2-ingredient cookie

The 2-ingredient cookie.
Have you heard of it?
Have you tried it?
I did.
And my results?
It needs more ingredients.
Who doesn't love a fast and easy cookie recipe?
Even I loved the list of ingredients that read: ripe bananas and rolled oats*.
(*And hey, since I get asked this all the time: rolled oats are the same as old fashioned oats).
So smitten with the list in fact that I didn't listen to my gut when it said "this will suck...there is
no sugar in there...".
Yeah it wasn't good--at all. Tasted like mashed, wet cardboard.
So the first batch went to the round file, and the second batch got an uplift by adding in a little peanut butter, pecans and chocolate. Much better.
Literally you can add in anything--AND I suggest you do.
Chocolate helps--a lot. And my addition of peanut butter helped too.
Where did this recipe come from?
I think it started on Oprah or O Magazine a couple years ago?
I saw it for the first time here at Foodlets.com

2-ingredient cookies
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cookie base:
2 very ripe bananas
1 cup old-fashioned oats

add in's:
dried cranberries, walnuts, pecans, peanut butter, raisins, etc..
(about 1/4 cup of each)

cook notes:
if you are adding in peanut butter, add in an additional 1 TB of oats for every 1/4 cup
of peanut butter. The cookies do not spread at all while baking, they actually keep the exact same
shape they had in dough form, so you might want to push the cookies down into a uniform circle.
I added in a pinch of salt to the dough if I added chocolate chips.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mash the bananas well.  Add in the oats and stir.
Then add in your add in's, mix again.
I covered the bowl and place in fridge to firm up.
Using a medium cookie scoop, scoop out balls onto parchment lined baking sheet, about an inch apart. Cookies don't spread at all, so you need to gently push the dough balls down a bit to get them round.   Bake for about 11-15 minutes. Hard to know when they are done, but look for set dough.


  1. ha, you sold these so well ;) i think i'd rather go with almond butter on a spoon with some dark chocolate chips!!

  2. haha. I think I made these one time...even with just chocolate added...they definitely need more! Yours look good

  3. Love these! I have cookies like this that I always put choc chips in, sometimes raisins, tons of cinnamon. So flexible! They look great!

  4. I love your honesty. No one wants mashed banana cardboard!

  5. I was immediately drawn in by your post title, and while the page was loading I was trying to imagine the two ingredients...thanks for being so honest :)

  6. Cardboard? Too funny. Some of those two ingredient things work with cakes,but not cookies. Your add-ins make all the difference. (The breakfast cookies I posted a while back are my daughter's favorite treat...lots of ingredients, but bananas and oats are the base)
    Love the 40 regrets in your Friday links.

  7. You got me. I couldn't wait to see what this was all about!

  8. I haven't had the original version of this because I did listen to my gut! You've made a much, much better version. This is terrific -- thanks.

  9. I agree with you - easy is good, but delicious is way better! Sometimes we need to put in a little work to get a great result.

  10. Excellent use of add-ins! I like that these could serve as quick, little energy snacks with no refined sugar.

  11. love how you used extras to make these cookies delicious! i've only made an amped-up version of these (with pumpkin and chocolate chips and cinnamon) and i'm sure they are kind of dull plain. if i want a cookie, i want a cookie!

  12. i'll bet somewhere someone is bowing down and worshiping bananas...they might be on to something. :)

  13. Yeah these kinds of cookies don't cut it for me either. I tried making some with oats, bananas, peanut butter, vanilla, and Fruity Pebbles, oh and some honey. They just tasted like banana. I love bananas but the cookies were yucky.

  14. I love your blog and your honesty. This just seems gross!

  15. yea they aren't great, I agree.


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