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Oatmeal Banana Cookies

My mother and I made these cookies quite often when I was a young girl. When I married, she passed on this recipe to me.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
  • Makes
    about 4 dozen


  • 1 cup butter-flavored shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3 medium ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips


  • In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and cloves; add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in bananas, oats and chocolate chips.
  • Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 10-12 minutes. Immediately remove cookies to wire racks to cool.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 224 calories, 11g fat (3g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 59mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein.
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  • shortytalk
    Oct 11, 2014

    easy to make...taste nice and moist...

  • nikkidoll76
    Feb 4, 2014

    I cooked at a higher temp (450) for a shorter time (9 mins) and substituted ginger(which I had) for the cloves(which I did not have). The cookies were moist and delicious :)

  • mikelssword
    Jan 4, 2014

    These are great flavored cookies but they were a little dry. I used a cup of butter instead of the butter-flavored shortening and I used a cup of chopped walnuts instead of the chocolate chips. I even used a quarter cup of whipping cream but they were still a little dry. I will make them again and experiment to get a more moist cookie.

  • niteshrd
    Dec 6, 2013

    Great quick cookie! Absolutely adorable....

  • TimedOut
    Sep 5, 2013

    I adjusted this one to accommodate the ingredients I had on hand. Instead of a full cup of butter flavored Crisco, I used 1/2 cup each of regular Crisco and butter. Instead of chocolate chips, white chocolate chips went into the batter. Next time, I'll add some walnuts or pecans.

  • bakerprince
    Jul 25, 2013

    Excellent taste and texture! Cookies are very soft and moist. I would have added more chocolate chips, but my wife thinks that more chocolate would everpower the very pleasant banana taste. Definitely a keeper!

  • Angie7231
    Dec 10, 2012

    No comment left

  • Sarah F
    Sep 18, 2012

    I had to make this with butter because my children are allergic to soy including shortening. These cookies were easy to make with my little ones. They were soft and rounded like pumpkin cookies and yummy. Next time I will substitute half of the butter for applesauce. Oh and I used unsalted butter because I figure butter flavored shortening is unsalted.

  • Netizen
    Jul 31, 2012

    Got to agree. Why ruin a healthy cookie with all that trans fat?

  • BarbaraAL
    Jan 14, 2012

    I would never make this cookies as described. Shortening?? Really..NO