I always steer clear of banana bread at bake sales and bakeries. If there are cookies? Sure thing. I’ll have a few. Bread? Absolutely. And anything in the sweetroll/braided nut category totally is worth the money to buy.

But banana bread? I mean… it’s a handful of overly ripe bananas, with flour thrown in. ANYONE can manage this! And it’s so easy.

Well. If I saw these Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Banana Bread cookies up for sale? I’d be on those quicker than a dachshund on a spoon of peanut butter.

These are beyond good and definitely worth baking for yourself, your grandparents, your Girl Scout troupe, your neighbors, the folks at the retirement home…. everyone.

As long as they don’t have a banana allergy, that is 😉

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Banana Bread Cookies


  • 3 c. flour
  • 2 c. sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1-1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1-1/2 c. shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 c. mashed, ripe bananas
  • 3-1/2 c. oats
  • 2 c. chocolate chips

Step 1:

Mix first 6 ingredients (all dry) in bowl.

Step 2:

Cut in shortening.

Step 3:

Add eggs and bananas.

Step 4:


Step 5:

Add oats. Mix. Then add chocolate chips. Mix.

Step 6:

Drop by heaping spoonfuls on cookie sheet (I used a large cookie/ice cream scoop). Bake 8-13 minutes at 375 degrees, until edges and top turn golden brown. If you have a smaller cookie, go for 8 minutes. If you have a large spoonful like me, go for 13!