Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies


First day of school, first day of school!

I have this old-fashioned way of thinking in that the first day of school should involve afternoon cookies with milk while unwinding in front of the television watching one of those ABC afterschool specials that haven’t been on since probably the late 1980’s.

Or maybe some cookies at the kitchen table while discussing your first day. Like, who sat next to who during lunch, who played with who at recess, who had the cool pencil case (I did, for sure, with a super collection of Hello Kitty pencils and the fun toppers) and what extra school supplies we need to run out to buy.

banana chocolate chip cookies

The reality is though, my son will arrive home today from his first day of school famished and ready for dinner.

He has soccer practice after school and while he may want a cookie as he discusses all of the details of his first day as soon as he walks through the front door, I will probably give him dinner to satisfy his seventh grade (what?!) growing boy appetite first.

Of course I made cookies though. It’s the first day of school!

The good news is that these banana chocolate chip cookies can be enjoyed at any time. They are healthy enough to be served as breakfast and decadent enough to enjoy as dessert.

banana chocolate chip cookies

No butter, oil, refined sugar or refined flour to be found.

These banana chocolate chip cookies are packed with protein too (thanks to the peanut butter, Skoop B-Strong and coconut flour) which makes these cookies great for keeping your blood sugars stable if enjoyed in the morning, perfect as an afternoon snack to prevent the 3:00 pm slump (worst time of day for me) and if eaten in the evening, help to repair your muscles while you sleep.

I can rationalize any cookie into your life 🙂

banana chocolate chip cookies

Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies
These banana chocolate chip cookies can be enjoyed at any time of the day. They are healthy enough to be served as breakfast and decadent enough to enjoy as dessert.
Recipe type: healthy dessert
Serves: 12 regular sized cookies or 6 big cookies
  • One medium ripe/overripe banana
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar
  • ¼ cup nut butter of choice
  • 1 organic egg
  • ¼ coconut flour
  • 1 cup oats of your choice (I used Love Grown Foods Super Oats)*
  • 1 scoop protein powder (I used Skoop B-Strong- the best in my opinion)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • pinch cinnamon
  • ½ cup chocolate chips or more (dairy free if necessary)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Mash banana in a bowl with coconut sugar.
  3. Add egg and peanut butter, mixing until well combined.
  4. Stir in oatmeal, coconut flour, cinnamon, protein powder and baking soda, mixing well.
  5. Add chocolate chips, mixing until combined.
  6. Drop rounded spoonfuls of cookie dough (pressing down on each slightly) on a lightly greased cookie sheet (or use baking sheets) and bake for 7 - 9 minutes.
  7. Cool on wire rack.
  8. Cookies can be stored in airtight container on counter for a few days. Refrigerate (or freeze) to keep longer.
If dough seems a little wet (which may happen if the banana is large), add another tablespoon of coconut flour or oatmeal to the batter.

I have made these cookies a few times, using either Love Grown Foods Super Oats or old-fashioned rolled oats and they come out great with either variety. Quick cooking and instant oats will work well too.

*Feel free to add raisins!



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Did you have a favorite afterschool snack?

Were you the kid with the cool pencils and pencil case?

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  • Susie @ SuzLyfe September 8, 2015, 6:55 am

    I like your old fashioned ideals. We didn’t really have a favorite after school snack–usually we were on the way to the barn so we’d get a second lunch or a candy bar on the way. SUPER HEALTHY.
    I remember waiting for the campus bookstore to open up so that you could go and buy all the cool pens. It wasn’t so much about the case as it was about the pens. Jelly Rolls were magical.
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles September 8, 2015, 12:06 pm

      I can recall eating a 3 Muskateers bar after school once or twice too 🙂

  • Allegra September 8, 2015, 8:00 am

    Those cookies look so yummy! And definitely breakfast worthy!
    I always had soccer or track or field hockey after school, so I was starving by the time I actually got home too.
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  • Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine September 8, 2015, 8:18 am

    These look perfect- thank your for being able to rationalize cookies into my life:) I have been all about making snacks that can be eaten any time of day- I especially like having something that I can bring to work because I am usually hungry by 9am.
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles September 8, 2015, 12:01 pm

      I can rationalize you any dessert! But these especially will work any time of the day. They are addicting though, just a little warning.

  • Michele @ paleorunningmomma September 8, 2015, 8:23 am

    I always felt like everyone else had the cool pencil cases! I’m loving the banana chocolate chip combo, and last night was dreaming up pumpkin choc chip too. These look yummy 🙂
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles September 8, 2015, 12:01 pm

      Loved my pencil cases! So much lol. I already started up with the pumpkin a week or so ago, I found a can from TJ left in my pantry from the winter. Pumpkin chocolate chip is another great combination! And healthy to0 🙂

  • Grace @ Diary of a Running Snail September 8, 2015, 8:30 am

    This recipe sounds amazing!! Just wondering what would happen if you left out the protein powder?
    I always loved a pb&j sandwich after school and a big glass of milk (pre-lactose intolerance of course – haha)
    I was never the kid with the cool stuff, my mom was always too practical! I just had to sit and wish someone would have a cool loot bag at their party so I could have some awesome pencil toppers!!
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles September 8, 2015, 11:58 am

      I think you can leave out the protein powder, so long as you sub in another flour of some sort. I haven’t tried it, but maybe an extra 1/4 cup of either oats, coconut flour or another flour…maybe almond meal, whole wheat flour, even pb2. Just something to help bind it better. Let me know if you try it!

  • Laura @ This Runner's Recipes September 8, 2015, 8:34 am

    Yum, these cookies look so good! Banana chocolate chip is one of my favorite combinations. Crackers and cheese was one of my favorite afterschool snacks growing up.
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles September 8, 2015, 11:57 am

      I actually can’t believe how addicting these cookies are! Such a great combination.

  • heather September 8, 2015, 8:53 am

    I never had the cool pencil case, sniffling, but now on the other hand I do. I loved fruit for after school snack. My kids all wanted junk food, I almost wondered if they were you know “smoking a j” during school. It is like they had the munchies and just wanted to crash. I am planning, key word, planning to run a little today to see how my leg is doing.
    Have a great Tuesday

  • Jamie September 8, 2015, 9:15 am

    No workout for me today…. trying to stick to a true, full rest day today! Maybe I’ll go for a bit of a walk before dinner, but definitely nothing too crazy! Love this cookie recipe… thanks so much for sharing! Have a fabulous Tuesday!
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles September 8, 2015, 11:55 am

      I know, it’s so weird on those full rest days! Once I get past the morning hours, I am good but the mornings I don’t exercise in any way feel so strange!

  • Shannon September 8, 2015, 11:08 am

    I always got frozen yogurt after school on the first day, and then the days after that I came home and made a smoothie or apples and peanut butter.
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  • Alyssa @ renaissancerunnergirl September 8, 2015, 12:38 pm

    Those cookies look amazing for right after the first day of school! It’s funny with Labor Day so late this year that it is just starting, although here in California it is in the 90s so I feel like after school banana chocolate Popsicles might be more appropriate 😉
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  • Heather@hungryforbalance September 8, 2015, 1:37 pm

    I love any reason to eat a chocolate chip cookie!
    You are such a sweet mama to make cookies to celebrate the first day of school!
    I used to teach 7th grade English and it is not so much about the pencil cases anymore. More like the iPhone cases 😉
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  • Amanda @ .running with spoons. September 8, 2015, 7:26 pm

    I love how you managed to squeeze all of my favourite things into one delicious cookie. And I swear that pencil cases were always the #1 most important thing on my school list. Well, those and a good planner, because otherwise I’d forget tests and essays 😛
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  • Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets September 13, 2015, 2:47 pm

    I could justify cookies for any reason too. The best part about these is I don’t need to. Also bananas.