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.
DetailsPrep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 4 dozen
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.