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Vegan & Sugar-Free Banana Cookies

These sugar-free Banana Cookies are mind-blowing. You only need 5 basic ingredients to make them, and they are also vegan and oil-free. They are soft cookies, with a crisp edge.

Vegan & Sugar-Free Banana Cookies

These cookies are insane. They are soft, fudgy cookies with slightly crispy corners.

What I love about these cookies is that they are:

  • sugar-free
  • oil-free
  • vegan
  • ready in 25 min
  • made with 5 ingredients only

I think that these cookies are the healthiest cookies, or at least among the healthiest.

But I have to warn you, these are not your typical cookies, and I think it’s the most controversial recipe on my blog because some people love, love them and some really hate them.

I like how simple these banana cookies are. You only need bananas, plant-based milk, ground almonds, all-purpose flour, and baking powder. The riper the bananas, the better, because then the cookies will be sweeter.

So, the next time you have ripe bananas lying around. Think about these cookies. Make them. Let me know what you think! :)

Vegan & Sugar-Free Banana Cookies

A note on the Sweetness

I’ve added no white sugar and no maple syrup to these cookies, they are completely fruit-sweetened by the bananas. Of course, they are not crazy sweet but they are certainly sweet enough for me and for my boyfriend.

It’s important to use bananas that are very ripe (at least spotty!) otherwise the cookies won’t be sweet at all. The riper the banana, the better.

If you feel like you need more sweetness, feel free to add maple syrup, agave syrup, rice syrup, or your sweetener of choice.

How to make Vegan & Sugar-Free Banana Cookies

As always you will find the whole recipe with measurements in the box below but I want to give you an overview of the key ingredients, variations, and the process with step-by-step photos first.

The ingredients

You will need:

  • bananas (they should at least be spotty, if they are riper, then your cookies will be sweeter)
  • plant-based milk (any milk will work: soy, rice, almond, oat, hazelnut; I used oat milk)
  • ground almonds (alternatively you can also use ground hazelnuts or ground walnuts)
  • all-purpose wheat flour
  • baking powder

Recipe 2.0

I’ve updated this recipe and included ground almonds for a better texture. The previous version was without the ground almonds, so with a full cup of all-purpose flour.

Variations & Add-Ins

You can add pumpkin spice powder, cinnamon powder, a little bit of salt, ground vanilla to the batter for variations.

For extras, you can add freeze-dried raspberries, dried blueberries, raisins, chocolate chips, or chopped nuts.

The basic steps

mashed bananas in bowl
Step 1: Mash bananas.
mashed bananas and plant-based milk in bowl
Step 2: Add plant-based milk, and mix.
mashed bananas, flour, ground almonds, and baking powder in bowl
Step 3: To the wet ingredients, add the ground almonds, flour, and baking powder.
banana cookies batter in bowl
Step 4: Mix until the wet and dry ingredients are well incorporated, try not to overmix.
banana cookies on baking tray before baking
Step 5: Scoop the batter onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper. This works best with an ice cream scoop. The batter was enough for 9 cookies.
banana cookies on baking tray after baking
Step 6: Bake them in the oven for 13-15 minutes at 350°F/180°C.
Vegan & Sugar-Free Banana Cookies
Let them cool off a bit, then they are ready to enjoy!
Are these Banana Cookies healthy?

These cookies are as healthy as cookies get. They are made without refined sugar, and without oil or butter. They are only sweetened with bananas.

How to store leftover cookies?

I’d recommend keeping them on the counter for a day, in the fridge for up to 2-3 days, or you can freeze them.

Can I use coconut flour/almond flour/other gf flour instead?

Maybe! Each flour is different and you might have to add more or less milk to make it a batter that is spreadable enough but not too thin. If you try it out with gf flours, feel free to leave a comment.

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Vegan & Sugar-Free Banana Cookies

Vegan & Sugar-Free Banana Cookies

These sugar-free Banana Cookies are mind-blowing. You only need 5 basic ingredients to make them, and they are also vegan and oil-free. They are soft with crisp edges.
3.95 from 390 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine American, Vegan
Servings 9 cookies
Calories 89 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 2 very ripe bananas
  • 1/3 cup oat milk (or any plant-based milk)
  • 1/2 cup ground almonds
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F/180°C. 
  • Peel the bananas and mash them in a mixing bowl.
  • Add the oat milk and stir to combine. 
  • Add the ground almonds, flour, and baking powder and stir to combine until it's a thick batter. Try not to overmix.
  • Use an ice cream scoop to scoop equally sized blobs (about 9) of batter onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper. 
  • Bake the cookies in the oven for about 13-15 minutes (until slightly brown on the edges).
  • Let them cool off a bit and enjoy! 

Notes

Storage: You can keep them in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days. 

Nutrition

Calories: 89kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 2gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 0.3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.05gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.01gSodium: 5mgPotassium: 128mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 35IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 38mgIron: 1mg
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Recipe Rating




Teresa

Wednesday 20th of September 2023

Well fortunately my husband’s name is Mickey and eats anything, and luckily this pancake like cookie recipe only made 9. Wish that I would have read the reviews first like I usually do. I am sad to use my nice ripe bananas for this as I have a great vegan blueberry muffin recipe that I could have used them in. Won”t be making again, the negative reviews are spot on!

Charlotte's

Sunday 23rd of April 2023

Sweet enough but bland and anemic looking. I tried making again with stem ginger and cinnamon added to give some flavour but still looked unappetising, I ended up putting icing and more ginger on top to disguise them but this defeated the object of them being sugar free. Wouldn't make them again as recipe needs a lot more tinkering to make it work.

Sarah

Friday 31st of March 2023

Tried these with almond flour and added baking soda. They did not come out remotely close to the picture. They definitely can’t be eaten like a cookie. Not sure what to do with them.

Linz

Saturday 22nd of October 2022

I made these with almond flour bc I saw in the comments below that another individual did who seemed pleased by how they turned out…. Take my advice, just don’t.

Angie

Sunday 16th of October 2022

I am the laziest cook/baker, and I also have the biggest sweet tooth. This recipe was exactly what I needed. Super fast to stir up, super fast to bake, perfect taste.

Granted I did add a dash of cinnamon to the batter, and then some chocolate chips to half of the cookies. They remind me of muffies though the recipe is closer to that of pancakes. Add a cup of almond milk, and mmmm what a freaking treat. I found this recipe in my haste to use up two bananas I forgot about, but now I'm tempted to "forget" about my bananas regularly so I "have to" use overripe bananas up this way.