Day 95 : Healthy Banana Drop Cookies

I had a bunch of ripe bananas on the counter, and figured rather than freeze them or let them go to waste I would just make some cookies.  We’ve had these before and we LOVE them.  They remind me a lot of a muffin in many ways, but they are chewy, and bursting with flavor.  The added benefits of the healthy wheat germ and oats is just icing on the cake because when eating these you don’t feel like you are eating “healthy food”.

They are very simple to make.  I like to process my oats in the food processor, and then once I have added all the dry ingredients in the bowl and mixed them I put it all back in the processor to incorporate the butter.  Then I just pulse it a few times until I get the right consistency.  I usually have Sunny D on hand so that’s what I use for these, but just use any type of orange juice you have.  They may not be the prettiest cookies, but I assure you they are one of the best!

Healthy Banana Drop Cookies

Serves : 24 cookies                  Time to make : 40 minutes

Ingredients :

  • 1 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 5 T. butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cup banana, mashed
  • 1/4 cup orange juice

Directions :

  1. Spray cookie sheets with non-stick spray and lightly dust with flour.
  2. In a blender or food processor grind the oats until fine.
  3. In a large bowl combine the oats, flour, sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon.
  4. Using a pastry blender or knives (or in the processor as I mentioned above) incorporate the softened butter into the dry ingredients until coarse crumbs form.
  5. In a separate bowl mash bananas and orange juice together, then add to your dry ingredients and stir to combine.
  6. Cover and chill dough for 20 minutes in the freezer.
  7. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  8. Drop dough by teaspoon fulls 1 1/2 inches apart on prepared cookie sheets and bake about 10 minutes until light golden brown.  I find it takes a few more minutes if I do both sheets at once.
  9. Allow to cool for a couple minutes before moving to a cooling rack to cool completely.


  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 5 tablespoons margarine, softened
  • 1 cup mashed banana (about 1 1/2 large bananas)
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
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