Easy Vegan Banana Oatmeal Cookies are made with a splash of maple syrup, walnuts and coconut oil. Great snack for a busy morning on the go or the kid’s lunch box.
Ultra easy and moist Vegan Banana Oatmeal Cookies done in no time, perfect life saver on a busy day or to fill up your kid’s belly at school. Plus, who doesn’t like cookies? Easy Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies with Bananas is a fun recipe to do with the kids, a great way to make the kids learn to cook, impossible to miss! It’s also a good way to get rid of those old bananas that nobody wants to touch on the counter. The darker the banana, the tastier the cookie!
Maple syrup vs. other sweeteners
Ok, I must say… coming from the land of Maple syrup; Canada, I’m not unbiased here but I’ll try anyway. Maple syrup is known to be a “healthier” version of sugar because of its many health benefits. For starters, this elixir isn’t only better to taste but has a ton more minerals than other sweeteners. Another great factor is its lower glycemic index which means it won’t spike your blood sugar as strongly as other sugars. This golden syrup contains lots of antioxidants which is a barrier against illnesses like cancer.
The four types of Maple sirup
There are 4 colors or types for maple syrup: golden, amber, dark and very dark. High gastronomy chefs like the light or clearer version, it’s a more delicate and subtile and cost slightly more. It’s usually the first batches of the seasons too.
My native region, Quebec, is responsable for 70% of the export of maple sirup. In Quebec, well at least most people I know, we prefer the amber version which goes with everything. As a kid my dad used to put some white fluffy pieces of bread in a bowl and soak them up in this amber maple sirup! What a treat it was!
The third and fourth ones are the dark and very dark types, which is collected last in the season and therefore comes with lots of minerals and sugar, which makes it stronger, bolder. Used for special recipes because of its strong flavor. So, depending on your taste buds chose accordingly, there is no wrong choice here!
For this recipe, the bananas and coconut oil already bring some sugar to the cookies so I didn’t add much maple syrup to the mix. If you like your cookies really sweet just let loose on the maple sugar and double the amount, it’s still going to be on the healthy side.
For more on the benefits of maple syrup check this link!
This is a great recipe for the kiddos, no knife involved and frankly too easy to mess up. Let them treat you to their culinary talents. For the bananas, I’ve used the usual fork in the video but you could use a blender to make it ultra smooth or a potato peeler which is easier for the kids. Plus, if they make those “ultra healthy” cookies/snacks themselves, the chances they eat them without complaining is higher.
So let your offspring’s talents shine!
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Vegan Banana Oatmeal Cookies
- 180g (2 cups) quick or instant oats
- 4 ripe bananas
- 40g (1/3 cup) walnuts crushed
- 2 tbsp maple syrup or honey
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- Peel and mash all the bananas into puree
- Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well
- Let rest for 10 minutes, to let the oat soak up the moisture
- Form the cookies, add to a non stick cover on a baking sheet
- Cook at 180°C (350F) for 13-15 minutes