5 Ingredient Banana Oat Cookies (vegan / no sugar added)

As a mom of a toddler, one of the things I am constantly thinking about is if I have enough snacks to get us through our morning and afternoon activities. Who can relate? I usually try to make our own snacks for the week, since it’s pretty difficult to find nutritious snacks for toddlers (but please don’t get me wrong, I definitely fall back on pre-made store snacks every now and then).

These banana oat cookies are a recipe I make about two times a week. They are so quick and easy (a one bowl kinda recipe that I can whip up in less than 20 minutes)!


Most of the banana oat cookie recipes only include banana (carbohydrate, oatmeal (carbohydrate), and chocolate chips (sugar/carbohydrate). Carbs are NOT bad, in fact, our bodies need them for vital processes. However, too many carbohydrates without any protein or fat will lead to a glucose spike. It also means our bodies will burn through the carbs fast, and we will be hungry witting an hour or two. The last thing I want is my toddler running around on a sugar high right before nap, and then shortly after, finding out he is still hungry.

To balance out the potential glucose spike, I added two ingredients which will up the nutrition:

  • Chia seeds – upping the fiber, protein, and omega-3-fatty acids
  • Almond or seed butter – adding protein and healthy monounsaturated fat and calories (to help keep your LO full)

5 Ingredient Banana Oat Cookies

makes 10-12 cookies


  • 2 bananas
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
  • 1-2 tablespoons almond butter (or sunflower seed butter)
  • 1 cup whole grain rolled oats
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Mash the bananas in a medium sized bowl with a fork. Add in vanilla (optional) and almond/sunflower seed butter, stir until well combined.
  3. Add oats and chia seeds to the batter. Stir until well mixed.
  4. On a parchment lined baking sheet (or use a silicone baking mat), spoon cookies in about 1-2 tablespoon each. You will get 10-12 cookies depending on the size of the bananas. Use a fork to mash down the batter if needed (picture above)
  5. Bake for 12 minutes at 350 degrees.
  6. Let cool before removing from baking sheet. Enjoy!

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