Banana-Chocolate Chip Cookies

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 10 mins

Saw this recipe by Cary Neff of the Miraval Spa on the Oprah show. It is supposed to be a more healthy alternative to the 'purist' chocolate chip cookie. I made these but was skeptical that the purists around me would eat them. They did. Had to hide them to save them for a dinner gathering. These are moist and chewy and the banana taste didn't seem to be overpowering. I used all-purpose flour as I couldn't see going out to buy another type of flour (already have 3 different kinds at home) just to make these. We will have these again. I didn't get 8 dozen cookies but mine may have been larger than the recipe intends.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Coat 2 baking sheets with cooking spray.
  3. In mixing bowl, combine butter and applesauce, beating with an electric mixer until creamy.
  4. Add sugar, bananas, eggs and vanilla, beating until smooth.
  5. Gradually add flour and baking soda.
  6. Stir in oats and chocolate chips.
  7. Drop teaspoonfuls onto baking sheets.
  8. Bake 7-10 minutes or until golden brown.
  9. Cool on a wire rack.
Most Helpful

We are enjoying these cookies as well - obviously not your traditional choco chip butten laden cookies, but tasty and fairly low sugar. I also used 1/2 whole wheat with 1/2 unbleached. I used the prune puree (aka baby food) since I had some on hand. I think my children would say they'd like them a little sweeter, but I wouldn't. I think 8 dozen would mean a whole bunch of tiny cookies...I just did them regular drop-size and got 3 dozen. Thanks Ducky!I

magpie diner September 28, 2009

Excellent cookies! I had a lot of bananas that were turning brown quickly and wanted to use them to make something other than banana bread. These were perfect: no overwhelming banana flavor, and soft and cake-y (my favorite kind of cookie!). I used half dark and half milk chocolate chips. I think next time I'll try replacing half the AP flour with whole wheat. Thanks for sharing!

DCKiki August 27, 2009

I used 1/2 wheat flour, 1/2 unbleached white flour and dark chocolate chips. They were pretty tasty. These cookies have a soft cake-like texture.

JenniCat April 02, 2009