Butterscotch Banana Oatmeal Cookies are sweet, chewy, and made with just five ingredients. The perfect small batch recipe for baking in your toaster oven.
Got an overripe banana to use up? Make cookies!
The cookies are delicious with crispy edges, chewy toasted oats, and a great cinnamon banana bread flavor.
It’s hard to believe they’re made with only five simple ingredients: Banana, Oats, Almond Butter, Cinnamon, and Rich Butterscotch Chips.
Now before you start sending me emails, I know I’m playing a little fast and loose using the word cookies here.
Since the recipe has no flour, butter, or eggs I guess you’d say they’re technically more like baked oatmeal bites.
What I love most about these “cookies” are the toasted oats.
Toasting oats brings out their naturally nutty flavor and with the help of your toaster oven, it takes just a few extra minutes.
How to Toast Oats in Your Toaster Oven
- Adjust the cooking rack to the bottom placement and preheat to 350°F.
- Spread your oats in a single layer on an ungreased quarter sheet pan and cook until lightly toasted, about 8 to 10 minutes. The toasted oats won’t appear very different, just a little golden, but that nutty aroma of baked oatmeal will fill your kitchen.
- Let the oats cool completely (7 to 8 minutes) before adding to your recipe.
Do You Have to Toast The Oats?
You can skip toasting the oats and the cookies will be okay. Not awesome, but okay, and ready quicker.
Personally, I find untoasted old fashioned oats have a bland, almost raw flavor. So I think it’s totally worth the extra effort.
Tips and Tricks For THE BEST Butterscotch Banana Oatmeal Cookies:
- Use A Brown Banana. An overripe banana with brown speckled spots will have the most flavor and sweetness.
- Be Choosy About Your Nut Butter. Creamy almond butter brings a fantastic salty roasted almond flavor. Peanut butter is good too but can be overpowering.
- Avoid A Sticky Situation. A few of the butterscotch chips will melt and caramelize on the bottoms (yes, it’s as delicious as it sounds). To keep the cookies from sticking use a silicone baking mat or lightly grease the pan.
- Freeze Leftovers. The cookies taste best the day they are baked. After that, toss any uneaten cookies in the freezer and they’ll keep for a few months. You can even reheat them in your toaster oven for a quick snack or grab-and-go treat!
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