When I first came across the two-ingredient cookie on Pinterest, I was skeptical. How could oats and bananas possibly combine to create anything that even remotely resembled a cookie?
But then I thought about the three-ingredient pancake (banana, egg, flour), and how I was initially skeptical about those, too. Now, I'm hooked, and whip 'em up at least once a week for a quick and delicious brinner. These cookies serve a similar purpose—replacing a classic, comforting dish with a simpler and healthier alternative. In fact, you can have two of these cookies for just 80 calories.
To create the cookies (which are great for breakfast on-the-go), all you need are a few overripe bananas and some old-fashioned oats. When combined, they bake into soft, chewy cookies that are especially delicious when warm—and will fill your kitchen with the sweet smell of banana bread. While I've seen some versions that have you grind up the oats, I preferred leaving them whole.
Lastly, if you're okay with just a few more ingredients, try tossing in some chocolate chips, a spoonful of peanut butter, or a handful of nuts. I've listed a few of my favorite riffs below.
2 Ingredient Banana Bread Cookies
Ingredients 2 small overripe bananas (about 1 cup mashed) 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350°F, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the bananas in a bowl and mash them with the back of a spoon.* The bananas don't need to become perfectly creamy—in fact, I prefer a few chunks of bananas in my cookies. Add the oats and stir to combine.
*To ensure the best results, measure your mashed banana into a 1 cup measuring cup.
Step 2: Spray the parchment paper with cooking spray and drop heaping spoonfuls of the batter onto the baking sheet. This recipe should yield about 12 cookies.
Step 3: Place the cookies in the oven and bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the tops are lightly browned and crisp. Let cool for a few minutes, then enjoy!
My favorite mix-ins:
Brown Sugar-Cinnamon Raisin Cookies Add 2 tbsp. raisins, 1/2 tsp. cinnamon and 1 tsp. brown sugar to the batter.
Almond Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies Add 2 tbsp. mini chocolate chips and 2 tbsp. almond butter (or peanut butter) to the batter.
Makes 6 servings (serving size: 2 cookies) CALORIES 80; FAT 1.1g (sat 0.2g, mono 0.34g, poly 0.36g); PROTEIN 2.03g; CARB 16.69g; FIBER 2.21g; CHOL 0mg; IRON 0.69mg; SODIUM 0.34mg