Super Soft Banana Bread Cookies (Vegan, GF)

May 15, 2013

I’ve clearly been making a lot of cookies lately.  I made my whole grain chocolate chip cookies a couple dozen times over the last two weeks plus some cookies for my mom for Mother’s day… and apparently I wasn’t done just yet.  When I got home from work and saw some extra brown bananas, I started craving banana bread pretty hard.  My loaf pan was dirty (not even sure how, I haven’t used that thing in a while!) but I already had mashed up the bananas at that point, so I decided to change course and make some extra soft, cakey cookies.


Oh yes  Very cakey cookies.  These cookies are so so so soft.  Pillows of cakey goodness.  (Sorry, I think I’m a little obsessed with the texture!) Like drops of banana bread on a pan.  When you make these, you’ll find that this is a very wet cookie dough.  Drop the dough into little cookie shaped piles – it will rise and get a little fluffier, but it wont spread out to the sides, so the shape you give your cookies is the shape they’ll have.


Have I mentioned these are vegan, gluten free, AND naturally sweetened?  I’m going to go ahead and suggest you eat these bad boys for breakfast, because they’re basically the healthiest cookie I’ve ever seen.  At least a little better than your standard banana bread (which is an acceptable breakfast, right?)


I don’t normally make my banana bread with chocolate chips, but Josh isn’t a fan of nuts.  If I thought I could have eaten a dozen of these on my own, I would’ve skipped the chocolate chips and added pecans.  Do whatever you prefer, even a mix of both!  I’m pretty certain peanut butter chips would be a killer addition, too!

Super Soft Banana Bread Cookies (Vegan, GF)
Serves: 12

  • 2 very ripe bananas
  • ½ c maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 c oat flour
  • ¾ c quick oats
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • dash nutmeg (optional)
  • ½ c semi sweet chocolate chips (or nuts)

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spritz a baking sheet with nonstick spray, or line with parchment paper.
  2. Mash bananas very well. Add syrup and vanilla, mix until well combined.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients, except for chips. Mix until well combined – dough will be a little wetter than your typical cookie.
  4. Stir in chips (or nuts).
  5. Drop onto a cookie sheet.
  6. Bake for 11 minutes or until the tops look set.
  7. Let cool at least 5 – 10 minutes on a baking sheet before serving.

No oat flour? Run some quick oats through a food processor until you achieve a flour-like texture. Measure 1 c after processing. Nutritional info is with semi sweet chocolate chips. The count varied by ~20 calories/cookie based on the type of chocolate, so I would recommend figuring this out with your specific ingredients if you’re counting calories.

Nutrition Information
Calories: 120 Fat: 2g Carbohydrates: 24g Fiber: 2g Protein: 2g


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    Cynthia Aug 29, 2013

    If I dont have maple syrup is there anything I can substitute it with ? Maple syrup can be really expensive 🙁 and I dont have any kicking around atm

      Kelly Aug 29, 2013

      Absolutely! You can use agave, honey, or any other natural liquid sweetener. If you plan on serving these to vegans, you may want to ask their opinion on honey before using it.

        Cynthia Sep 06, 2013

        Thank u soo much im whipping up a batch atm there in the oven I used honey figers crossed there a hit!

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    Amy May 21, 2013

    Bananas? Chocolate? Cookies??? Jackpot!! These look wonderful Kelly!! What an amazing recipe! Thanks for sharing 🙂

      Kelly May 21, 2013

      Thanks 🙂

    Lilly Sue May 21, 2013

    These look awesome! I am definitely saving this recipe!! 🙂 May 21, 2013

    Your cookies look amazing. I love oatmeal and chocolate chips together and that they look so moist. Pinning these to make with my daughter.

      Kelly May 21, 2013

      Let me know how they turn out! 🙂

    cookingactress May 19, 2013

    Mmmm i would eat a couple of these for breakfast!

    The Domestic Rebel May 18, 2013

    PUHHLEEEASE for the love of all things cookie, CONTINUE YOUR COOKIE KICK. I am loving your versions lately, Kelly! And I super lurrrrve this gluten-free vegan banana cookie. Hello, awesomeness!

      Kelly May 19, 2013

      Thanks Hayley 🙂 Don’t you worry, I made some more cookies today. Just can’t stay away from them!

    Reeni May 17, 2013

    I love chocolate chips with banana bread! These look so addictive! I could definitely wake up and love on them for breakfast!

    Becky @ Olives n Wine May 16, 2013

    I love anything to do with banana bread and I am actually a huge advocate of putting chocolate chips into my bread 🙂 Seriously amazing. These cookies look so light and puffy, I’m going to have to try them out!

      Kelly May 16, 2013

      Thanks! Let me know what you think if you get a chance to try them!

      Kelly May 16, 2013

      Thanks, Sally!

      Kelly May 16, 2013

      Thanks 🙂

    Julia May 16, 2013

    UGH so good! I have everything I need for these. GF banana bread cookies all up in my hizzle! Okay, sorry about that…thanks for the recipe!!

      Kelly May 16, 2013

      hahah! I appreciate the excitement 🙂

    Ashley Bee May 16, 2013

    Ohh these could easily be gluten free if you use gluten free oats! Very cool. And cakey is key with cookies.

      Kelly May 16, 2013

      Oats are always my “go to” choice for GF baked goods, so tasty!

    crazyforcrust May 16, 2013

    Oh, I love banana cookies. I have to make these!

      Kelly May 15, 2013

      Woah, never baked with bananas? They’re one of my favorite ingredients 🙂

    cleaneatingveggiegirl May 15, 2013

    You have impeccable timing with this recipe! I LOVE ripe bananas, but I have quite a few overly ripe bananas at home, and these would be the perfect way to put them to use! Yay for vegan desserts :).

      Kelly May 15, 2013

      Yay! Let me know if you try the recipe out! 🙂

    Em @ Love A Latte May 15, 2013

    Yay for this recipe!!! I recently bought chocolate chip banana bread from a gluten free bakey (it was vegan too) and it was the most delicious thing. My husband has been talking about it for weeks and it’s like you knew with this recipe haha! We will absolutely be making these and I love the fact that they are cookies. I would love a few with my coffee right now!

      Kelly May 15, 2013

      Banana bread is seriously one of my favorite foods, it’s hard to resist when I see it for sale somewhere! I’m actually having one of these cookies with my coffee right now 🙂