I bake a lot of cookies. And when I say a lot, I mean A LOT! We have close to 200 cookie recipes on our site and in my cookbook, I have a whole chapter dedicated to cookies. Yep, I am obsessed. I have been getting requests for gluten-free and vegan cookie recipes, so I decided to kill two birds with one stone by making Gluten-Free Vegan Banana Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies.
I haven’t done much gluten-free baking. We have lots of gluten-free recipes on our site, but most of them are savory. I did make Flourless Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies and they were a huge hit! So I gave gluten-free baking a second try and this time I made the cookies vegan too. If you think healthy cookies can’t be delicious, think again. I am in love with these cookies!
These cookies have no flour, eggs, butter, and very little sugar. But guess what? They are still delightful! I promise I am not lying. I was skeptical at first. I didn’t think I would like them…and I was the one creating them..ha! I thought they might end up in the trash, but after one cookie I was sold.
So how do these cookies taste good without flour, butter, eggs, and a ton of sugar? The cookies are made up of mashed bananas, peanut butter, coconut oil, agave nectar, vanilla, baking powder, cinnamon, sea salt, and gluten-free oats. Oh yeah, and I threw in some vegan chocolate chips because with all of those healthy ingredients these cookies deserved some chocolate:)
The cookies are thick, chewy, and full of flavor! I love the banana, peanut butter, and chocolate combo! They aren’t overly sweet, which is nice. The chocolate chips add just enough sweetness to cure a sugar craving. The cookies are good out of the oven, but I liked them even better the next day. I couldn’t keep my hands out of the cookie jar.
I didn’t want to eat all of the cookies by my lonesome, so I put them in the freezer. Well, 3:00 got the best of me and I snuck a cookie from the freezer. Oh my goodness! They are SO good frozen! I am keeping a stash in our freezer at all times. The perfect frozen treat for summer!
I am very pleased with my Gluten-Free Vegan Banana Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies. I still can’t get over how much I love them! I hope you enjoy them too!
More Cookie Recipes:
- Healthy No Bake Cookies
- Oatmeal Cookies
- Whole Wheat Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies made with Coconut Oil
- Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies
Gluten-Free Vegan Banana Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 3 large very ripe bananas, peeled
- 1/2 cup creamy all-natural peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil, slightly warmed, but not melted
- 2 tablespoons agave nectar or maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 1/2 cups gluten-free oats
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 3/4 cup vegan chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat baking mat and set aside.
- In a large bowl, mash the ripe bananas with a fork. Stir in the peanut butter, coconut oil, agave, and vanilla extract. Mix until smooth.
- In a separate medium bowl, stir together the oats, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.
- Drop spoonfuls of dough onto prepared baking sheet. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until cookies are set. Let cool on baking sheet for two minutes. Transfer to a wire cooling rack and cool completely.
- Note-If you don’t need the cookies to be vegan, you can use honey instead of agave nectar and regular chocolate chips. I love these cookies eaten right out of the freezer.
Have you tried this recipe?
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Thank you! OMG, these are so delicious. Even better frozen, though!! And they don’t get rock hard, just cold and firm, like a super naughty ice cream treat, but without the ice cream and without the super naughty 🙂 a hit with the whole family!
Are the bananas necessary? I have a picky eater who doesn’t like bananas. Lol
I’m making these again and, since I am officially obsessed with them, I’m making a double batch so that I can have plenty in the freezer so I don’t run short again!!! This time around, I took your recipe as is, but I added some flax/chia blend and a little almond milk. The first tray just came out of the oven and it’s taking every once of self control I have not to dive into them head first!! Yes. I’ll choke down some lunch, first. If I must.
Yay! So happy you like the cookies!
So amazing! Made 20 cookies for me at 150 calories each. Just one is perfect to fix a sweets craving with real ingredients. Great alternative to a granola bar for my kiddos.
Glad you liked the cookies!
Can I use this recipe to make these into bars ?
I am looking for vegan cookies that I can freeze and then thaw out for an event in a few months. Do you happen to know which recipes might hold up the best for freezing and then thawing out when we are ready to enjoy? Thanks!
We have several vegan cookies that freeze and thaw well. In fact, I think they all do!
thanks for a great recipe. i made them for my daughter who is a new nurse and is on the night shift. she liked an appreciated them, but, i wasn’t prepared for my junk food loving son who said that these cookies were great!
Glad she liked the cookies! Yay!
Just writing to say that these cookies are AMAZING
My boyfriend and I made these last weekend on a whim – we divided the recipe by a third to get 8 cookies – and after one bite we scoffed the lot! We couldn’t believe these didn’t have sugar or butter!
Thanks so much for such a delicious cookie recipe that just so happens to also be healthy! (We bought a bunch of bananas the day after just so we can make these again this weekend – lol )
New baker here – do you use quick cooking or regular oats? Does it make a difference? Thank you in advance! 🙂
Any chance you would have the caloric count on these cookies? I made a non vegan version of them and love them. I’m keeping track of calories and it’s alway nice to know how many of too many! 😉
Ive made this once a month for a year now. Love love it. But to nake even healthier I have tried adding flaked Quinoa to replace 1/2 cup of oats. And added Flax as ut still seems too wet. Today I added 1 scoop of Chocolate Protein powder. !!! They look yummy !
Love these. I make them all the time and they are very well received. I usually use almond butter instead of peanut butter. Sometimes I add shredded unsweetened coconut.
This recipe makes so many cookies! And they are absolutely delicious! Thank you!! As a frugal mom of 4, I am always looking for healthy snacks that I can make a bunch of for cheap! These are perfect!
We have been making these cookies for years and don’t ever want to live without them. We actually call them “the cookies”-like “I’m going to make the cookies.” Everyone knows exactly which cookies I mean. Plus, they’re easy enough for my 7 year old to make on her own and we’ve made them every which way depending on the ingredients on hand. I don’t think they can be messed up! Delicious every time:) Thank you for our favorite cookie.
I found these a solid 4 star recipe. (The page wouldn’t let me enter the stars. Could you do it moderator?) It think they are good as a breakfast, I need something I can take on the go, cookie. Very healthy and good but not really the desert cookie I was looking for.
Is the serving size 1 cookie?
Can I make this with regular old-fashioned (non gluten free, not quick cooking) oats? Also can I sub the coconut oil for softened butter?
This cookie is amazing and so easy! I love that there is no added sugar…it really doesn’t need it. These are amazing warm right out of the oven. Next time I will double the batch!
I love all the cookie recipes, but I think this one is my favorite! All healthy ingredients and actually leaves you feeling nourished afterwards. Quick, easy, healthy, and delicious! RECOMMEND!
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