Easy Vegan Banana Oatmeal Cookies are made with a splash of maple syrup, walnuts and coconut oil—an excellent snack for a busy morning on the go or the kid’s lunch box.
Ultra easy and moist Vegan Banana Oatmeal Cookies are done in no time, the perfect lifesaver 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, and impossible to miss! It’s also an excellent way to eliminate 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” sugar version because of its many health benefits. This elixir isn’t only better to taste but has many more minerals than other sweeteners. Another significant factor is its lower glycemic index which means it won’t spike your blood sugar as strongly as other sugars. This golden syrup contains many antioxidants, a barrier against illnesses like cancer.
The Four Types of Maple Syrup
There are four colours or types of maple syrup: golden, amber, dark and very dark. High gastronomy chefs like the light or more definitive version; it’s more delicate and subtle and costs slightly more. It’s usually the first batches of the seasons too.
My native region, Quebec, is responsible for 70% of the export of maple syrup. In Quebec, at least most people I know, we prefer the amber version, which goes with everything. As a kid, my dad put some fluffy white pieces of bread in a bowl and soaked them up in this amber maple syrup! What a treat it was!
The third and fourth ones are the dark and very dark types, collected last in the season and therefore come with lots of minerals and sugar, making them stronger and bolder. They are used for unique recipes because of their intense flavour. So, choose accordingly depending on your taste buds; there is no wrong choice here!
The bananas and coconut oil added sugar to the cookies for this recipe, so I didn’t add much maple syrup. If you like sweet cookies, just let loose on the maple sugar and double the amount; it will still be healthy.
For more on the benefits of maple syrup, check this link!
This is an excellent recipe for the kiddos, no knife involved and frankly too easy to mess up. Let them treat you to their culinary talents. I’ve used the standard fork in the video for the bananas, 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 are higher.
So let your offspring’s talents shine!
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 a puree.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.
- Let them rest for 10 minutes, so the oats soak up the moisture.
- Form the cookies, and add them to a non-stick cover on a baking sheet.
- Cook at 180°C (350F) for 13-15 minutes.