Guilt-Free Oatmeal Cookies

Guilt-Free Oatmeal Cookies from FavFamilyRecipes.com
I wish I could tell you where this recipe originated. A friend of mine posted it on Facebook and I wasn’t able to trace it back to the original recipe. When I saw this recipe I was like “Can these really be edible? Do I dare make these so-called ‘cookies'”?  Well, my curiosity got the better of me and I made them. I was pleasantly surprised! They were chewy and delicious! My kids loved them and ate them up just like they would regular oatmeal cookies but I felt much better knowing they were really just eating fruit and oats! When I made these I did 2 batches, one with raisins and one with chocolate chips. The ones with chocolate chips, in my opinion, were better. Not quite as healthy, but a few chocolate chips never killed anyone (at least I hope not)! The raisin ones weren’t bad.. I just prefer chocolate to raisins. Anyway, this is a great way to curb that sugar craving (or chocolate craving if you use chocolate chips) and not feel guilty about blowing your diet. They also make for a great healthy snack for the kiddos. They are quick and easy to whip up and they stay good in an air-tight container (refrigerated) for days!

Guilt-Free Oatmeal Cookies

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Ingredients

  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/3 c. applesauce
  • 2 c. oats
  • 3 Tbsp. milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 c. raisins or chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir until well combined and the consistency of cookie dough.
  • Place spoonfuls of mixture onto a greased cookie sheet and bake 15-20 minutes.
  • Makes appx. 20 cookies.
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Comments

  1. Jennifer says:

    Should I use old fashioned oats or quick oats?

    • Erica says:

      I used quick oats…

  2. becky says:

    Are we talking regular bananas or spotty brown banana bread ones? I know that kind is sweeter…

  3. Jennifer says:

    My son is diabetic, is there a nutrition guide to know the carbs?

    • Erica says:

      I don’t have the nutrition facts. You might have to check the ingredients individually.

    • Teri says:

      I checked the ingredients on myfitnesspal. With chocolate chips it is 14g carbs per cookie, 88 cals, 3g fat, 2g protein.
      These look so yummy! I’m going to try them today 🙂

  4. Emily says:

    These are great! My kids loved them. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Kirsten says:

    Made these and sad to say I was disappointed. Not sure if there needed to be salt in these but my family and I felt they were a bit tasteless. 🙁

    • Erica says:

      You can add a little salt if you would like. You can also add nuts or coconut flakes for a different flavor!

    • Karla says:

      I add about a tbs of honey

  6. Hilary says:

    I just made this. There not as bad as I thought they would be, however they are missing something.. I will continue making these just for that fact im trying to watch what I eat. If you have any other healthy recipes please share.

    • Janice Fehr says:

      Maybe vanilla and chopped pecans??

      • Echo says:

        Yes! That would be delicious!

  7. Erica says:

    Was excited to try Was pleasantly surprised good flavour 🙂

  8. Kim says:

    Made these tonight and we loved them! Thank you for the amazing recipe!

  9. Chelsea says:

    What kind of applesauce do you use? Natural sugar free? Thanks!

    • Echo says:

      Yes! You can use the natural sugar free applesauce. Regular applesauce works great too, it just adds a little more sugar.

  10. Katie says:

    I just made these and they’re great! They are 2 WW points plus, or only one if you make 30 mini cookies. Wonderful guilt-free treat!

  11. Elli says:

    Is the cup in this recipe US cup?
    Or what?
    Cause i would need dl so i need to know wich cup this is! 😀

    • Echo says:

      Yes, the “c.” in this recipe is for cup, or 8 ounces. Thank you for asking!

  12. Carol says:

    Just made these, they’re pretty good.

  13. Kelly says:

    Do they have to be refrigerated? I’m making these for a cookie swap.

    • Erica says:

      They will look prettier if they are refrigerated but they don’t need to be

  14. KAY says:

    Can’t wait to make these, but I’m going to use toffee chips.

  15. Katrina says:

    I added a tsp. Of powdered stevia…it sweetened them up enough to give it more of a “cookie” taste

    • Echo says:

      Great idea! Thanks for sharing the tip! I haven’t used stevia in baking before. I’m glad to know it works well.

  16. KATHY says:

    I used golden raisins, dried cranberries & walnuts – mmmmmm

    • Echo says:

      Sounds delicious! Great ideas!

  17. Jackie says:

    These were awesome, I threw in some cranraisins, 1/2 C of walnuts and 1/2 C of chopped sugar free chocolate Hershey candies. Super yummy!

    • Echo says:

      That sounds delicious! Thank you for the good ideas!

      • Tonya says:

        I added chia seeds & shredded coconut to these & they turned out AMAZING, thank you so much!!!!!!
        I am always looking for healthy sugar-free recipes since recently having to cut out sugar, dairy and eggs from my diet…… THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!!!!

        • Echo says:

          Yum! Thank you for sharing your ideas. Kudos to you for cutting all of those things out of your diet. That is not easy. I’m glad you can enjoy this recipe!

  18. Silvia says:

    made these last night and brought them to work today. HUGE SUCCESS!!! I don’t like bananas and even I liked these! Based on the feedback above, I adjusted as follows: replaced the milk with 2tbsp almond milk and 1tbsp veg oil. Chocolate chips i went with 2/3 cup. I used unsweeted applesauce but added 3/4 tsp Truvia (stevia). They were yummy and people were not believing they were “guilt free”. Great recipe.

  19. ANNE says:

    I Loved, every body in my house like, no complains. Thanks for the recepe

  20. LuAnn says:

    Did I completely miss the boat on this one? Other than the raisins, mine are tasteless and heavy. The first batch, even with longer baking time, are doughy. The second batch I baked even longer. They are edible. The add-ins above may improve flavor but I found these really lacking.

    • Sarah says:

      I just made these and I agree with you. I’m going to try a longer bake time as well!

      • Echo says:

        Bake times can vary with different ovens and elevation. Be careful not to over bake. Thank you for your comment!

  21. Danielle says:

    These are yummy! I made them for the first time tonight. I used raisins and chocolate chips. My otherwise picky, about healthy things, brother actually loved them. I couldn’t be happier.

  22. Brittani says:

    I made these for dessert last night since we had guests. Everyone seemed to like them. Once I got past the non-traditional cookie texture, I loved them. My 9 month old ate one (without chocolate chips) and yelled until I gave him another. However, I used rolled oats. It seemed like more of a granola bar. I’m going to try pulsing the oats in my blender once or twice when I make them again. Very good!

    • Erica says:

      Great idea to process the oats! I am definitely going to try that next time. So glad you liked them!

  23. Mommydearest1213 says:

    I’ve read the comments & I’m going to give them a try. I decided on chocolate covered raisins, a little “sinful” never hurt anyone!

    • Erica says:

      I love the idea of chocolate covered raisins! YUM! Definitely doing that next time.

  24. Tailor says:

    These are my favorite more healthy treat. I’ve made them several times and never had an issue with the recipe… thank you for this!! Everyone in my family loves them as well. Just made a batch tonight and already ate two 🙂

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