Banana, Oat & Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies

Banana walnut cookies

Happy New Year everyone!!! I hope 2012 is off to a great start for you.  Have you made any New Year resolutions?  I have made a few, and unsurprisingly, most of them, relate to food.

This year I would like to learn more about bread baking.  While I’ve made a few loaves of bread here and there in the past, this year I would like to take that up a notch and learn how to bake a variety of different breads.  One particular type of bread I want to make is sourdough, which is a well loved bread here in the Delicieux house, and in fact I have some dough for sourdough set aside.  Fingers crossed it comes out right.

I’d also like to experiment with the use of different flours, both for bread and general baking.

Over the course of 2011 I became comfortable with making pastry for tarts, and this year I want to expand on that, and become comfortable with a variety of pastries.

Finally, I want to increase my vegetarian repertoire.  When I find something delicious, it tends to become part of our regular dinner rotation, so I’m not always trying new vegetarian dishes.  This year I want to change that and spend more time trying new recipes.  Sure, there will be hits and misses, it’s part of the fun of experimentation, but I’m sure I’ll discover a whole raft of new delicious vegetarian meals.

So, in the spirit of doing things a little bit different this year, when I went to bake some banana bread the other day I decided to do something a little different.  We’re lovers of banana bread at the Delicieux house, but I’d remembered seeing a number of banana cookie recipes over the course of last year, so I decided to try making banana cookies.

For my first foray into banana cookies I turned to a Martha Stewart Recipe.  The combination of walnuts, oats, banana and chocolate sounded delicious, and it was.  But like the Orange and Poppyseed Cookies I had made last year, the texture is nothing like one would expect at the mention of the word cookie.  When I think of cookies I think of a texture that is crumbly and crisp, but these cookies are soft, almost cake like.  That’s not to say they aren’t delicious, because they are, especially when served a little warm and the chocolate inside oozes with each bite.

So while these cookies are delicious, and smell divine when being baked, I think I will continue my quest for a firmer, more crumbly banana cookie.

So, do you know of a great banana cookie recipe?  I’d love to hear from you.  And have you made any food resolutions for 2012?  What are they?

Banana walnut cookies

4.7 from 3 reviews

Banana, Oat & Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Recipe ever so slightly adapted from Martha Stewart
  • 1½ cups wholemeal flour
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 170g unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup mashed ripe banana
  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 200g of dark chocolate, chopped into chunks
  • 60g of chopped walnuts
  1. Preheat oven to 190 celsius (375 Fahrenheit) and line a sheet pan with baking paper.
  2. Whisk together the flour, salt, and baking soda in a small bowl and set aside.
  3. Place the butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitter with a paddle attachment and whisk until light and fluffy.
  4. Reduce speed to low and add the egg and vanilla extract and mix until just combined before addng the banana.
  5. Add the flour mixture and mix until just combined before stirring in oats, chocolate chunks, and walnuts.
  6. Use a tablespoon to scoop the dough into balls and place onto the prepared baking sheet and space about 2 inches apart.
  7. Bake for 12 to 13 minutes and let the cookies cool on sheets for 5 minutes before transferring to wire wracks to cool completely.
Cookies can be stored in airtight containers up to 2 days. Makes 24 cookies.




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  1. Joyti January 2, 2012  2:01 pm Reply

    I've only made banana cookies once. They were fine, but nothing special. Yours look much, much better.
    I'd like to more bread-baking too. Especially since I just got my first stand-mixer.

    • delicieux January 2, 2012  3:44 pm Reply

      Hi Joyti,

      These were delicious, but I think next time I would add more oats. I would prefer a firmer biscuit though, so the search continues.

      Congratulations on your stand mixer. :D I have had one for a while and they are just so invaluable in the kitchen.

  2. Kulsum at JourneyKitchen January 2, 2012  6:43 pm Reply

    I actually baked quite a few breads in 2010 and then 2011 was gone with any major bread making which is such a shame as homemade bread is beyond words! So I think I'm going to still your resolutions Jennifer :-) Lovely cookies. And I can eat more of them. Not a bad idea at all

  3. Amanda January 2, 2012  6:53 pm Reply

    Make more bread you say? I just started doing that today after buying a great book called Dough: simple contemporary bread by Richard Bertinet. Comes with a 30 minute DVD on techniques, simple to follow, made bread sticks today, enjoyed by kids with a plough mans lunch.

    • delicieux January 4, 2012  4:04 pm Reply

      Thanks Amanda, I will have to check that out. :D

  4. Rosa January 2, 2012  7:58 pm Reply

    Happy New Year!

    Those cookies look delicious and congrats on your stand mixer!



  5. Mystique January 2, 2012  10:01 pm Reply

    I am so making these tomorrow...they look yummy!

    • delicieux January 4, 2012  3:16 pm Reply

      Let me know how they turn our Mystique :D

  6. Katie @ Epicurean Mom January 3, 2012  7:07 am Reply

    Mmmmm, these look SO good! My girls would LOVE These, and me too of course :)

    • delicieux January 4, 2012  3:10 pm Reply

      They really are delicious, especially served warm which causes the chocolate to become molten and all the more delicious :D

  7. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen January 3, 2012  9:17 am Reply

    I'm avoiding making resolutions, I do love your resolution to tackle bread making. I've ventured into bread making a bit and it is quite rewarding pulling a golden loaf of sweet smelling bread from the oven. Happy New Year!

    • delicieux January 4, 2012  3:04 pm Reply

      Happy New Year to you too Sylvie :D

  8. Asmita January 3, 2012  9:56 am Reply

    Wow, I have yet to bake cookies with banana. What a perfect combination of bananas, oatmeal and chocolate. Must be divine!!!

  9. Natalie January 3, 2012  10:24 am Reply

    Wow these look really good!

  10. Kiran @ January 3, 2012  11:17 am Reply

    Mmmm.. I love banana oat and walnut combo. These cookies looks so drool-worthy!

    Happy New Year to you and the family :)

    • delicieux January 4, 2012  3:15 pm Reply

      Thank you Kiran :D You too.

  11. beti January 3, 2012  1:18 pm Reply

    They sound great and I love your pictures, the chocolate milk looks great with the cookies

    • delicieux January 4, 2012  3:17 pm Reply

      Thank you beti :D I've never been a fan of plain milk, so I thought chocolate milk would work better with the cookies.

  12. Nic@diningwithastud January 3, 2012  3:47 pm Reply

    Oooh I do love oozey chocolate :) maybe throw a couple in the microwave wen you want them :D yum!!

    • delicieux January 4, 2012  3:18 pm Reply

      That's exactly what I've been doing Nic. Molten chocolate....mmmmmmm ;)

  13. Mishaps and mayhem of a gluten free life January 3, 2012  7:30 pm Reply

    They sound delicious, I think to make a gluten free version I might try quinoa flakes. I'm going to try a different variety of cooking, build my confidence and also try with baking gf breads on my bread maker! I have big visions for 2012, I want my blog to be like yours, you have a fantastic set up, one to be admired by all!

    • delicieux January 4, 2012  3:18 pm Reply

      If you do make a gluten free version let me know how you go with them. :)

      Aww thank you so much for your sweet comments :D

  14. JJ @ 84thand3rd January 3, 2012  8:20 pm Reply

    Ah, the soft America-land cookie vs the crisp Aussie biscuit - I'm a soft cookie fan so these would prob be perfect for me! Good luck on your (undoubtedly delicious) search!

  15. Sukaina January 3, 2012  8:26 pm Reply

    Those are some great resolutions you've set yourself. Wouldn't mind experiemnting in bread makign with you! And like you, we love our banana bread too. Hope you eventually find the recipe you're looking for!

  16. thelittleloaf January 3, 2012  11:49 pm Reply

    I want to do more bread baking in the New Year too - I make a loaf every week but have got a bit stuck into the routine of plain old wholemeal or malted grain. I want to experiment with sourdough too so looking forward to reading about your experiences :-)
    This recipe looks fab and I *love* the little milk bottles filled with chocolate milk. Gorgeous :-)

    • delicieux January 4, 2012  3:23 pm Reply

      I made my first sourdough yesterday actually, it turned out a little flat though. The recipe I used was a shortcut sourdough, so I think next time I might try a more traditional recipe. But rest assured, when I find a recipe I am happy with I will share it :D

  17. Kaitlin January 4, 2012  12:08 am Reply

    Beautiful and I am sure very very tasty! This is a great alternative to banana bread :)

  18. Terris@ Free Eats January 4, 2012  1:51 am Reply

    Your cookies are making me crave banana cookies now. There is something about the combo of bananas, chocolate and oats that is so comforting and satisfying. I grew up eating banana cookies that were iced with a maple-yogurt frosting. Now I want to ask my mom where she got the recipe!

    • delicieux January 4, 2012  3:28 pm Reply

      That Maple Yoghurt frosting sounds delicious Terris :D

  19. Tina@flourtrader January 4, 2012  6:12 am Reply

    These cookies do look tasty. The problem I have had with banana cookie recipes is that they do not have enough height to them and they are chewy. I am sorry that these did not turn out with the texture you like, but good luck in your quest for the suitable one.

    • delicieux January 4, 2012  3:41 pm Reply

      Thank you so much Tina :D

  20. El January 4, 2012  6:44 am Reply

    I've never tried a banana cookie. Looks tasty. Happy 2012 to you and yours.

    • delicieux January 4, 2012  3:33 pm Reply

      Thank you El, Happy New Year to you too :D

  21. Michelle Elliott (@mschefkitchen) January 4, 2012  10:01 am Reply

    Good luck with the Veggie recipes - sorry I won't be much help on that one! My food resolution this year is to learn to cook fish properly, and a variety of them - not just salmon which I can do perfectly most of the time! First try tonight with some steamed snapper.....

    • delicieux January 4, 2012  3:44 pm Reply

      Good luck with your resolution Michelle :D

  22. lindamaree@mygardenfeast January 4, 2012  12:19 pm Reply

    I'm inspired! The hot weather has turned the Bananas in my fruit bowl a bit spotty and no-one wants to eat them, I'm a bit Caked Out from Christmas so Cookies are sounding good!

    • delicieux January 4, 2012  3:45 pm Reply

      Banana cookies are a great alternative LindaMaree :D My fiance has absolutely loved them and keeps sneaking them from the jar when he thinks I'm not looking ;)

  23. betty January 4, 2012  12:20 pm Reply


    • delicieux January 4, 2012  4:01 pm Reply

      Happy New Year to you too Betty :D

  24. Deb January 4, 2012  1:14 pm Reply

    I also tend to make Banana Bread or mufffins for the very same reason. I concluded it must be from the bananas as pumpkin cookies are cake like as well. Soft or crunchy, your cookies look delighful!

  25. cc11 January 4, 2012  4:20 pm Reply

    I have yet to find a crunchier banana cookie - will let you know if I do~

  26. Daisy@Nevertoosweet January 5, 2012  6:46 pm Reply

    YUM! These sound and look delicious! Never thought about putting bananas into cookies hehe :) Thanks for the recipe!

  27. Carole January 10, 2012  12:53 am Reply

    Have never thought to put bananas in cookies before, but it sounds like a great idea! Will definitely be trying these.

  28. Sara (Belly Rumbles) January 12, 2012  10:24 pm Reply

    Oh I feel your pain, I too like a crisp cookie. I have been working on a banana, walnut and choc one for the last few months of last year. Project stopped due to Christmas. Have a few ideas up my sleeve and will keep you posted. In one way I am glad you are having the same issues. Saying that, yours look great and sound delicious. I thought the oats may have been the answer :(

    • delicieux January 13, 2012  9:43 am Reply

      I'm glad I'm not the only one having problems with a crisp banana cookie. I'll let you know if I come across a crisp version :D


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