Crazy-easy, chewy and delicious, these 3 Ingredient Oatmeal Cookies are so simple to make and are just the BEST cookies! These moist, tender, chewy oatmeal cookies are the perfect
Next time try 4 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies!
❤️ Why you'll love this recipe
✔️ Instant Oatmeal Cookies - How crazy is that? And these cookies are GOOD! Like seriously good. Like "Deb the anti-sweet girl ate three" cookies (embarrassing yes!) but true, good!!!
✔️ They are perfect for an after-school snack or breakfast cookie for busy mornings.
✔️ If you can make a bowl of oatmeal, you can make these cookies. They are the easiest cookies to make!
For the exact simple ingredients for these chewy cookies, please refer to the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.
- Maple Pecan Instant Oatmeal - individual serving packets. Or maple instant oatmeal packets.
- Soft Banana - they add a nice sweetness to the recipe and serve as a binder.
- Pecans - additional nuts are optional. I add them because it really drives the pecan flavor home. You could also use walnuts or crunchy hazelnuts!
Are you shaking your head at Instant Oatmeal? Don't be! Those little packets have a ton of flavor!
This is an overview of the instructions for healthy banana oatmeal cookies. For the full recipe, scroll down to the bottom!
- Preheat the oven, spray a cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray
- Mash bananas.
- Chop the pecans.
- In a large bowl, mix 2 packets of instant oatmeal in with the mashed banana.
- Stir in the pecans.
- Drop by spoonfuls or using a cookie scoop onto baking sheet.
- Bake cookies for 12 minutes.
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- Mixing bowl set - I like the stackable sets, great value and they take up less space in the cupboard.
- You don't even need a mixer to make these, use a wooden spoon and mix it together by hand.
- A baking sheet (I have a stack of these) and parchment paper - I prefer to use the precut sheets.
Place the overripe bananas in a Ziploc freezer bag and pop it in the freezer. Skin on/skin off - either way, works. Personally, I think leaving the skin on preserves the banana better.
Yes, when these are cooled, be sure to refrigerate the oatmeal banana cookies. They also freeze great!
Yes, using a silpat or parchment paper is best when baking these cookies.
What makes these cookies extra delicious is a good over-ripe banana.
- Place the bananas in a paper bag and leave them on the counter
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and bake the bananas (peel-on) for 15 to 20 minutes until the skins are completely black.
- Remove the skin, place the bananas in a bowl and microwave at 15-second intervals until soft. Depending on your microwave it will take 2-3 times until it can be easily mashed.
- Just a heads up, this is a sticky cookie dough, but they will hold their cookie shape.
- Use a silicone mat or parchment paper to bake the cookies on.
There are several varieties of individual serving oatmeal packets. The apples and cinnamon would be terrific with a handful of dried cranberries and walnuts.
Substitute a handful of raisins for the nuts when you use the Cinnamon and Spice packet. That is super yummy! These are so simple and perfect for a grab 'n go breakfast for busy mornings!
A handful of dark chocolate chips is terrific with the maple and brown sugar packets.
Store cookies in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They will last up to a week!
Refrigerator - Allow cookies to cool to room temperature. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Freezer - these freeze great up to two months.
More recipes made with bananas
Still have some leftover bananas? Be sure and try, Grandma Few's Banana Bread it's so moist and delicious!
Or if you have a serious chocolate craving this guilt-free recipe for Chocolate Chip Banana Bars will take care of that!
It's been so fun sharing tried and true family cookie recipes on the blog! Here are more of my favorite easy cookie recipes!
- Grandma Cochrane's Pecan Sandies so crispy and rich.
- Grandma Bertha's Butter Cookies are perfect with a cup of coffee!
- These super delicious Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies are amazing, all you need is a big glass of milk!
- How about Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Cookies - SO yummy!
- Homemade Buckeyes - sweet, chocolatey peanut butter bites of deliciousness!!
I'm so proud to share those old family recipes. They are all handwritten and passed down with love!
When it comes to after school snacks, cookie exchanges and holidays desserts, homemade is best but it doesn't have to be complicated! These delicious cookies are quick and easy to make!
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3 Ingredient Oatmeal Cookie Recipe
- 1 large over-ripe banana
- 2 packets maple pecan instant oatmeal
- ¼ cup pecans chopped
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- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Spray baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray set aside.
- Using a fork, mash the banana, chop the pecans.
- In a large mixing bowl, mix dry ingredients, the 2 packets of instant oatmeal in with the banana, stir in the pecans.
- Drop dough by spoonfuls onto a baking sheet - I use a small ice cream scoop so the cookies are uniform in size and bake evenly.
- Bake for 12 minutes until golden brown, allow to cool for 5 minutes before removing from the baking sheet onto a wire rack.
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💭 Recipe backstory
I've had the privilege of hosting KSEE24 before here at the house, but I've never been to the station, so this was exciting stuff! I got up bright and early (3 am!) to get ready, pack everything up and head to the station!
These cookies made their debut last week on TV! If you live here in the Valley I was on our local NBC affiliate station KSEE24 News morning show!
They are the perfect cookies to make for the show. So simple, it takes longer to preheat the oven than mix the cookie dough!
We had four segments on air. We baked Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies, 4 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies and these tasty 3 Ingredient Oatmeal Cookies! We wrapped everything up in the end by packaging them into cute little boxes (pictured above) for a cookie exchange!
If you're doing any baking, this is definitely the place to start!