Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Banana Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

A few years ago when I made these Banana Oatmeal Raisin Cookies for the first time I vowed never to make oatmeal cookies without bananas.  They are just so much better than plain oatmeal raisin cookies.  I have always preferred chocolate chip cookies to oatmeal raisin cookies, but with the addition of ripe bananas this recipe makes my list of top 5 favorite cookies.

I was recently asked if I would be interested in reviewing Kelapo Coconut Oil.  Never having used coconut oil for baking before, I was eager to give it a try in these Banana Oatmeal Raisin Cookies.  I have previously confessed that I am not a big fan of coconut.  I should probably clarify.  I am not a fan of flaked coconut.  It is more of a textural thing than a taste thing.  I like coconut milk, and I like the smell and flavor of coconut.  There is just something about the waxy texture of flaked coconut that doesn’t appeal to me.  When I received my jar of Kelapo Coconut Oil, the first thing I did was smell it.  It had a nice, delicate coconut smell.  Then I gave it a taste, and it had a nice, delicate coconut taste as well. 

Kelapo Virgin Coconut Oil is harvested from exclusive coconut palms in Sri Lanka and is 100% organic and trans fat free.  Natural and unrefined, it is also Fare Trade Approved. So how is it used?  It can be used as a 1 to 1 replacement for butter and oils in both cooking and baking.  If you are interested in more recipes using coconut oil, check out both the Kelapo website and blog.

How did the coconut oil work in these Banana Oatmeal Raisin Cookies?  The wonderful taste of the cookies was only enhanced by using coconut oil.  Yet one would not taste them and think “coconut”.  The banana and cinnamon flavors are much more pronounced.  But just like using butter instead of margarine or shortening affects the taste in a subtle way, using the coconut was a subtle enhancement to the cookies.  The smell while they were baking was fantastic.  My family couldn’t stand the wait and gave these a try as soon as they were cool enough to eat.  Their opinion?  They loved them!

Disclosure:  I received a sample of Kelapo Coconut Oil to try, however the opinions expressed here are my own.

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Banana Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
A traditional cookie made even better with the addition of bananas.

  • 3/4 cup Kelapo Virgin Coconut Oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup raisins

1. Preheat oven to 375°F.2. Cream together the coconut oil, sugar, and egg.3. Add the bananas and continue mixing until well combined.4. In a separate bowl combine the flour, soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and rolled oats.5. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until well combined, then stir in the raisins.6. Drop rounded teaspoonfuls of dough spaced about 1 1/2 " apart on ungreased baking sheet.7. Bake at 375°F for 10-13 minutes.8. Immediately remove cookies from baking sheet to wire rack to cool.

Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 4 dozen


  1. Those look yum and chewy. just the way I like them! Never had banana in oatmeal raisin cookies, but it sounds awesome! :)

  2. Yum, Jill, these sound so good...and unique! I love banana in my oatmeal and the coconut oil is a great addition!

  3. Banana and oatmeal is such a great combo. These cookies look moist, chewy, and delicious! Just the way a cookie should be!

  4. Fabulous! I never thought of bananas in oatmeal cookies...genius!

  5. I've never had coconut oil but keep seeing it being used in yummy recipes. Thanks for sharing the info about it! I love the texture bananas add to baked goods. This recipe looks awesome!

  6. I've been craving cookies lately, and these cookies sound wonderful.Adding bananas to oatmeal cookies is such a good idea.

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  7. I've never had banana in an oatmeal cookie but it sounds like an incredible combo! So perfect and delicious :) Well done! Buzzed

  8. Great recipe. I've never tried banana in my oatmeal cookies....this calls for experimentation. The coconut adds a great touch as well.

  9. I love banana cookies... like a great muffin top!

  10. I love that you've made a healthy cookie even more tasty and healthy with the addition of bananas. It's encouraging to know that there is a healthier version of coconut oil available...I know it can enhance the flavor of some things.

  11. Since I trust you sooooooooooooo much, I am going to give this a try!! They look wonderful, I don't like bananas, they are my coconut, but I make a lot of oatmeal raisin for my Mom.

  12. You know...I've never thought to pair up banana with oatmeal (usually it's peanut butter)! But I imagine these are wonderful...they look so sweet and chewy. And I love coconut in all forms and try to sneak it into everything! So these look like the cookies for me! : )

  13. These look truly gorgeous. Ive always wanted to try coconut oil and recently saw some in a local health shop so about time i bought some and got baking i think! Lovely recipe :)

  14. The cookies look really good! I have been cooking and baking with coconut oil a lot more recently... The flavors in this cookie sound like they would really work with coconut oil.. Thanks for sharing!

  15. I have about 5 bananas that are very ripe and had planned to make some banana bread or something with them. I love Oatmeal Raisin Cookies so I think now I'll go ahead and use my ripe bananas and make these cookies.

    I adore coconut in any form so I'm sure I would love this coconut oil.

    Looking forward to trying your recipe!

  16. These look terrific! I just bought coconut sugar so I'll try it with these! I make my own coconut oil/butter...very easy & WAY cheaper than buying!

  17. These look insanely GOOD! I'm trying these this weekend...

    Rainey @ The Project Table

  18. Hi Jill,
    Thank you for this recipe. I just made a batch today (used another small banana instead of the egg) and they turned out AMAZING! my family ate them in no time and they were asking for more!
    Thank you once again. definitely a keeper!

  19. should the coconut oil be melted or solid?

  20. Just baked up a batch of these wonderful cookies. My husband and I love them because they aren't real sweet, but still satisfy our sweet tooth. I think I might add a few nuts to the mix the next time I bake some. I used liquified cocoanut oil and it came out just right.


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