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High Energy Oatmeal Banana Cookies

  • 4 doz.
  • 15 min
  • 12 min

Submitted by Barbara Day, M.S., R.D.


  •  1 ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½  tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • ¾ tsp cinnamon
  • ¾ cup trans-free margarine
  • 1 ¾ cup quick cooking-oats, uncooked
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (2 – 3)
  • 2 large liquid egg whites or 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/3 cup of walnuts or pecans, chopped
  • Cooking Spray




This is an excellent easy-to-make cookie recipe for holiday cookie exchanges. I have added chocolate chips and raisins or dried blueberries which increases the calories but hey Christmas only comes once a year!


Per Cookie: 74 calories, 1 grams protein, 4 grams of fat, 10 grams of CHO,  1 gram of fiber, 70 mg sodium.




Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine flour and next 5 ingredients.  Cut in margarine with a pastry blender or fork until mixture resembles a coarse meal.  Add oats, mashed bananas, egg and nuts. Mix thoroughly.  Drop by teaspoons onto cookie sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake 10 – 12 minutes.


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all-purpose flour

baking soda



trans-free margarine

quick cooking-oats, uncooked

3 ripe bananas

100% liquid egg whites or egg

walnuts or pecans, chopped


Add ins: ½ cup raisins, dried cranberries or blueberries, or chocolate chips. All these add more calories.


Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., is a registered dietitian with a Master’s Degree in clinical nutrition.  The former publisher of Kentuckiana HealthFitness Magazine, Kentuckiana Healthy Woman magazine and radio show host of Health News You Can Use, Barbara has over 44 years of experience in promoting healthy lifestyles to consumers.  Barbara worked as Nutrition Consultant to the Navy SEALs (8 years) and the University of Louisville Athletic Department (10 years). Barbara currently writes a weekly nutrition column for the Southeast Outlook. Barbara is a runner, cyclist, hiker, a mother and grandmother to 13 grandchildren.    


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