real life test kitchen: healthy peanut butter banana chunk cookies

In recent weeks I’ve made brownies with black beans and peanut butter pie with squash inside. This past weekend I added another guilt-free goodie to my repertoire: peanut butter banana chocolate chip cookies. What makes them so healthy? No sugar! Not one little pinch. There’s also no flour and no eggs. In fact, I’m not even sure you can technically call these buttons of yumminess cookies — they are more like congealed clumps of well-matched ingredients. I found the recipe on Babble’s Family Kitchen blog. Here’s my version:

Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Clumps

3 large, ripe bananas
1/2 cup peanut butter (or some other kind of nut butter that floats your boat)
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups traditional oatmeal (use gluten-free if you want)
1/3 cup shredded coconut
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup chopped semi-sweet chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350. Get your cookie trays ready. I used a non stick spray on mine, but lining them with parchment paper would be even better.
2. Mix wet ingredients in a bowl: bananas, peanut butter, oil, and vanilla.
3. Mix dry ingredients in a separate bowl: oats, coconut, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
4. Mix wet and dry ingredients together and stir in chocolate chips.
5. The mixture should be well combined and have a goopy, sticky texture. Using a tablespoon, scoop out large clumps of the batter and place on the cookie tray. They won’t spread while baking, so don’t worry about how much space is between them.
6. Bake 12 minutes or until the bottoms are golden brown. Allow to cool slightly before removing from tray.
7. Eat as many as you like, knowing that they are full of good things!

From our partners

Sounds delicious and much healthier than the regular version… but do be aware, there is some sugar in the chocolate chips. That is how they get them to be sweet. : )

These are really good? You’re not messing with me? I’m so skeptical, but can’t resist trying them…!


These are actually quite good! I liked them better after they sat for a day. Also, it took me a little while to get over the lack of sugar flavor but they are full of good flavor once your mind lets go of the sweet expectation. I’m going to try them with Craisins instead of chocolate chips next time to make them even healthier for an afternoon snack pre-workout.


Oh and my mother-in-law is super in love with these as she is allergic to wheat, dairy and eggs so most cookies are off limits to her. Thanks!!


Just made these- really good! I used a cut up chocolate bar instead of chocolate chips, and I really loved the big chunks. And good thing they’re mostly healthy, because I ate SO MANY of them yesterday! Thanks for the recipe!


I always have frozen ripe bananas in the freezer and peanut butter is a favorite. Sadly had the batter all made and realized I used the last of the coconut. Threw in a tad of sugar and tad extra of oatmeal to make up for it. Delicious! Simple and fast. Can’t wait to do it with the coconut! Thanks!!


These were tasty but to be truly healthy, I opted for COCONUT OIL and SEA SALT. Next time I’m going to try with STEEL-CUT OATMEAL. Thanks for the recipe! : )

Mary Smith

This is a nice recipe but please do your reseplace before telling people there is no sugar; check out the ingredient list on the chocolate chips.


Not as sweet as I would have liked but they are still a tasty snack. I decided to not use coconut because I’m not a fan, they still taste great! Thanks for the recipe :)


Like someone commented above, chocolate chips will have sugar…very important to read labels…most peanut butters have sugar…it’s good to go with natural peanut butter & find one that doesn’t have sugar & hydrogenated (trans fat)…also, some coconut is sweetened so need to make sure it is unsweetened… :)