Banana Bread Cookies

Are you ever out somewhere and see those moms, who are obviously at their wit’s end..

With snot stains on their shirt, an “If you so much as THINK about looking at me, I will cut you” expression on their face and a kid with a kool-aid mustache trailing behind them crying?

Before I had kids I vowed never to be that mom.

Never. Ever.  Not in a million years.

I mean, “C’mon random woman…kids aren’t that hard.  I mean, there’s no reason to be so angry”, I used to think.


The universe heard my judgment…tucked it away in it’s universe-back-pocket and saved it for a rainy day.  Or a random Friday in the year 2012.

Yeah, last Friday, not only was I that random woman that I placed such harsh judgment on many years ago…I was that woman times 17.


The only difference between that woman and me, was I didn’t have snot on me.  I, unknowingly, had dried blood on my pants from when my 7 year old got a bloody nose before we left the house.  And it was super awesome, because not only did I not notice the blood until it was too late, it was BLOOD ON MY PANTS!!  Draw your own conclusions, people.

So as I was whisper-yelling at my kids, attempting to buy groceries for my family and trying nonchalantly to hide the blood stains on my pants I shape-shifted into that poor, poor woman from long ago.

The only difference between her and me, was she was WAY more pulled together.  I dreamed of only a kool-aid mustache and a few tears in that moment.  I dreamed of some crusty snot on my shoulder.  I was in full fledged “panic-in-Target” mode, while my kids bounced off the end displays and random old people looked at me in disgust saying, “Get control of your child” with only their eyes.

So moral of the story…that woman in Target who looks like a Nick Nolte mug shot, don’t judge her.  The universe is a bitch.



Moving on.


Banana Bread Cookies.

They’re comforting.  The perfect cure for a tough day at Target.


I’ve been trying to make these cookies for ages, but once I have an idea for old bananas, suddenly my family feels the need to eat their potassium.

But finally yesterday I convinced my kids to eat a box of Nerds instead of the totally mashable bananas I had on the counter.

Wow, I’m either the coolest or worst mom in history.


So mash your bananas, and mix in some other important ingredients…oil, egg, sugar, oats…


Also, as you can see I used chocolate chips in mine.  If you don’t like chocolate chips in your banana bread, you can easily sub in nuts or raisins…


Then just bake.  They’ll look pretty when they’re done.


Then…if you want to get crazy you’ll need to frost them.  Cookies with frosting are kind of my thing.

And I made a maple cream cheese frosting,  which is totally optional, but really not optional at all.


Then eat.



Banana Bread Cookies with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting


Makes about 26 cookies



  • 3 very ripe bananas, mashed (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 cup brown sugar (either dark or light)
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 cups quick oats
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips, chopped walnuts or raisins (I used chocolate chips)


  • 3 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp maple syrup ~ or if you don’t prefer maple you can use 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar



  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Combine bananas, sugar, oil, vanilla and egg in mixing bowl. Beat until combined.
  3. Add in flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg. Mix on low until smooth.
  4. Finally pour in oats and chips, nuts or raisins. Stir until evenly incorporated.
  5. On a nonstick cookie sheet, or a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, drop batter my large tablespoon, about 2 inches apart.
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes until edges are golden and centers are set.
  7. Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool.


  1. In a stand mixer combine cream cheese, butter and maple syrup or extract beating until smooth.
  2. Turn mixer down to low and add in powdered sugar until just combined. Turn mixer up to medium and beat until smooth, about 1 minute.
  3. Spread a tablespoon of frosting onto each cookie.


store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
Refrigerate if desired.


75 Responses

  1. LMAO! Oh friend. I’m so sorry. I was full on laughing at whisper-yelling and the mom/nick nolte mugshot.

    The cookies look very comforting and probably much needed after that Target trip!


  2. I loved the story and I Too made that comment and many others in my mind when I was a young mother…and tried to uphold those darn expectations of not being ‘that’ mom, till i was a mom in my 30’s-40. Sad to say, but i could care less of the looks or attitudes, but it took alot of ignoring, and deafining of sounds to get there…needless to say, my older kids are more upset then the old folks in the stores. 😉

  3. Give me a couple years, and I know I will be in your shoes. I know it’s coming and when it does I will think of these cookies. Speaking of these cookies …. mmmm talk about comfort! And that icing is totally necessary … I love it!

  4. Haha. I used to judge those women who had kids throwing a fit in the check out lane bribing their kids with candy bars. Then I became the mom who the ENTIRE grocery visit became “if you’re good you can pick something out”….Yeah, candy works.
    Love these cookies! And frosting is NOT optional.

  5. LOL we have all been that mom, trust me. I remember just picking my son up around his waste, he was about three and hauling him like that, hanging sideways and I pushed the buggy and he screamed like I was killing him. yeah people were looking a few younger ones laughed, they will get there’s, trust me!

  6. Alisha

    Yeah. After I had my first kid, who was THE EASIET baby ever born, I would totally judge the moms who were a wreck, thinking, “If you’d put that baby on a schedule, he’d be better.” Universe. Back pocket. THEN my second child was born. I have lots and lots and lots of compassion for that mom at Target now. The only reason I am not that mom at Target is because I wait until my kids are in school, then I go.

  7. Ive been on a massive banana bread fest – banana anything from cakes to breads but not cookies, not yet! These look perfect, Shelly!

    The sudden need for potassium – omg my family does that to me too!

    And the maple cream cheese frosting = YES!!!

  8. Amelia

    Umm, I totally feel you on the Target incident. Why do kids turn into crazy people when you are trying to grocery shop? I found your blog a little while ago and I totally love it!! I made the oreo pudding cookies this week and they were awesome. Thanks for the great recipes.

  9. elizabeth

    I love your stories and your food. I unsubscribed to a dozen food blogs recently but I will forever remain faithful to yours. You make me smile and laugh too.

  10. Jileen

    I just love your posts! You are so real and so hilarious all that the same time. First laugh out loud I’ve had today. Thank you! And then you put up a rockin’ cookie recipe. I love your blog!

  11. Melissa

    Used to judge, now after child #3, not so much. Back pocket, yep, that’s where she must have been. Would love to make these cookies however, I can not stomach bananas. Sorry, the frosting however, I could eat with a spoon.

  12. Sharon

    So, so true and much funnier because we have all been there!! I had a childless teacher once say to me, “Well, if I was a parent who cared……”. Her second son is from the Universe-back pocket! He is full of life, fun and given her a much better understanding of kids away from school 🙂

    Thanks for today’s laugh, and a wonderful new recipe!
    (Mom of four who all survived my parenting)

  13. I used to stare at random mom, especially in restaurants. I taught kindergarten and first grade and talked trash about random moms. Now I have 3 children and I am random mom. Pay back is …. you know. Today in the car pick up line, I had the car off, listening to the radio, and my battery died! DEAD. Do you know how awful it is to be the mom that holds up the car line in BOTH directions because you are tapping on strangers doors asking for a set of jumper cables and then begging someone to pull their car over so I could get a jump? All this will dried food and snot on my clothes.

    I think I need a cookie!

  14. Boy, do I ever feel your pain. I always said my kids would be clean and well groomed at all times. But just try to control a teenager’s dental hygiene habits, just try!
    I have the same trouble with bananas. The kids always eat them before they ripen enough to bake with! These cookies look spectacular.

  15. Kristen

    I think you are genius with this recipe! I either make my banana breads with chocolate chips or nuts and maple syrup. This has both! Will be sure to try very soon. This cooker weather has me wanting to bake almost every night.

  16. i love that you turned this bread into a cookie!! it makes eating them that much more fun!! i don’t have kids yet but i can imagine how hard it is to just be the picture perfect mom that you always said you’d want to be or what you wouldn’t do..just too hard!

  17. Oh my goodness, you made me laugh so hard. Because it is all SO true. It’s usually at those times in Target I run in to “that other mom.” You know the type – the one who wears Chanel to school pick-up? Sigh. LOVE these cookies, like, a ton.

  18. I’m with you, and I only have one who is not even a year yet. I’ve pretty much resigned myself to sporting some sort of wet spot on my shirt or my pants at all times, and the sleep deprivation leads me to want to cut people.

    Meanwhile, these cookies are looking really, really delicious. I made some banana chocolate chip cookies a couple of months ago but they were lacking something … I’m thinking frosting! Hey, at least you’re “that mom” with some really terrific ideas. 🙂

  19. I once read a story about an art student who was feeling very posh and great in her new white pants, and even volunteered to be the subject for her class’s paintings that day…until she started peeking at nearby portraits and saw her classmates mixing red paint onto the canvas. She looked down, and…yup. It’s always nice to know at least that all mortification has company. Thank you for sharing this hilarious story and fun recipe!

  20. My husband and I don’t have kids yet and I have to admit, I often find myself scoffing at the loud, tantrum-y kids at Target. So that means karma is going to get me and our kids are going to be epic brats, right? Oh well, there’s always boarding school…

    And hey, cookies! These look awesome. Cakey cookies are my favorite!

  21. It’s the first time I see a recipe for banana bread cookies! I just had to “pin” the recipe! I hope that meets with your approval. I love the thought of a handful of these and a hot cup of coffee! 🙂

  22. I have SO been that mom. As a matter of fact, someone left a message on my Facebook page saying they had seen me in Target. My first thought was, “was I screaming at my kid?!?” 😉

    So, I think our families are twins in that I’ve been trying to save TWO bananas for a recipe and somehow, they always get eaten. This has been going on for over two weeks now. Finally, I stashed two in a paper bag and am waiting for them to come to complete ripeness. I’ve come to the point in life of hiding bananas in a paper bag. Exciting.

    And, your cookies are genius! I want them NOW…..or in 3 weeks…whenever I get more bananas. 😉

  23. Gotta love the Target meltdowns 🙂 They don’t happen as much anymore…as much… I’ve learned to not care what anyone thinks about it and just finish up my business and be on my way 🙂

    Can’t wait to make these cookies! I made up something similar many years ago – but never wrote down the recipe…my family will love these! Thanks for sharing!

  24. Katie

    Made these cookies last night and they are awesome! I did have a little problem with portion control, so I got a little over half of the recommended number of cookies. They are like banana bread cookies and with the visible oats they dont feel too guilty!

  25. Wow, these looks awesome. Love banana bread and the frosting is a great addition. Just made your caramel apple cheesecake bars adn they were a huge hit! Thanks for always having the best dessert recipes!

  26. Yup I think I was that mother a few times too even though I vowed I wouldn’t. Now that they’re grown Ive forgotten t.
    I made the cookies today. I’m going to freeze them and take them to my sons wedding. I don’t have cream cheese in the house, but do have maple syrup. I will make maple butter icing.

  27. April

    I have tons of banana trees in my yard and like most things – it’s none or 6 bunches all at once. I made these cookies and the banana brownies yesterday – my bananas were scary overripe and had been frozen – the cookies came out perfect – flavor was wonderful and I frosted some – for “cookies” and the ones I didn’t frost were breakfast for the kids! The kids were worried that there was something wrong with me – I let them have cookies for breakfast? Worked great for my Saturday morning! In the brownies, I could taste the too ripeness of the bananas.
    Thanks for always inspiring!

  28. cookies are really good. I made them today. The only problem was the frosting. It was much thinner than the picture showed I had to add a bunch more sugar to firm it up. But over all really good and I will see how the girls like them tonight. Will let you know.

  29. Amanda

    I just stumbled across your blog, and for the last two days have been laughing hysterically, especially about the “whisper yelling” in stores!!!! Love it! As a mom of four, so many of your post ring true to heart!

  30. Shani

    I judged in the same way! My pet peeve was opening food while in the store and letting the kids eat it. I thought it was so tacky.

    Imagine my surprise when my usually very amiable daughter had a uber meltdown over goldfish crackers when I tossed them in the basket if the grocery cart she was riding in. Suddenly I became that woman I judged. Karma. A great lesson in humility and understanding too. And I had it coming.

    Love the addition of the oats in the cookies! My dad eats bananas everyday and maple is a favorite flavor of his. These might actually become a Xmas gift for him.

    Thank you !

  31. jamie

    Just made ’em. Delish. Moist and substantial. Great breakfast/coffee cookie. I saved a little bit of batter at the end and mixed in creamy peanut butter then covered each cookie with hand placed chocolate chips. Very rich. Loved both.

  32. StephNovak

    These cookies look amazing. I will have to hide a couple bananas from the kids so I can give it a try. I did try your Buckeye Brownies recipe and YUMMM!!
    I too have had Karma bite me in the butt. My first daughter was an angel-so well behaved and always clean and put together. I was a young mom (barely 20 when I had her) and would scoff at the moms in the store who could not keep their toddlers under control. WELL, fast forward 12yrs and I became the mother of twin girls (AKA twinadoes). The screaming and fit throwing is now in surround sound .

  33. I just made these and nearly fell off my stool with how not only easy but delicious there are! I am looking forward to making every recipe on your site…. Ps. That’s cool that you power your house from being bitten by an eel … Teehee hee….

  34. Sammy

    I just baked these. They truly are amazing! Thanks for the recipe – nothing like this out there on the www! It is the consistency of banana bread but with oats and in a cookie form.

    We are going on a health kick lately so to get more fiber I substituted the 1 1/2 cup flour with 1/2 cup whole wheat flour plus 1 cup white flour. Also reduced the brown sugar a bit b/c my bananas were super ripe and sweet. Turned out fine.

    I love your story too – most of us moms can totally relate.

  35. Jennifer Lee

    These cookies just made my Sunday even better! They were super moist and soft which I like about my cookies. Thanks for the recipe & will definitely try your other cookie recipes! 🙂

  36. Beachgirl

    Made these and they are fabulous! The icing is just as amazing as the cookie and I must say it was super easy to make!

  37. oh my gosh, you make me howl, this >> ”But finally yesterday I convinced my kids to eat a box of Nerds instead” made me laugh out loud and I woke my boyfriend up, oops.
    These. Look. Amazing.
    So ruddy happy I found your blog!
    Betty x
    The Betty Stamp

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