Flourless Six-Ingredient Banana Oatmeal Cookies

Cookies are meant to be delicious, full of amazing flavor, and provide some guilty pleasure.  Here is a recipe that achieves all the desires that a cookie should offer.  Only six ingredients needed, no flour, and pure happiness.  That is what these Banana Oatmeal Cookies will bring with every bite!

Flourless Six-Ingredient Banana Oatmeal Cookies

Life tends to throw us curve balls, and we just have to be positive and ready for anything.  Since this is not only my blog about recipes, it is also my journal.  I wanted to share what life changes have developed, and why you will be seeing many changes here at CafeTerraBlog.  One promise I will give you, there will still be some “unhealthy” recipes made for my friends and family.

A few weeks ago my Endocrinologist shared that my Parathyroid was not functioning appropriately.  Calcium in my diet was not being absorbed correctly.  Now since two is better than one, I was also having issues with hypoglycemia (low blood sugar.)  So my doctor recommended a Diabetic diet.  WOW, now this will be different right?  Well for this sugaraholic, it may be a wee bit different!

There is Diabetes in my family, so staying healthy is so important to me.  I have stopped including sugar in my diet almost completely.  I said “almost completely” because I have not been diagnosed with Diabetes, but still could become Diabetic someday.  Trying to eat healthy now is priority in my life….AND honestly, I feel amazing!  So there you go, my fun adventures with food just keep growing!

Flourless Six-Ingredient Banana Oatmeal Cookies Now another fun part to this new way of eating, I have discovered Palm (Coconut) Sugar.  I love reading Amy Green’s blog Simply Sugar and Gluten Free, and will be sharing more on her lovely cookbook VERY soon.  Palm sugar is used in these cookies.  You could use regular sugar, or completely exclude sugar if you choose.  I like my treats to have some sweetness, so this sugar is a great substitute.

Also, since I cannot have all-purpose flour, you may see more gluten free choices here.  One thing I stand by, ALL recipes can be altered to you taste buds.  So don’t be afraid to use all-purpose flour, instead of using the flours I choose in each recipe.

This recipe evolved from conversations with my Sister and Mom.  They were sharing about two-ingredient recipes, and how you can find many of them on Pinterest.  Since I like things with extra flavor, I chose to add a few extra ingredients to my cookies.  These cookies are perfect for traveling with, AND give you a quick pick-me-up!

Flourless Six-Ingredient Banana Oatmeal Cookies

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Flourless Six-Ingredient Banana Oatmeal Cookies

10 minPrep Time

10 minCook Time

20 minTotal Time

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4 bananas, mashed
1/4 cup Palm sugar (coconut sugar)
1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats (or gluten-free oats)
1/2 cup dried cherries
Pinch of ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp cinnamon


Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Line baking sheet with parchment paper, or spray with cooking spray.

In medium bowl - mash bananas, add palm sugar, old fashioned oats, dried cherries, ground nutmeg, cinnamon. Mix together well. Use tablespoon to add cookie dough to baking sheet.

Bake for 10 minutes (or longer, depending on oven.)

Cool and store the cookies in the refrigerator for up to seven days.



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  • The Café Sucré Farine
    You have certainly made the best of your diagnosis's. What a yummy sounding recipe!!
  • Angie
    Terra, these cookies look wholesome with all the healthy elements!
  • David @ Spicedblog
    Holy cow, these look delicious! I love banana bread and I love oatmeal, but I've never combined them into a cookie. And I'm thinking these are ok to eat for breakfast...cookies for breakfast!!
  • kitchenriffs
    That is indeed a curve ball! But you're handling it quite sensibly -- it'll be fun to experiement with new things in your cooking and baking. Like these terrific looking cookies! They look wonderful -- thanks.
  • Thespicyrd
    You have such a great attitude Terra! These cookies look scrumptious & I love the taste of coconut sugar too! Amy's blog has lots of delicious recipes :-) Looking forward to lots of healthy deliciousness from you! xoxo
  • Hotly Spiced
    I'm sorry to hear about your health issues and when the issues involve having to change your diet it's even worse. It's great that you're handling it all so well. I love the look of these cookies and it's unbelievable they have so few ingredients xx
  • Its always a good idea to watch sugar intake generally and with these kind of recipes you can enjoy guiltfree desserts!!I love that it uses such little ingredients and looks fantastic :) Good luck with your efforts!
  • Maureen Shaw
    Sorry about the health issues, Terra but you certainly seem to be attacking the situation with gusto. Well done. These no-bake cookies certainly don't 'look' healthy but it's nice to know they are.
  • The Wimpy Vegetarian
    Oh I'm totally making these! I love coconut sugar and keep it around all the time. I've tried to cut back on sugar generally, which is such a challenge when we love to bake. So I'll be really interested to see the desserts you come up with! I love your attitude, and am so sorry you're having to deal with this.
  • Now that's a double whammy! I learned about Parathyroid when a friend of mine got the same diagnosis as yours. What a strange bird when it's not working properly. Hope you and your doctors can get it and the diabetes under control. The cookies are a great start! Kind of like healthy granola bites. YUM!
  • Oh Terra, I'm so sorry to hear about your health issue and new challenges in life! But after reading your post, I realized I only felt the positive energy from you! You're amazing. Here's to a great start, and with your delicious looking HEALTHY cookies (that I can eat a lot? :))!
  • Anna @ The Table
    I love the idea of using bananas in cookies, it makes them almost guilt-free! My fiancé has diabetes in his family, so I try and limit our sugar intake as well. Eating healthy can still be delicious!