These Healthy Banana Peanut Butter Cookies are super easy to make and are only 50 calories each! They have no added sugar and are vegan and gluten free, too.
Eating sugar is such a slippery slope. I always have the best intentions to keep sugar out of my diet, and then, after a while I inevitably get lax with it.
It starts off innocently. I’ll just add a little honey to this peanut butter banana sandwich. Why not top my oatmeal with some pure maple syrup? That’s not so bad; it’s natural sugar, after all.
Then, I’m adding 1/2 cup of Sucanat to every other baked good I make. I justify it because at least it’s unrefined evaporated cane juice and retains some nutrients.
The next thing you know, sugar, whether it be refined or unrefined, natural or not, starts to take over.
The truth is this: sugar is sugar. Whether you consume it in the form of the white refined stuff or via honey, it still has a negative effect on your body. Which is why I’ve always contended that sugar, even natural sweeteners, should only be a small part of your diet, eaten in moderation.
The moderation part has been eluding me lately.
I made these little Healthy Banana Peanut Butter Cookies with no added sugar as a way to transition from eating way too many sugary foods to eating none at all. They are not technically “sugar free”, but their sugar comes from the bananas and dates. They are definitely the healthiest cookie I’ve had in a while.
Even though these are healthy cookies, they are satisfying my sweet tooth. The flavor is strong banana with subtle peanut butter undertones. The peanuts add a nice little crunch that complements the chewy oats and banana combination.
Whether you are giving up sugar for lent or just want a healthier cookie to feed your toddler or kids, give these little guys a try. They are easy to whip together and super tasty.
How to Make Healthy Banana Peanut Butter Cookies
Healthy Banana Peanut Butter Cookies
A healthy cookie with no added sugar, these little crunchies are bursting with banana and peanut butter flavor. They are vegan and gluten-free if you use certified GF oats.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 25 minutes
- Yield: Makes approximately 4 dozen small cookies 1x
- Category: Snacks
- Cuisine: American
- 1 1/3 cup mashed banana (4 small bananas)
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1/3 cup crunchy peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup dates, chopped
- 2/3 cup peanuts, chopped
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease two cookie sheets or line with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients well. Allow the mixture to sit for 15 minutes. Drop by the tablespoon full onto the cookie sheets. Bake for 15-18 minutes, until the tops of the cookies are golden brown. Enjoy!
- Serving Size: 1 cookie
- Calories: 52
- Sugar: 4g
- Sodium: 1mg
- Fat: 2.2g
- Saturated Fat: 0.4g
- Carbohydrates: 7.5g
- Fiber: 1g
- Protein: 1.5g
- Cholesterol: 0g
Keywords: healthy snack
This recipe was first published in February of 2012. Photos were updated and a video was added in August of 2019.