Pinterest Recipe Challenge #3


What do you do when you have over ripe bananas that no one wants? Get baking of-course!

when life gives you over ripe bananas,make banana oatmeal cookies. Yup, couldn’t resist saying that…just had to.

I have already tried the delicious banana bread and the banana muffins, so wanted to try something else this  time around. Found this recipe on Pinterest. Here is the pin. The recipe is originally posted on a blog by Jenn Segal, Once upon a chef.

The recipe itself is very simple and easy to follow, but it was a challenge for me because I have yet to make cookies that actually look and feel like cookies. Mine never turn out right. Hmph.

So, this is how mine turned out. A little puffy on the top and not flat as seen on Pinterest. Yes, they taste SO good…but if you eat one with your eyes closed you would be SO sure that you were eating a piece of banana bread. That’s how soft they were and not chewy. SIGH. what did i do wrong now?!

banana oatmeal cookies

Makes approximately 16-20 cookies


  • 3/4 cup  all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened but still cool
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup mashed bananas
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  3. Using an electric mixer, cream the butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy, a few minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the egg, mashed bananas and vanilla extract; beat until combined.
  4. Add the flour and oats mixture and mix on low speed until well combined. Do not overmix.
  5. Scoop balls of dough (about 1 tablespoon) onto the baking sheet, spacing at least 2 inches apart.
  6. Bake for 15-17 minutes, rotating the pans midway through, until golden brown. Cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat with remaining cookie dough.



My Verdict:

Taste wise, these are good and also healthy, right? Oats and fruit. You cant dislike them. They taste just like banana bread. But these were not what i was hoping them to be – Crisp and chewy. The crunch factor was missing here, so i shall continue challenging my skills to get my cookies right.

Till then…nom nom nom.