Banana Oatmeal Cookies


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Centenarians in Loma Linda follow a “biblical” diet focused on grains, fruits, nuts and vegetables, and drink only water.  Their top foods include avocados, nuts, beans, whole wheat bread, soy milk, and oats. Mix oats with bananas and a handful of other ingredients to make these delicious and healthy cookies that are naturally sweet and perfect for a sweet treat.

Yield: 12 servings

Recipe by Ellen Sushak, RDN, Blue Zones Project Dodge County

Sushak, a registered dietitian and nutritionist, leads cooking demonstrations and classes in Dodge County, WI to help people learn how to prepare plant-slant recipes and Blue Zones meals.


2 cups old fashioned oats

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 ½ teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder

¼ teaspoon nutmeg

¼ teaspoon ground ginger

4 medium sized ripe bananas

⅓ cup chopped walnuts


  1. Preheat oven to 350˚. Line a baking sheet with parchment or spray with non-stick spray.
  2. Use a high power blender to process oats to the consistency of flour. Pour into mixing bowl and add baking soda and spices.
  3. Blend bananas until completely smooth. Add to oatmeal mixture along with the nuts (or other dried fruit) and mix until combined.
  4. Drop 2 tablespoon balls of dough onto cookies sheet, spacing well. Dip the scoop or spoon into water to keep the dough from sticking. Use lightly moistened fingers to flatten each cookie. Bake for 15 minutes.
  5. Cool cookies on wire rack and store in an airtight container.