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Oat and banana cookies – Recipe Gluten Free Cookies

These oat and banana cookies are soft and chewy, filled with nuggets of nuts and pools of chocolate, and infused with a banana bread flavour. These are the perfect cookies to enjoy all year round. 

The addition of the banana is what makes these cookies completely eggless as it acts to bind the ingredients together and add moisture to help it spread. 

oat and banana cookies

Similarly, you can make these vegan by simply using dairy free spread in place of ordinary butter or margarine and gluten free flour in place of ordinary plain flour.  

In this recipe for banana cookies I will be going through how to make vegan cookies simple and answering your FAQs such as ‘how to make banana cookies no egg’ ‘are vegan cookies healthier’ ‘how to make banana cookies crispy’ and so much more.

A really great thing about this recipe for cinnamon roll pancakes is how nutritious they are. These healthy cinnamon roll pancakes use bananas as the egg substitute to make this eggless pancakes recipe easy. Without using any weird ingredients but rather just everyday ingredients in your pantry.

oat and banana cookies

Another great thing about this easy recipe for banana cookies is how customisable you can make it. For example, you can make these into the perfect pre workout snack by adding a vanilla protein powder or keep it to a traditional chocolate chip cookie without any of the additions.

I’ll also be sharing some more flavor variations and mix in’s below. And would highly recommend you check that part of this post out!

These quick easy vegan cookies require less than 20 mins to come together from start to finish!

If you’re looking for more eggless gluten free cookies to add to your baking list check out my Funfetti Cookies and Vegan Lemon Drizzle Cookies

Expert Baking Tips on how to make these vegan chocolate banana cookies

Although this chocolate banana cookies recipe is super simple to make, here are just a few expert tips I’d recommend:

  • Mash or blend your banana before adding it to the dry ingredients to remove any chunks of banana in your cookies
  • Place 4-5 cookie dough balls on your baking tray to prevent them from spreading onto the other cookies as it bakes
  • Used chopped chocolate instead of chocolate chips so the chocolate is more spread out throughout the cookies.
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Ingredients to make these banana cookies gluten free

  • Gluten-Free Plain Flour – this is paired with a tsp of xanthan gum to give more stability to the cookies to prevent them from crumbling. However, if you’d prefer not to make these gluten-free simply substitute the gluten-free flour for normal plain flour. There’s also no need to add xanthan gum. As the gluten in the normal flour will prevent the cookies from crumbling.
  • Dairy-Free Butter – This can either be dairy-free spread or vegan block butter. At room temperature to be creamed into the sugars. 
  • Caster sugar – I like to use caster sugar in my cookies which is just very refined sugar. So if you can’t find caster sugar I’d recommend using very refined granulated sugar.
  • Light Brown sugar – This helps create a chewy cookie by preventing retaining some of the cookies moisture and spreading too much.
  • Bananas – This is our egg substitute. NOTE if you’re worried about these cookies having a strong banana flavor, make sure to use a non ripe banana in the batter instead.
  • Oats – If you are making these cookies gluten free, make sure you are using gluten free oats, because although oats are naturally gluten free many of them are contaminated with the wheat fields. 

Gluten free vegan cookies recipe uk – Step by step instructions 

oat and banana cookies
  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper and set aside.
  2. Start by creaming together the sugar and butter until fully combined.
  3. Then add the mashed banana, and mix until incorporated. 
  4. Next mix in your dry ingredients, and finally mix in the chopped chocolate and nuts.
  5. Roll into medium sized balls or use a small ice cream scoop, placing 4/5 on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper (as they spread) and bake for 10-12 mins. 
  6. When done these cookies should be slightly golden brown around the edges and slightly soft in the center – it will gain its shape when cooled. Enjoy! 

Flavour Variations and Mixins for gluten free cookies recipes

Cinnamon Apple Cookies

These would be the perfect sugar cookie for fall. The recipe would be the same as the one for these oat and banana cookies but in place of the mashed banana you’ll use apple puree. There’ll also be no need for the nuts or chocolate so instead you’ll just need a tsp of cinnamon.

Everything but the kitchen sink cookies

This fun cookie is super customisable, following the same banana cookies chocolate chip recipe simply add your favorite additions from Reese’s cups, lotus biscuits, white chocolate chips, whatever you can think of add it- just make sure it tastes good;)

Let me know in the comments if you try these variations or if you came up with your own!

FAQs – Making gluten free cookies simple

How to make banana cookies crispy ?

The key to a crispy cookie is to make small cookie dough balls and baking them for a minute or two extra to get a crisp edge and slightly softer center

Are gluten free cookies healthy ?

Unfortunately, a snack being gluten free doesn’t mean it’s healthy, it simply means it doesn’t contain gluten and gluten is just a protein found mainly in bread. The remaining ingredients in this snack is where the ‘is it healthy’ question comes into play. If it contains high volumes of sugar and fat then that snack is NOT healthy even if it doesn’t contain gluten. 

However, this doesn’t mean you can’t eat these things at all. It just means have them in moderation alongside a well balanced diet and exercise 🙂 

Are gluten free cookies too crumbly ?

You will tend to find a lot of gluten free cookies can be extremely crumbly, but one way to avoid these is to add a tsp of xanthan gum to the batter when adding in your flour. As this acts as a stabilizer and prevents it from crumbling.

Can I make this into a – vegan cookies no chocolate recipe ?

Yes, you can make these cookies without chocolate if you’d prefer but I do think the nuggets of chocolate do elevate these cookies to a whole flavor profile.

Can I make this into a – banana cookies no butter recipe ? 

Yes, you don’t need to add butter to these cookies, margarine will also work well. This can be with dairy or without.

oat and banana cookies

Storing and freezing

How long do banana cookies last ?

They stay good at room temperature for up to 2 days, in the fridge for up to a week, and in the freezer for up to 2 months if stored in an airtight container.

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Oat and banana cookies

Oat and banana cookies

Course Snack
Cuisine Homemade
Keyword vegan
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Servings 8

Equipment

  • Baking tray

Ingredients

  • 226 g Vegan butter
  • 220 g Caster sugar
  • 410 g Gluten Free flour
  • 70 g Vegan chocolate
  • 80 g Light Brown sugar
  • 1 Banana
  • 60 g Brazil nuts
  • 15 g Hazelnuts
  • 20 g Rolled Oats

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 180°C. Line a baking tray with grease proof paper and set aside.
  • Start by creaming together the sugar and butter until fully combined.
    226 g Vegan butter, 220 g Caster sugar, 80 g Light Brown sugar
  • Then add the mashed banana, and mix until incorporated.
    1 Banana
  • Next mix in your dry ingredients, and finally mix in the chopped chocolate, oats and nuts.
    410 g Gluten Free flour, 70 g Vegan chocolate, 60 g Brazil nuts, 15 g Hazelnuts, 20 g Rolled Oats
  • Roll into medium sized balls or use a small ice cream scoop, placing 4/5 on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper (as they spread) and bake for 10-12 mins. 
  • When done these cookies should be slightly golden brown around the edges and slightly soft in the centre – it will gain its shape when cooled. Enjoy! 

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