Big Oatmeal Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies


Cookies Eggless Gluten Free High Altitude No Seed Oils Vegan | Published February 14, 2024 by Mimi Council

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Soft and pillowy, these Big Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies are a must bake when you have overly ripe bananas! They are as big as your hand and loaded with dark chocolate chips!

If you’re looking for more ways to use up overly ripe banana, try my Maple Banana Bread with Vanilla Glaze, Cinnamon Sugar Banana Baked Donuts, or Banana Scones with Peanut Butter Glaze.

big oatmeal banana chocolate chip cookies
big oatmeal banana chocolate chip cookies

Why You'll Love This Recipe

Big Cookies: These cookies are big, bigger than what I usually make. I always poll you guys on social media and every time you vote for big cookies, so I’ve created this recipe for Big Oatmeal Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies. This recipe makes only one dozen cookies.

Soft & Pillowy: I love baking cookies with overly ripe bananas because it’s a great way to use up bananas that are past their prime for eating. And, those bananas create a soft and pillowy texture when you bake them in cookies!

Uses Overly Ripe Bananas: I hate food waste, so I love making cookies with overly ripe bananas! Baking with overly ripe bananas is best as they are sweeter, and this recipe turns your forgotten bananas into a sweet treat!

big oatmeal banana chocolate chip cookies

Ingredients

Organic Valley Salted Butter

Homemade Organic Light Brown Sugar

Simply Organic Vanilla Extract

Organic Bananas (very ripe!)

Cairnspring Mills Organic All Purpose Flour (use code MIMIORGANIC15 for 15% off your order!)

Organic Rolled Oats

Baking Soda

Frontier Co-Op Fine Sea Salt

Nuts.com Organic Dark Chocolate Chips

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Tools Needed

Digital Food Scale

Stand Mixer

Baking Sheet Half Sheet Pan (use code MIMIBAKES for 10% off my favorite stainless steel sustainable bakeware!)

Parchment Paper (get my favorite nontoxic parchment paper and get 10% off with MIMIBAKES)

big oatmeal banana chocolate chip cookies

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

Step 2

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the butter, brown sugar, and vanilla extract. Mix on low until combined. Add in the bananas and mix until combined.

In a separate bowl, add the flour, baking soda, and sea salt and mix together. Add to the butter mixture. Add in the rolled oats. Mix together until combined.

Add in the dark chocolate chips and mix on low until combined.

Step 3

Using a large cookie scoop, scoop the dough into 12 balls onto the prepared baking sheets. (Add extra chocolate chips on top, optional!)

Step 4

Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until golden brown on the bottoms. Allow to cool completely on the baking sheets. (Be sure to check the Notes at the bottom of the recipe if you are baking above 5,000 feet for the high altitude instructions!).

big oatmeal banana chocolate chip cookies

Baker's Tips

  • Use soft butter! Soft butter is key for this recipe. I like to leave butter out on the counter to soften naturally at room temperature overnight.
  • Use overly ripe bananas that are black as opposed to green or yellow bananas. The black bananas have ripened the most, therefore are sweeter and better to use for cookies. So, try these cookies with overly ripe bananas the next time you have them.
  • The bananas I used in this recipe were pretty large (see video). So if you have much smaller bananas, you may want to use 3 as opposed to 2, or you could reduce some of the flour and check the dough for consistency before adding more. This will prevent your cookie dough from being too stiff which could result in drier and more cakey cookies.
  • I use dark chocolate chips here, but you could use semi sweet, milk chocolate or even white chocolate if you want!
  • Use the tips in my article How to Make Picture Perfect Cookies and add extra chocolate chips on top before baking and use a cookie cutter to round them out when done. Check the article for more info!
  • Make sure to store these cookies in an airtight container or under a cake dome.
big oatmeal banana chocolate chip cookies

FAQ's

Why are black bananas better for baking?

When bananas begin to ripen the starches turn into sugars, making them sweeter. If you notice the difference in taste and texture between a green banana and one with black on it, then that’s what I mean! So when baking, you want the black bananas so they are sweeter and provide banana flavor to your cookies.

Can I add nuts?

Yes! Nuts would be a great addition to this cookie. If you’d like to add nuts, I recommend walnuts, pecans, or even almonds. I recommend adding 113 grams (4 ounces) of nuts.

Can I make this recipe gluten free?

Yes, if you want to make this recipe gluten free, you can do so by substituting the all purpose flour for organic tiger nut flour. I have a substitution in the Notes section at the bottom of the recipe. I have tested it with this flour, but not other kinds, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work with your favorite gluten free flour blend too.

Can I make this recipe vegan?

Yes, to make this recipe vegan, just replace the butter with your favorite vegan butter.

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Big Oatmeal Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies

Mimi Council
When you want to make cookies with overly ripe bananas, these Big Oatmeal Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies are just the recipe you need!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Makes 12 cookies
Calories 360 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the butter, brown sugar, and vanilla extract. Mix on low until combined. Add in the bananas and mix until combined.
  • In a separate bowl, add the flour, baking soda, and sea salt and mix together. Add to the butter mixture. Add in the rolled oats. Mix together until combined.
  • Add in the dark chocolate chips and mix on low until combined.
  • Using a large cookie scoop, scoop the dough into 12 balls onto the prepared baking sheets. (Add extra chocolate chips on top, optional!)
  • Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until golden brown on the bottoms. Allow to cool completely on the baking sheets.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 7 days.

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Notes

Vegan — Replace the butter with vegan butter.
Gluten Free — Replace the all purpose flour with 255 grams (heaping 2 cups) tiger nut flour.
High Altitude — Bake at 375°F for 16 to 18 minutes or until golden brown on the bottoms.

Nutrition

Calories: 360kcalCarbohydrates: 54gProtein: 6gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 226mgPotassium: 270mgFiber: 3gSugar: 22gVitamin A: 250IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 76mgIron: 2mg
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