed it. That's why thank you so much for this video, will try it. Love, T.

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  • Amber

    This may be a silly question, but do you freeze them before or after cooking?

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    • Catherine

      After cooking :) I love eating them straight from the freezer!

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    • Amit

      The abtliiy to think like that is always a joy to behold

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  • Esteban

    This is from his wife, who was diagnosed with celiac after pregnancy #1. these are by far the BEST gluten free baked goods I have eaten!! I have made a lot of GF goods, and nothing I has been this good! Thank you so much for this recipe. I won't talk about how many I've eaten, I'll just say they are a great treat for baby #3, who is still in utero. :) thank you once again for amazing food. Quick question, what else do people use dates for? Yumm

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    • Catherine

      Wow thank you so much! Dates are a wonderful sweetener in baked goods, and an addition to trail mix!

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  • Kristen

    Thanks for the great video! What is the purpose of waiting 10 minutes before scooping the \"dough\"?

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    • Catherine

      Letting it sit allows the oats to absorb all the moisture and makes the dough hold together better!

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  • Astrid

    Love the recipe! Will try them tomorrow with my baby girl! Thanks

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  • Aindrea

    I can't get over how cute Chloe is! I'm trying this recipe now, since by coincidence we had some spotty bananas! Instead of chocolate chip, I used what we refer to as a, \"baking mix.\" Which consists of a mixture of dried fruits, nuts, and chocolate chips. I use it in muffins, granola bars, cookies, etc. I'm sure it will turn out great! Quick question, why the dates? Is it for retaining moisture?

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    • Catherine

      The dates add natural sweetness and help everything stick together!

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  • Gaby

    cookies for breakfast? you're speaking my language lady!!

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  • Lisa With Style And Grace

    i make something similar and they're the best! of course, cookies for breakfast, how could you go wrong :)

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  • Kate

    Always looking for ideas to use up my brown bananas. I usually throw them in the freezer until I have time to do something with them. Here's another great idea!

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  • Lisa

    I was just looking at the spotty bananas on my counter ... perfect timing! Plus I'm always looking for something quick to eat on the go in the morning with my girls so it will be nice to have this as an option ... and they don't need to know they're good for you! :)

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  • Melissa

    Thanks for posting this recipe. My daughter is 19 months old and has basically grown up with your recipes. This is the first time she has eaten a \"cookie.\" My husband I are teaching her healthy eating and that cookies are not a food group. I am thrilled to be able to offer her these as an alternative. Now when she walks up to me and says, \"Cookie?\" I smile and give the lady what she wants (:

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  • Jennifer H.

    anything you can use in place of the dates? I have all these ingredients in my house except for the dates :(

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    • Catherine

      The dates are essential, actually, because they hold the cookies together (and add natural sweetness)!

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  • lindaJasmine

    Can I bake these cookies in the microwave ? Do I need to alter the qty?

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    • Catherine

      I think you could! They will probably dry out a little more, but that sounds like a cool idea!

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  • Amanda

    Love, love, love these cookies. Thank you for the great recipe! My kids devoured them!

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  • Dawn

    I am FOREVER trying to find ways of using up bananas - and who doesn't love cookies for breakfast! Thanks for posting this - can't wait to try more of your delicious recipes!

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  • Andrea

    my daughter (8years old) loves these cookies. She has never been a big breakfast girl ( don't like cereal) so having these healthy cookies have been amazing!! She is an active girl - gymnastics and hockey hours a week - she needs good food - thank-you!!

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