3 ingredient oatmeal cookies are so decadent that you won’t believe how simple they are. With just 3 simple ingredients, you can make the best oatmeal cookies loaded with chocolate.

Oatmeal Cookies arranged together.
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Whenever we have a craving for something sweet, I make these 3 ingredient oatmeal cookies because they are just so easy. Seriously, they are the easiest cookie recipe ever to make!

If you like baking with oatmeal, try Oatmeal Scotchies, Oatmeal Raisin Cookies and Oatmeal Cake. Another easy recipe is Pistachio Cookies.

Why we love this recipe

Each bite is so ooey and gooey thanks to the chocolate chips and makes for such a delicious treat. Add a cold glass of milk and oh my goodness!

These 3 ingredient banana oatmeal cookies make the best healthy snack that can be made in under 20 minutes. They are quick and easy.

Ingredients

Ingredients for recipe - bananas, oatmeal, chocolate.
  • ripe bananas
  • old fashioned oats
  • chocolate chips

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Variation Ideas

  • Add brown sugar. The added sugar will make these cookies sweeter but will change the nutritional information on these cookies.
  • Try using peanut butter chips for lots of extra flavor. You can either use this as a substitution for the chocolate or mix them together.
  • Dark Chocolate Chips or white chocolate chips are also tasty.
  • You can also mix in ½ cup nut butter into the batter before baking to add protein to these cookies. I love using peanut butter or almond butter.
  • Try adding in ½ cup dried fruit or raisins to change up the flavor of the cookies.
  • Add in 1 tsp vanilla extract to add a tab more sweetness.
  • Use vegan chocolate chips to make vegan, gluten free and diary free cookies.
  • You can use sugar free chocolate chips to reduce the added the sugar in this cookie recipe.
  • Nuts make a great addition to the cookie dough and taste great. Try walnuts or pecans.

Feel free to make these your own and try new things.

Step by step instructions

  • Step 1. First, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Next, line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Oatmeal in food processor.

Step 2. Place the oatmeal in a food processor. Give the oatmeal a quick spin in a food processor. Don’t turn the oatmeal into a fine flour if you want your cookies to have a nice, crumbly texture.

Mixing bowl with chocolate, bananas, oatmeal.

Step 3. Get out a large mixing bowl. Place the oats and ripe bananas together. Mash the bananas as you combine the ingredients.

Chocolate chips folded into mixture in bowl.

Step 4. Then add the chocolate chips into the mashed banana and oats mixture.

Cookies on baking sheet ready to go in the oven.

Step 5. Scoop the mixture and place on baking sheets. I prefer to use a cookie scoop.

Cookies cooling on baking sheet.

Step 6. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until the cookies are golden brown.

Cookies on wire rack.

Step 7. Allow the cookies to sit on the baking sheets for a few minutes and then move cookies to wire racks.

Cookies stacked on a plate.

Recipe Tips

  • You can scoop the cookie mixture with a spoon but I prefer to use cookie scoops. It helps to make each cookie more uniform and saves time as well. If you are still scooping cookies with two spoons, you really need to get yourself some stainless steel scoops!
  • Another tip is to use baking mats. These keep your cookies from burning on the bottom and they help them cook evenly. Plus, it saves you money by not having to use parchment paper all the time.
  • Make sure to use ripe bananas. The ripe bananas is what adds sweetness to these cookies. It’s best to wait until the bananas have small brown spots on them before using them in this recipe.

FAQs

How to store?

I store any leftover cookies in a sealed container or zip lock bag at room temperature for up to 3-4 days.
If you prefer them warm, you can heat them in the microwave for 5-10 seconds before enjoying them. However, I love them at room temperature.
If you do heat them in the microwave, make sure not to overheat as they will get a bit rubbery when heated for too long.

What is the difference between quick oats and rolled oats?

Rolled oats and old fashioned oats are the same thing. Rolled oats are steamed oats that are rolled into flakes. Whereas, quick oats are rolled thinner and are more pieces which makes them cook quicker.

Either types of the oats are great for making a breakfast oatmeal. But rolled oats are the best for baking and the ones that we use in this cookie recipe.

This recipe is so easy with lots of tasty variations. Try it and leave a comment once you do. I love to hear from you.

3 Ingredient Oatmeal Cookies

4.70 from 13 votes
3 ingredient oatmeal cookies are so decadent that you won't believe how simple they are. With just 3 ingredients, you can make the best oatmeal cookies.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 12
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 68

Ingredients

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Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Give the oatmeal a quick spin in a food processor or mixer, for about 1-2 seconds. Do NOT turn the oatmeal into a fine flour if you want your cookies to have a nice, crumbly texture. This process is important for your cookies to hold together.
  • Pour all of your ingredients in a large bowl and mix thoroughly.
  • Spoon preparation onto the lined baking sheet and mold the cookies with your fingers. I made 6 cookies, but you could make them smaller to make more.
  • Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 68kcal, Carbohydrates 12g, Protein 1g, Fat 2g, Saturated Fat 1g, Cholesterol 1mg, Sodium 4mg, Potassium 95mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 6g, Vitamin A 24IU, Vitamin C 2mg, Calcium 10mg, Iron 1mg

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Hi, I’m Carrie. Welcome to Desserts on a Dime!

I’m on a mission to help you create delicious desserts on a budget and do not require a ton of time. Together, we are going to make something sweet that the entire family will love!

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  1. Rose says:

    5 stars
    Making this today!

  2. Heather says:

    What do set the oven at, 350°?

    1. Carrie says:

      Yes

  3. Ken says:

    5 stars
    Very easy and taste great! Healthy for sure!

  4. Meagan Nicholson says:

    First time trying these after wight loss surgery as an alternative to breakfast on the run and they are amazing! I am so far removed from being a baker but these came out perfectly, they will be a regular staple in our house!

    1. Carrie says:

      So glad you loved them.