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Yes, this is a lengthy title we’ve got going on for our recipe for Oatmeal Cookies with Bananas Cranberries & Walnuts. And, it’s true, some folks may prefer to skip the nuts. But we very intentionally included walnuts. So even when naming this recipe, we chose to keep the nuts. And before we drive you too nutty with nut talk, we promise to explain why we believe the walnuts to be so important.

Of course, by all means, if you’re allergic to walnuts, do not include the nuts! But for all who avoid nuts for the sake of preventing calories from fat, please, please, please, read on!

Walnuts do much more than add loads of welcomed crunch and flavor to this quick and easy cookie recipe. Like most nuts, they’re incredibly nutritious!

The idea of keeping dishes low in fat is always part of the plan. But making sure that every post is plant-based, vegan, gluten-free, tastes fantastic, and is decidedly healthy, well, that’s the main thing! So let’s take a second to explore the nuts and bolts of this recipe. Fat is a component of diet and nutrition that is often confusing to folks trying to eat healthily.  

“Fat” is a word with many meanings. There are differences between body fat and dietary fat. But even with the significant variants between the two, many of us believe that all fat is bad.

But here’s the thing, fat is not ALL bad. Research has uncovered the benefits of eating dietary fats identified as polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats. And luckily, these beneficial fats are readily available in easy to access plant-based foods such as walnuts and avocados. So if you are one of the nine in ten people who are worried about consuming dietary fat, read on!  

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Good Fat

We embrace good fats through a diet of nutrient-dense foods that replace saturated fats with unsaturated fats. Walnuts, as we use in this satisfying recipe for Oatmeal Cookies with Bananas Cranberries & Walnuts, are a good-fat food. They supply a rich source of plant-based omega-3. And as a bonus, the walnuts add a snappy little crunch to this healthier treat.

As usual, we went to our favorite nutritional information source before daring to venture into the hot, thoroughly misunderstood topic of fat. If you would like to explore the truth behind the value of healthy fats further, we suggest watching this piece from Dr. Michael Greger of Nutrition Facts. According to recent studies, the skinniest people eat the most nuts, and the fattest people eat the least!

And get this, nuts even BOOST fat burning within the body! And to quote our favorite nutrition-minded doctor, “The evidence is stronger than ever that the consumption of nuts does not lead to the weight gain one would expect.”

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Why We Choose to Bake Gluten-Free

Another aspect of this recipe for Oatmeal Cookies with Bananas Cranberries & Walnuts we know you’ll appreciate is that, like all of our food here, it’s naturally gluten-free.

In addition to enjoying plant-based foods free from meat and dairy, we also choose to eat gluten-free for the sake of noticeably improved digestion and other benefits such as improved mood and mental clarity.  

While we are thankfully not struggling with the health issues related to celiac disease, we do avoid gluten wherever possible due to its recent association with interfering with brain health. 

As you may be aware, the diagnosis of Autism, Depression, Dementia, and Alzheimers Disease are all on the rise. We believe that thinking long and hard about what we eat can at least help address some of these serious concerns. Here’s an informative video on the subject of diet when it comes to the symptoms of autism.

Now, back to the subject of the recipe for Oatmeal Cookies with Bananas Cranberries & Walnuts.

These cookies take mere minutes to stir together and bake, and you will feel good about eating every last bite!

They primarily hold together by mashed banana, which we find to be utterly remarkable. There’s no egg to bind the oats, nuts, and cranberries together, and no oil to add moisture, either. But man, are these cookies ever moist!

If you like, you can leave out the tiny bit of raw sweeteners that we add to make this cookie taste like the treat that it is. But by all means, try the recipe as it is before you take the sugar away. We have made cookies using only fruit to sweeten, and the results have been tasty, but in the case of this cookie, we preferred to treat it like a genuine treat!

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Sharing is Caring

When you make a batch, feel welcomed to leave a comment and tell us how they taste. We can hardly wait to hear about your experience. 

And as they say, sharing is caring, so feel free to pin this recipe on Pinterest to keep it handy. We also encourage you to share the recipe on Facebook and other social media venues. Getting the word out about the benefits of living a delicious plant-based lifestyle is a gift to the folks lucky enough to catch a peek… so share away!

For even more recipes from like-minded cooks, we invite you to join our Facebook Group called: VEEG Plant-Based, Vegan, Gluten-Free Recipes & Lifestyle. And by all means, follow our VEEG Facebook Page, too. On our Facebook Page, we often share helpful bits of encouraging plant-based news.

Happy eating!

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Oatmeal Cookies with Bananas Cranberries & Walnuts

  • 10
  • 15
    Cook Time:
  • Yield: 16 Servings

These plant-based, oil-free, and gluten-free oatmeal cookies with bananas, cranberries, and walnuts are taste exceptional—and they’re easy to make, too!  They’re chewy, naturally sweet, crunchy, and even nutritious—that’s right; healthy cookies!  Be sure to check out the nutritional information located below the recipe. But, we all know that when it comes to home-baked goodies, the bottom line is about flavor and my, oh my, do these babies ever deliver on taste!  Nothing tastes better with homemade cookies like a cold glass of our easy-peasy 5-Minute Creamy Cardamom Banana Milk! Click on it to give it a try! And if you’re always craving new plant-based and gluten-free cookie recipes that are sure to please, try these favorites: Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies, 20-Minute Peanut Butter Chickpea Cookies, and  Chewy Almond Lemon Bird’s Nest Cookies.      



  1. First, line a baking sheet with a sheet of parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat — Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  2. Then, in a mixing bowl, mash the banana until it becomes a bit creamy but still has a few smallish chunks.
  3. Next, add the vanilla, salt, cardamom, cinnamon, maple syrup, and coconut sugar to the mashed banana and stir.
  4. And now, add the oats, cranberries, and walnuts to the mashed banana mixture and stir until combined.  The mixture will likely appear a bit crumbly - no worries.
  5. Now,  using a teaspoon, generously scoop the oat mixture and then, using your hands, gently shape each scoop into a ball and place on the prepared pan about a couple of inches apart.   Once you've portioned out the cookies, go back and gently pressing the top of each cookie lightly with two fingers to flatten slightly while also doing what you have to do to keep the circle shape intact.  
  6. And last but not least, bake your lovely little cookies for about 15 minutes or until you notice just a bit of browning.  Be sure not to overbake... the browning should be barely noticeable.   Allow the cookies to cool for a minute or two if you can stand to wait, and then, enjoy!  


  • If you prefer, you could use chopped Medjool dates or date paste to replace one or both of the sweeteners we use in this recipe.  You could also opt to reduce the amount of sweetener overall if you like.  Since we wanted these cookies to fit in with holiday-type cookies without a hitch, we chose to make them with a mindful amount of sweetness.   Just in case you go through dates like nobodies business as we do, we found this terrific price on a 15-pound bulk purchase of organic Medjool dates.
  • We also found this terrific bargain on a 3-pound bulk buy of organic walnuts.  


% DV

Calories Per Serving: 68
  • Total Fat 2.1 g 3 %
  • Saturated Fat 0.2 g 1 %
  • Cholesterol 0 mg 0 %
  • Sodium 33.2 mg 1 %
  • Carbohydrates 11/7 g 4 %
  • Fiber 1.5 g 6 %
  • Sugar 5.2 g ---
  • Protein 1.4 g 3 %
  • Vitamin A 0 %
  • Vitamin C 2 %
  • Iron 3 %
  • Calcium 1 %

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  • I would love to make these cookies but two ripe bananas is a little vague for me. I would love to know how many ounces or grams so the cookies will come out consistent. Could you weigh your bananas and give us that information please. Thank you in advance

    1. Thank you for the suggestion of weighing the ripe bananas, Henrietta, that’s a great idea. However, this is a very forgiving recipe. If your batter is too dry to hold its shape, add a bit more banana, and if it’s too moist, add a few more oats.

  • Would love to try these but I’m out of bananas. Could you substitute applesauce for the bananas?

    1. Great timing, Kristine – Mike and I have been trying all sorts of new recipes for apples.
      I would think that you could use applesauce in the place of the bananas or even just a bit of chopped apple, including the peeling.
      But since I haven’t tried it yet myself, I cannot promise apples or applesauce will work out exactly as the recipe intends, but I sure think it could turn out beautifully – so great timing and thinking!

  • Best banana oatmeal cookies. I use a little monk sugar and 2 Tbsp date paste. Hardly made it to the table because family loved the taste. I didn’t have cardamom. It’s a keeper!
    Thanks so much for sharing.

    1. Thank you for your kind words, Mini, they’re much appreciated and it’s also so nice to hear that your cookies were totally enjoyed!

  • Delicious cookies I’ve made them a few times & they just get better ! Thank you for the recipe!

    1. So nice to hear that this cookie recipe is hitting the spot, Ann Marie. We made a batch on Monday and there’s not a crumb to be seen, so – we’re with you!

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