Using only 5 ingredients, these banana oat bites are easy, delicious and quick to make. These cookies are on the healthier side with no added sugar and perfect with your morning coffee or as an afternoon snack. Make sure to use a very ripe banana, as the banana along with the dates provide the sweetness. The cookies are bound together with oats and I used old fashioned oats for a chewier cookie, but quick oats work too.
- 1 large ripe banana mashed into a paste
- 1 cup very soft pitted dates mashed into a paste or very finely chopped
- 2 3/4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Pinch of Kosher salt or sea salt optional
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a non-stick cookie sheet with cooking spray or use a silicon baking sheet (Silpat). Combine the mashed banana, dates and oats in a medium bowl. Stir in the vanilla, cinnamon and add a pinch of salt. Mix well to combine. It'll be a sticky mixture.
- Drop about 2 tablespoon portions of the dough onto the baking sheet. Press down on the cookies to flatten. Bake the cookies for 13-15 minutes or until lightly browned on top. Remove the cookies from the oven and let cool for a few minutes. You can store the cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.
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