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Banana Oatmeal Cookies With Cranberry & Orange Zest Recipe

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Banana oatmeal breakfast cookies with cranberries and orange zest

Banana oatmeal breakfast cookies with cranberries and orange zest

It All Started With a Facebook Recipe

This breakfast cookie started off from a Facebook recipe. We thought they were good but not outstanding. Our daughter thought they were delicious, though; she and her friends ate them all in just two days at school lunch. I decided I wanted to tinker with the recipe to see if I could sweeten the flavor a little and possibly make them a little lighter.

I failed to make the cookies lighter, but I did make them sweeter by adding cranberries and increasing the amount of orange zest. Also, the consistency of the new batch was outstanding. I let the batter sit for about 30 minutes after mixing all of the ingredients, which allowed the oatmeal to absorb more moisture. I also cut the baking time relative to the original recipe.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

13 min

23 min

26 cookies

Assembling the ingredients

Assembling the ingredients


  • 3 bananas, mashed
  • 1/3 cup cinnamon applesauce
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/3 cup sunflower seeds, salted and roasted
  • 1/3 cup cranberries, dried
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, ground
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups quick cooking oats
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest


  1. Combine and mix bananas, almond milk, vanilla, applesauce, and egg.
  2. Combine cinnamon, dried cranberries, raisins, orange zest, and sunflower seeds into the above mixture.
  3. Combine and stir quick cooking oats into the mixture.
  4. Let stand for 30 minutes and pre-heat oven to 350° F.
  5. Place cookies onto non-stick pan surface in large tablespoon scoops and flatten with a fork.
  6. Bake for 13 minutes and let stand for several minutes after removal from stove.

Enjoy Your Cookies

I hope you enjoy these breakfast cookies. I think they are better than the previous version, and my wife enjoyed them more, as well. The review is out with my daughter, but I noticed that she and the neighborhood girls grabbed some when leaving for school today. Enjoy and have a great day!

Nutrition facts

Nutrition facts

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