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Healthy Peanut Butter Banana Cookies

It’s no secret, I love cookies! I’m sure you’re already privy to this little tidbit of information, but I thought I’d mention it again for good measure.

It all started when I met this very talented actress/food blogger, Kayle of The Cooking Actress. Her cookie obsession is down right infectious. I go to her site just to ogle all of her mouth-watering cookies, wishing I could reach through my computer screen and munch on a few. Oh, if only that were possible.

When I’m craving a quick treat, I whip up a quick batch of cookies. They’re the closest thing to instant gratification you’re going to get, which is probably why they’re my go-to snack.

Stir, scoop, bake, eat. It’s as simple as that.

Since I tend to eat above and beyond my fair share of cookies, I decided to develop a cookie recipe that was both delicious and healthy…because there’s no point eating something healthy if it’s not delicious, right?

What came out of my oven the other day is the epitome of healthy cookie recipes. If I didn’t tell you they were healthy, you’d never know it.

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Peanut butter banana cookies with mini chocolate chips. They remind me of banana bread…mini banana breads. Mmm!

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I made these cookies for my Mom-mom and Pop-pop. My grandmother is diabetic, so she has to watch her sugar and carbohydrate intake, and my grandfather struggles with high blood pressure, so he watches just about everything he puts into his system.

Since they’re always complaining that I make them fat, I decided to develop a recipe that not only tasted delicious, but was good for them as well. The result surpassed my expectations. Who knew a healthy cookie could taste so good.

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The cookies are soft and moist like banana bread. They’re made with whole wheat flour, a generous helping of peanut butter, greek yogurt, ripe bananas, brown sugar, and mini chocolate chips.

Now when I’m in the mood for a snack, I reach for one of these guilt-free cookies.

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My dad isn’t much into sweets, but he fell in love with these. Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought he would have liked these cookies. My mom called me shortly after my grandparents left to travel back home to tell me that dad really likes the cookies. She told me that they were gone, and that I needed to make more for day. “Whoa, wait. My dad? No way! Does he know they’re healthy?” was my response. “No, he doesn’t, and we’re not going to tell him,” she said.

The secret is out of the bag now!

Since that call from my mom 3 weeks ago, I’ve made him 3 batches of these cookies. I’m now his personal baker. Anytime the cookies get low, I get a call to replenish them.

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Healthy Peanut Butter Banana Cookies

Recipe Type: Cookies
Author: Jennie
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  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicon mats.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, mash banana until smooth. Using a rubber spatula, stir in in brown sugar until combined. Stir in peanut butter, egg yolk, Greek yogurt, and vanilla until smooth.
  4. Fold in the flour mixture until incorporated. Fold in mini chocolate chips.
  5. Using a 1-inch scoop, scoop the cookie mixture onto the baking sheets, making sure the cookies are 3 inches apart. Bake for 11 minutes.
  6. Cool the cookies on the pans for 3 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. Store cookies in an airtight container for up to 7 days.


34 Responses to “Healthy Peanut Butter Banana Cookies”

  1. #
    [email protected] & Trinkets — April 8, 2013 at 8:21 am

    Secretly healthy is the best kind of healthy.


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    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — April 8, 2013 at 10:13 am

    These look so delicious, Jennie! Way to start the week!


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    Mom — April 8, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Ring Ring Sweetheart, we are down to our last two. They are now my go to healthy snack so double up! When I take one Dad says “Hey, they are mine.” He needs to learn to share, lol.. Thanks, we love you bunches!


  4. #
    Anita at Hungry Couple — April 8, 2013 at 11:08 am

    You always have my attention when peanut butter is involved! :)


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    Nancy @ gottagetbaked — April 8, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    Awww, it’s so sweet that your dad and grandparents love these deceptively healthy cookies! Peanut butter, banana and chocolate?! I’m making these right away!


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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — April 8, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    I have a cookie problem. I apologize for bringing you down with me….

    actually sorry…I’m not sorry :P

    AND AHHH love these healthy cookies!


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    Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking — April 8, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    Healthy cookies? You are speaking my language. Now, if only you would come over and make these for me!


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    Rachel @ — April 8, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    Thanks for the great recipe


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    Terra — April 8, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    Okay that is adorable, I love that you get calls for refills on your sweet treats from your family!! It is crazy to see healthy and cookies in the same area, but they do sound healthy and delicious! A healthy cookie is perfect for this traveling girl! Hugs, Terra


  10. #
    Dina — April 9, 2013 at 10:12 am

    i’m always looking for healthier cookie recipes. this looks great!


  11. #
    tk — April 9, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    These sound amazing and I would love to make them for my dad who is a diabetic with high blood pressure. Do you happen to have the nutritional info because my mom won’t let me bring them into the house without it. Thanks!


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    Valerie @ From Valerie's Kitchen — April 9, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    I’m always on the lookout for goodies like this to make for my boys. I’m always drooling over Kayle’s stuff too…I will blame you both for my next batch of cookies :)


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    Kate | Food Babbles — April 9, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    Making these!! Like, I’m talking… tomorrow! I’ve been thinking about these cookies since you posted a teaser on Facebook and they sound fantastic! I’m going to make a WowButter version since my 3-year old can’t have peanuts and I’m so excited to taste these little beauties. Mmm!!


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    Laura Dembowski — April 10, 2013 at 11:04 am

    I’ll take any excuse to eat more cookies :) All pb cookies are delicious in my book!


  15. #
    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — April 10, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    YES! Healthy cookies! I love this. But you made a mistake. These aren’t cookies… they’re muffin tops. Right? Right?! :D


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    Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray — April 10, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    I am always up for guilt-free cookies. So cool that you know Kayle! I just got to meet her myself a few weeks ago. :)


  17. #
    Ruby @ The Ruby Red Apron — April 10, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    These cookies are adorable! Love that they’re healthy!


  18. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — April 11, 2013 at 12:27 am

    What a great treat to make for your grandparents!


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    The Ninja Baker — April 14, 2013 at 1:19 am

    Thank you, Jennie. These good-for-you cookies look and sound sooo good. It’s going in my keeper file =)


  20. #
    Lisa B — April 22, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Found this post through Pinterest. Have 3 ripe organic bananas sitting on the counter and was wondering what I could make with them and wanted it to be at least somewhat healthy…think I’ll give these a try!


    • Jennie replied April 22nd, 2013 at 11:42 am

      Hi Lisa, I’m so glad you took the time to visit my site. My family loves this recipe, and I hope you do too. Happy baking!


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    Katherine — May 23, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    Found you on Pintrest and can’t wait to make these cookies! Do you think they would work well with organic natural peanut butter (aka no added sugar)? I know most cookie recipes say not to use the good peanut butter because it’s not as sweet. Any thoughts on how it might work in this recipe?


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    Deb — September 1, 2013 at 8:27 am

    These cookies are absolutely awesome!! I will make them many more times. I used vanilla yogurt but think I’ll try banana yogurt next time. I’m taking a bunch to a potluck today; can’t wait to share!!!


    • Jennie replied September 1st, 2013 at 9:02 am

      Hi Deb! Thank you so much for visiting and taking the time to leave a comment. I love hearing what my readers think about my recipes. I’m happy to hear that you love the cookies. I hope the potluck guests love them, too. Have a lovely weekend!


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    Lauren — October 21, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    I just made these. They are delicious! I used vanilla Greek yogurt instead of plain, natural peanut butter, chopped up dark chocolate, and an extra half of a banana for extra taste. They came out great :)


    • Jennie replied October 22nd, 2013 at 11:23 am

      Hi, Lauren! I’m so excited to hear that you liked my cookies. Your adaptations sound delish. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment. I love hearing from my readers.


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    Alison — February 19, 2014 at 1:11 am

    I just tried these today and they were lovely! Thank you for a great recipe!!


    • Jennie replied February 20th, 2014 at 7:56 pm

      Hi Alison! Thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to leave a review. I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed the cookies. They’re one of my Dad’s favorite cookies.


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    Natalie Wren — July 25, 2014 at 12:06 am

    I just made these! I added two bananas and a bit extra peanut butter, and they are super good! Love that they are not filled with oil and sugar :) Thank you for the recipe!



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