Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies

I like to watch the food network channel.  Sometimes I can find good recipes and at the very least I almost always get inspiration for creating new ones.  One day we were flipping channels and ended up on Kelsey’s Essentials.  The recipe of the day just happened to be banana cookies with a combo of ingredients I’d never seen before.  That caught my attention for a little while, but I wasn’t feeling inspired to make them.  My husband said, “We need to make those.”  You got it, dude!  He was my inspiration for whipping up these cookies.     🙂

These cookies are the perfect combination of banana bread, a chocolate chip cookie, and an oatmeal cookie.

10Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies

Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe
(Makes 30 cookies)


  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 2 overripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 and 3/4 cups rolled oats (also known as old fashioned oats)
  • 1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour Measure your flour correctly!
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, cream the sugar and shortening together.
  3. Mix in the mashed bananas, egg, and vanilla extract.  Set the wet ingredients aside.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together the oats, flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg.
  5. Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until all of the ingredients are just combined.
  6. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  7. Scoop about 2 tablespoons of dough for each cookie.  The cookie dough is wet so using a cookie scoop is ideal for dealing with it.  (I used a medium size Oxo cookie scoop.)
  8. Bake them in the preheated oven for about 18 minutes or until they are golden brown.  I placed 10 cookies per baking sheet because they don’t spread much during the baking process.

Store in an air tight container at room temperature or in a freezer friendly bag in the freezer.


These cookies are super quick to whip up.  I made this batch in about an hour.

03Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yes, there are healthy bananas and oats in these cookies.  No, these are not healthy cookies.  Hey, if that’s what you want to tell yourself to feel better about eating them then who am I to stop you from thinking that.     😉

06Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies

These cookies are so moist, like a light banana bread.  I usually freeze my cookies and my husband is notorious for grabbing one of them straight from the freezer.  Normally he will chomp on them while they are still so hard they could chip a tooth.  These aren’t hard at all right out of the freezer!  It’s cookie magic.     😉

01Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies

These have the perfect banana flavor and just the right amount of chocolaty goodness in them.  As if by magic (yes, more magic in one cookie) the chocolate chips provide an awesome crunch.  You read that right, crunch, from a chocolate chip.  Okay, this isn’t true if you choose to eat them right out of the oven, but a soft oatmeal cookie gets exactly the right amount of extra texture from the chocolate.  See?  Magic.     🙂

09Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies

There are a bazillion banana cookie recipes floating around. Yes, literally a bazillion.     😉  While I’ve not tried all bazillion of them, this one really nails it.  Everyone that has tried them loves them.  I love them.  My husband loves them (good thing, since it was his suggestion that we make these).  My sister is picky with banana flavored goodies and even she loves these cookies.  My two nephews each gave me two thumbs up.  Loving that!  The list goes on from here, but I think you get the idea.  Banana cookies that even people who don’t like banana stuff like?  Rock on.

11Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies

Have you made banana cookies?  If yes, how did you make them?


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Source: Kelsey Nixon


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  1. I love the sound of these cookies! With the addition of banana it’s basically a health snack, right? *wink*

    1. Tina says:

      Healthy indeed! 😉

  2. Anything with bananas is considered healthy in my book 😉 I miss cable just so I could have the food network on all day!!

    1. Tina says:

      Haha, I like the way you think!

  3. I love bananas and these cookies sound amazing!! I’ve never made banana cookies before…(that I can remember)

    1. Tina says:

      Definitely a cookie to be made! 🙂

  4. I enjoy watching Kelsey’s essentials. She has such great recipes. Chocolate is considered healthy and so do banana’s, that makes these cookies healthy! 🙂

    1. Tina says:

      Right on! 🙂

  5. Since there’s banana in ’em then these cookies are totally appropriate for breakfast right? 😉 I really need to try banana cookies—I’ve heard they’re the epitome of softness!

    1. Tina says:

      Ooh, breakfast cookie! Yes, I love that. 🙂 These are ubber soft!!!

  6. Rachel says:

    These looks so tasty! I have a very favorite oatmeal cookie recipe that also uses shortening. It seems to make a very chewy but crisp cookie. But, your addition of bananas and chocolate to an oatmeal cookie really up the “yum” factor! I might have to try these real soon–
    but I have agree with some of the other comments..I’m going with bananas = healthy cookie:)

    1. Tina says:

      Hehe…love it! 🙂

  7. I LOVE the food network. I pretty much always have it on in the background when I’m home. These cookeis look great! I bet your cookie jar was empty pretty quickly!

    1. Tina says:

      Oh yes, these cookies didn’t last long at all!

  8. You did a great job of selling these to me, Tina! Love the idea that you can eat them straight from the freezer … bonus!

    1. Tina says:

      That’s awesome! Just stating the facts. 🙂

  9. marcie says:

    These cookies look so thick and packed with wholesome ingredients, just the way I like ’em! They look absolutely delicious, Tina! 🙂

    1. Tina says:

      Thanks so much!

  10. These cookies sound wonderful Tina! I’ve made all kinds of baked goods with bananas, but never cookies. Can’t wait to try these!

    1. Tina says:

      Thanks! I hope you love them as much as we do. 🙂

  11. This is a great flavor combination Tina and I’ll bet they taste amazing! I think my husband would love them!

    1. Tina says:

      Thanks Kristi! If your husband is like mine then the cookies won’t last long. 😉

  12. I’m still cracking up over the Michelle Tanner “You got it dude” montage. Ah, good times! These sound awesome. I’ve done banana chocolate chip before, but never tried adding oatmeal–obviously I need to make them in the name of scientific inquiry, right?!

    1. Tina says:

      Haha, I loved Full House. I definitely think you need to experiment. 😉

  13. Taste of home magazines are like the food network for me! Lots of inspiration ! Maybe too much haha :). I’ve seen a lot of oatmeal cookies today – I am craving then like crazy! I LOVE bananas so this has my name written all over it !

    1. Tina says:

      I love getting recipes from magazines too. Lately my favorite has been Better Homes and Gardens. If you love bananas then I think you’ll love these. 🙂

  14. My favourite trio all together. They look so chewy and delicious. Have a super weekend. BAM

    1. Tina says:

      Awesome trio! Thanks Bam!

  15. Did you say banana bread in cookie form??? I so need to try these, they look amazing! And hey, if there’s banana, they have to be healthy… which of course means that I can have seven for breakfast. Am I rigt or am I right??

    1. Tina says:

      You are so right!! 🙂

  16. Three of my favorite things in one cookie? A definite success! Can’t wait to give these a try 🙂

    1. Tina says:

      Awesome! Thanks. 🙂

  17. Kelly says:

    These cookies sound wonderful Tina- what a great flavor combination! Yay, since there’s bananas in here that means I can totally have some cookies for breakfast too 😉

    1. Tina says:

      I like the way you think…cookies for breakfast!

  18. Ashley says:

    I’m picky with banana baked goods like your sister so now you have me convinced I need to try these! Plus with the chocolate and oats …. Have a great weekend!!

    1. Tina says:

      Sweet! 🙂

  19. Bananas and chocolate chips are one of my all time favorite combos. They look perfect!

    1. Tina says:

      Thanks so much, Melanie!

  20. Beautiful cookies, I really need to start baking with banana more, I think I should start with these delights!

    1. Tina says:

      Wahoo! 🙂

  21. I love watching the cooking channels too for inspirations. Was just watching unique sweets earlier and had to grab a notebook to jot down ideas. These cookies look amazing. I love that the bananas add extra softness and moisture! Pinning to try!

    1. Tina says:

      You’re too cute! Thanks so much for the nice compliments and for pinning! 🙂

  22. What perfect timing – we happen to have some overripe bananas hanging out in our fruit basket at the moment. 🙂 And you got me when you described these as a cross between banana bread, a chocolate chip cookie, and an oatmeal cookie. Yes, yes, and yes! These look awesome!

    1. Tina says:

      Cool! 🙂

  23. Banana and chocolate chips are the perfect couple, these cookies looks delish!

    1. Tina says:

      Thanks so much! 🙂

  24. Danguole says:

    Yes please! Sometimes you just want banana bread, but more portable. And with chocolate.

    1. Tina says:

      You hit it right on! 🙂

  25. Joanne says:

    I love significant other inspired inspirations! Especially because then if they don’t turn out well, you can totally blame them. 😛 But luckily these look awesome!!

    1. Tina says:

      Haha. Thanks Joanne!

  26. The instant you add bananas, I deem the food “healthy”… which then helps me to not feel guilty about eating 47 cookies, haha. These look great!

    1. Tina says:

      Haha…if you say the word, then so it shall be! 😉 You always have the nicest comments. Thanks so much! 🙂

  27. I bet bananas in the chocolate chip cookies would taste great!! This looks delicious!!

    1. Tina says:

      They sure do. 🙂 Thanks!

  28. You have a lovely blog! This is my kind of cookie. I love banana and chocolate and oatmeal cookies are my favorite!

    1. Tina says:

      Thank you so much! I appreciate you stopping by. 🙂

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