Am I allowed to keep posting pumpkin recipes after halloween? I really hope so because these cookies are just too good to resists sharing. I mean, yes, with the smoothies and risottos and granola and even ice cream… pumpkin is a bit overrepresented in my recipes, but is that such a bad thing? In these cookies, the pumpkin puree works so well to round out the flavors of the banana, oats, and spices to create a very healthy, all-natural snack that pays tribute to one of my favorite 5-minute afternoon snack recipes that I posted over a year ago (The Easiest Banana Oat Cookies).
You might have noticed that I categorized these cookies and a snack instead of a dessert. I wouldn’t exactly think of these like a typical “cookie” in terms of being a fatty and sugary treat. These are more like a simple, unprocessed, ‘one ingredient’ snack that makes a great healthy way to satisfy your afternoon cravings with just a few minutes of work. As a result, these are pretty much the only cookies where you can eat the entire batch and it would be a perfectly healthy & balanced meal. And did I mention they have pumpkin? 🙂
Makes a dozen cookies
- 3 medium bananas
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 1/2 cup oatmeal
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 1/4 cup date sugar
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- Pinch of salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
There’s two things I love about these cookies… 1) there’s just two quick steps (mix and bake) that take no more than 5 minutes and 2) they’re the most foolproof baked good you’ve ever made — The exact quantities of ingredients aren’t important, they are nearly impossible to burn, and they always just come out right.
Preheat oven to 350º F
In a large mixing bowl, mash the bananas until no chunks remain. Then simple add in all the other ingredients – pumpkin puree, oatmeal, raisins, date sugar*, pumpkin pie spice, salt, and vanilla.
*date sugar is simply whole dried dates that have been pulverized into a powder. You could substitute a little maple syrup or brown sugar if needed.
Measure out the batter into rounds slightly bigger than golf balls and flatten them onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Pop in the oven for about 15-20 minutes until firmly solid, then allow to cool before eating them all yourself. 🙂