These Banana Bread Cookies are made with pantry staple ingredients, sweetly ripened bananas, toasted walnuts, and chocolate chips! Each pan of delicious cookies comes out of the oven after just 10 to 12 minutes of baking!
For another cookie that’s packed with sweet banana flavor try out my Healthy Banana Oatmeal Cookies! Made with just 3 easy ingredients in under 30 minutes!
Banana Bread Cookies are soft, lightly crisp cookies that are filled with sweet chocolate chips and crunchy toasted walnuts! They’re everything you love about a traditional loaf of banana bread just in cookie form!
I LOVE banana bread! But sometimes cutting a loaf nicely can be difficult and eating a slice oftentimes turns into a crumbly mess. With these Banana Bread Cookies, you skip the cutting and serving, and instead pick up a grab-and-go treat!
Tuck these tender cookies into your kid’s lunch boxes or enjoy them as a breakfast treat! Even bake them up around the holidays to break up the seasonal flavors that float around this time of year!
You’ll notice that a lot of the ingredients for this Banana Bread Cookies recipe are the same ones you may find in a classic loaf of Banana Bread. This recipe begins by beating together light brown sugar, softened butter, and mashed banana.
To make these cookies it takes 1/2 cup of mashed banana, which I generally find to be about one banana. For this recipe, I like using bananas that are soft with brown spots all over.
Next, you’ll add vegetable oil, eggs, and vanilla extract.
You’ll use old-fashioned oatmeal to make oat flour in the food processor. This ingredient should not be skipped or substituted as it gives these cookies a distinct texture that makes them a little more bready.
Afterward, all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and ground cinnamon are whisked together in a separate bowl before mixing in with the banana mixture.
The cookie dough is then finished off with toasted chopped walnuts and semi-sweet chocolate chips! If you’d like a sweeter cookie you could also use milk chocolate chips. Totally up to you and your taste buds!
How To Make Banana Bread Chocolate Chip Cookies
Toast the walnuts by baking them on a baking sheet. Set them aside to cool.
Beat the light brown sugar, butter, and mashed banana together in a large bowl.
Add in the oil and then the eggs one at a time. Afterward, add in the vanilla extract and mix until everything is fully incorporated.
Whisk together the cinnamon, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and flour in a separate bowl.
Mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until just combined.
Fold in the toasted walnuts and chocolate chips.
Cover the bowl of cookie dough tightly with plastic wrap. Then place it in the refrigerator to chill.
Drop scoops of cookie dough onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Bake the cookies and then cool them on the pan before placing them on a wire rack.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Do I Store These Banana Bread Cookies?
Place the baked and cooled cookies in an airtight container and store them at room temperature. Then enjoy the cookies within 1 to 2 days!
Do I Have To Chill The Cookie Dough?
Yes, I do not recommend skipping this step in the recipe! Chilling the dough is where that signature banana bread flavor develops!
Can I Leave The Chocolate Chips Out Of This Banana Bread Cookie Recipe?
Of course! I personally prefer them with extra toasted walnuts instead of a combination of walnuts and chocolate chips. However, my family really enjoys them with chocolate! Feel free to leave them out if that’s your preference!
These Banana Bread Cookies are a sweet and delicious way to mix up what batch of cookies are coming out of your oven this week! Try another treat that’s also filled with tasty bananas by grabbing another recipe!
- Air Fryer Banana Bread – Comes out lightly crisp on the outside while remaining incredibly moist on the inside!
- Easy Banana Pudding – Filled with layers of creamy pudding, fresh bananas, vanilla wafers, and fluffy whipped cream!
- Delicious Banana Muffins – Loaded with crunchy walnuts, cozy cinnamon, and finished off with a sugary crumble!
- Best Banana Cake – Moist, homemade banana cake that’s covered in a tangy, creamy cheese frosting!
- Bananas Foster – A warm, sweet dessert that’s served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!
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Banana Bread Cookies
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- 1½ cups light brown sugar
- ½ cup unsalted butter softened
- ½ cup mashed banana about 1 ripe spotted banana
- ⅓ cup vegetable oil
- 2 large eggs room temperature
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- 2¾ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1½ teaspoons fine sea salt
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1½ cups chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 350°F and spread the walnuts out on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes to toast them. Set them aside to cool while you prepare the rest of the recipe.
- In a large bowl or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat together the brown sugar, butter, and mashed banana at medium speed for 3 to 4 minutes.
- Reduce speed to low and add in the oil and eggs, one at a time, then add the vanilla and mix until fully incorporated. Scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
- Add oatmeal to a food processor and pulse until fine to make oat flour.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the oat flour, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
- Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients just until combined.
- Fold in the chocolate chips and toasted walnuts.
- Cover the mixing bowl in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 12 hours and up to 3 days before baking. DO NOT skip chilling as this is where the signature banana bread flavor develops.
- When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Use a medium cookie dough to portion out the dough and drop onto the prepared baking sheet about 2 inches apart.
- Bake for 10 to 12 minutes then remove from the oven and allow them to cool for 10 minutes on the pan before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Do I Have To Chill The Cookie Dough? Yes, I do not recommend skipping this step in the recipe! Chilling the dough is where that signature banana bread flavor develops!
- Can I Leave The Chocolate Chips Out Of This Banana Bread Cookie Recipe? Of course! I personally prefer them with extra toasted walnuts instead of a combination of walnuts and chocolate chips. However, my family really enjoys them with chocolate! Feel free to leave them out if that’s your preference!