The cookie monster is coming out to play! I have a serious obsession with cookies, cookie dough, and basically anything with bananas in it. I’ve made vegan banana oatmeal breakfast cookies before, but this time I came up with a raw vegan version that requires no baking and no mess. All it takes is 5 minutes, a blender or food processor, and a couple of simple ingredients and you’re good to go. These raw banana date oat cookies make the perfect healthy snack, plus they’re vegan, gluten-free, nut-free & oil-free!
Even though these cookies are raw, you do not need a dehydrator to make them. All you have to do is combine the ingredients, roll them into balls, and stick them in the freezer. I actually don’t have a dehydrator, so I get bummed out since a lot of raw vegan recipes require them. I decided to solve this problem by making a more accessible raw cookie recipe that everyone can make at home!
I really have nothing to compare these cookies to, because I’ve never tasted anything quite like them. They are sticky, naturally sweet, and completely delicious. The first time I made them, I had my boyfriend try them and he asked me if I could make more for him. To be honest, I wasn’t sure exactly how I ended up with them. I was just experimenting in the kitchen with some of my favorite ingredients: frozen bananas, dates, rolled oats, coconut sugar, coconut nectar, and cinnamon.
I was definitely up for the challenge and after some more experimenting, came up with more delicious banana date oat cookies. I gave my boyfriend a couple and after wild approval again, I knew I’d nailed it. You could eat these on their own like I did, dip them into some oat milk or almond milk, scoop some banana ice cream in the middle to make ice cream sandwiches, or even layer them with peanut butter or jam.
When it comes to these cookies, I definitely had no problem finishing them off in just a couple of days. Almost all the cookie recipes I’ve seen call for tons of coconut oil or nut butter, which not only gets pricy but also means they’re super high in fat. These are great low fat alternative that’s super tasty as well.
If you try out this recipe, please share with me on Instagram @asunshinemission and let me know what you think! These cookies are definitely best enjoyed straight out of the freezer, because trust me they will melt pretty quickly at room temperature. If you’re a soft cookie person, you will love these because they’re really chewy and soft.
- 3 cups rolled oats, gluten-free
- 1 1/2 cups Medjool dates, pitted
- 1/2 cup sliced banana, frozen
- 1/4 cup coconut nectar
- 3 tbsp coconut sugar
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- Add your rolled oats, dates, cinnamon, and coconut sugar to a high-speed blender.
- Blend on high until all ingredients are well combined and broken down into small pieces.
- Transfer mixture to a food processor.
- Add in coconut nectar and frozen banana slices.
- Pulse until mixture is well combined and sticky.
- Scoop mixture out and place on a cutting board.
- Roll into tablespoon-sized balls between your hands.
- Place balls on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Flatten down balls into cookies using your hands or the back of a spoon.
- Place in the freezer for 1 hour to firm up.