Healthy Oatmeal Cookies

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These Healthy Oatmeal Cookies are made without butter, added sugar, flour, or eggs. And they are so yummy! I love that they are naturally gluten free, and that my kids are crazy about them.

Guilt Free Oatmeal Cookies stacked on a white plate with a glass of milk in the background.

Healthy Oatmeal Cookies

I wish I could tell you where this recipe for Healthy Oatmeal Cookies 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!

What makes these cookies healthy?

A quick look at the ingredient list, it appears that the things that make this recipe a healthy cookie are the ingredients that are omitted. For example, you’ll notice there is not butter, not sugar, no cream or other kinds of ingredients. Instead, these cookies use smashed bananas and applesauce. There is not flour or eggs in the mix either. So you can see why I was a little skeptical about giving them a try. But trust me. They are really good!

Substitutions to try

When I made these I did two different 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!

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How to Make Healthy Oatmeal Cookies

Healthy Oatmeal Cookies stacked on a white plate with a glass of milk in the background.

Healthy Oatmeal Cookies

4.25 from 8 votes
Bananas and applesauce replace butter, added sugar, flour, and eggs in these Healthy Oatmeal Cookies.  They are delicious and guilt-free!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course cookies
Cuisine American
Servings 18 cookies

Ingredients

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.

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Nutrition Information

Calories: 71kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 2gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 3mgPotassium: 146mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 15IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 11mgIron: 0.6mg

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Erica Walker

Erica lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband, Jared, an attorney, and her beautiful three girls. Beyond the world of recipes, she loves adventuring with everything from kayaking, to cruising, to snowboarding and taking the family along for the thrill ride.

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  1. I doubled the recipe. I adding 1 and 1/3 cups of cinnamon flavored apple sauce, to make up for only having 2 bananas. I replaced the milk with Greek yogurt. I added 1 cup of pecans and 1/4 cup of cinnamon chips. Also added 1 tsp. Salt and 1 tsp. Baking soda.
    They are very yummy!! Thanks for the great ideas!

    1. So glad you liked it! Thanks for sharing how you doubled the recipe with success. Great add in ideas too!

  2. 2 stars
    To get the batter the consistency of cookie dough I had to add one additional cup of oats and extra chocolate chips. I cooked for 16 minutes but disappointed with the taste – very chewy and airy – my son will not eat them at all. I froze the cookies to remove the “airyness” this helped a bit. In hind sight I think I should have cooked for 20 minutes and take the tip about adding honey.

  3. 5 stars
    My kids are 16 and 8 and both are huge fans!! Amazing recipe for all ages. Totally delicious. I used dark chocolate chips which added really nice flavor and keeps the sugar a bit lower. 100% would recommend.

  4. 4 stars
    I made this with steel cut oats, I used dark chocolate chips and added flax seeds (about 2 tsp) and a little salt. I made 20 cookies in the batch and they turned out hearty and delicious. Had to bake a bit longer, like 30 minutes.
    Kept in the fridge and this morning had 4 with a nice cup of coffee for breakfast 🙂 Next go around, I think I will add raisins as well to make just a tad sweeter and maybe some chopped toasted almonds.

  5. Could you use quick cooking steel cut oats to make them even healthier? Or is the texture or cooking time too much different?

    1. I think you should be ok with the cooking times. Much more time will make them too dry. If you try it, let us know how they turn out!

  6. 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 🙂

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

  9. 5 stars
    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.

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