Peanut Butter Banana Cookies

These peanut butter banana cookies are ready to go in about 20 minutes, and taste like the perfect cross between banana bread and peanut butter cookies. Aka, YUM.

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So, I did a juice cleanse earlier this week.  And now I’m craving cookies.  Cookies, cookies, cookies.

That’s how it’s supposed to work, right?

Well, since these cookies have peanut butter and banana in them, maybe that can at least partially count as health food.  ;)

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Actually, the inspiration for these tasty little cookies did come from a healthier source — this protein-packed Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie recipe.  It was so good when I made it for breakfast, that I thought about re-making it for dessert after dinner.  And then the idea occurred to me — why not translate it into a cookie?

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I mean, everyone loves peanut butter and bananas when it comes to baking.  So the idea seemed to have potential.

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And sure enough, it was a winner.  Here’s how to make them!

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Start out with your basic cookie ingredients, plus a nice ripe banana and a bunch of peanut butter.

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Mix up a simple dough, then form it into balls on a cookie sheet.

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Use a fork to make the classic PB cookie criss-cross pattern if you’d like.  Then sprinkle with a pinch of turbinado sugar (or granulated sugar).  Bake ’em for about 8-10 minutes…

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…the voila!  These cute and easy little peanut butter banana cookies are yours to enjoy.

They are sweet but not too sweet.  They are soft and chewy, especially when just out of the oven.  And they basically taste like banana bread meets peanut butter cookies.  Aka, peanut butter banana heaven.

Alright, run to your kitchen and make some already!

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Peanut Butter Banana Cookies

These peanut butter banana cookies are easy to make and super yummy!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup creamy natural peanut butter (I used creamy natural from Trader Joe’s)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup mashed banana (about 1 medium banana)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • (optional: cane sugar, for sprinkling)

Directions:

Heat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a medium mixing bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, cornstarch, salt, baking soda and cinnamon until combined. Set aside.

In the (separate) bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and brown sugar together on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 1 minute. Add peanut butter, egg, banana, and vanilla, and continue mixing on medium speed until combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl once if needed. Fold in the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.

Measure out a rounded tablespoon-full of dough, roll it into a ball, then place on the baking sheet. Use a fork to press down the top of the ball and make a criss-cross pattern. Sprinkle with a pinch of cane sugar, if desired. Repeat with remaining dough.

Bake for 8-10 minutes or until slightly golden around the edges. Cool for 10 minutes on baking sheet, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Serve immediately or store in a sealed container for up to 1 week.

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  1. Justine — October 28, 2014 @ 11:46 pm (#)

    Had a jonesing for some peanut butter banana cookies. These hit the spot. I made them vegan by using chia seeds and coconut oil in place of the eggs and butter. I also used mostly spelt flour and excluded the cornstarch because I didn’t have any. Next time I think I’ll leave out the oil altogether and just double the amount of peanut butter. The end result is a touch floury, the texture pretty cakey but I kind of like it. I think I would flatten them out a bit more to make them again. I’ve already had three though, so they’re pretty good.

  2. Jackie — October 29, 2014 @ 12:43 pm (#)

    I bake all the time and followed the recipe exactly. I am very disappointed with these cookies. Its a shame cause with the flavor combinations I thoight they’d be amazing. I baked these in 3 seperate batches. The first batch didn’t look done at 8 min so i left them in for an additional 2min. They were dry. My 2nd batch i took out at 8min and they were still dry. 3rd batch took out at 7min….still dry.  Even if they weren’t dry I still wouldn’t like them. These cookies are bland and definitely need more sugar. I even tried making a glaze to go on top just to sweeten it up a bit. The blandness of the cookie still came thru so the glaze didn’t help in the slightest. I will not be making these cookies again. Its a great idea, but just needs more tweeking for my taste. 

  3. Ali — November 6, 2014 @ 9:51 pm (#)

    They’re good, but the texture turned out like cake. Not anything like a cookie. I’m not sure what could have happened. 

  4. Jena — November 16, 2014 @ 12:49 pm (#)

    These were not very good.  They were very dry and tasted mostly like banana.  No peanut butter flavor at all.  I’m disappointed. 

  5. Stef — November 21, 2014 @ 12:41 pm (#)

    Hi, 
    I don’t know if I just can’t find it or what, but I don’t see how many cookies this recipe makes. I want to make more than one batch but need to know how many one batch makes.

  6. Nancy — December 14, 2014 @ 1:24 pm (#)

    Yuck……needs sugar!

  7. sara — January 28, 2015 @ 9:46 pm (#)

    Literally the BEST peanut butter cookies ever. make them NOW. That is if you can get past the dough. It is that good. Sorry Grandma. This recipe is replacing yours.

  8. Kim — January 31, 2015 @ 4:48 pm (#)

    I didn’t use parchment paper.  Just sprayed baking sheets lightly with cooking spray (then wiped most of this off).  I rolled the dough balls in a little granulated sugar before putting on the cookie sheet and crisscrossing with fork.  Baked for the 8 minutes and left cool on the cookie sheet 10 more before removing.  Very good!

  9. Elisabeth — March 5, 2015 @ 7:00 pm (#)

    They came out more like scones or biscuits than cookies for me, but if I look at them as peanut butter-banana biscuits they aren’t bad! Probably would benefit from some simple glaze or frosting if I was feeling up to it.

  10. Alicia — March 24, 2015 @ 9:06 pm (#)

    These cookies are more mild, less sweet, and more cake-like than other peanut butter cookies, but I adore them. I’ve made them multiple times, and I like that they’re soft and not overly sweet. If you like things that are a tiny bit healthier and enjoy all sorts of textures, then these are awesome, and you should make bunches of them! 

    • Ali — March 25th, 2015 @ 12:44 pm

      Thanks Alicia, I’m so happy you like them!

  11. Ali — April 23, 2015 @ 7:03 pm (#)

    Would they work without the cornstarch? And with whole wheat flour?  Love your recipes!

    • Ali — May 1st, 2015 @ 12:51 pm

      Hey Ali, you don’t have to use cornstarch, but it’s what makes the cookies puffy (it adds some volume), and a nice pillowy texture. You could use whole wheat flour, though I wouldn’t use all whole wheat flour. I’d do either half and half, or 1 1/2 cups of all purpose, and 1/2 cup of whole wheat. Otherwise, you might find the cookies will take on a very different texture — they’ll be sturdier and denser, versus tender and lighter. I hope that helps!

  12. Ali — April 24, 2015 @ 9:13 am (#)

    I see someone already asked the question and you answered!

  13. susanna — May 13, 2015 @ 6:20 pm (#)

    Can I still make these if I don’t have cornstach ?

    • Ali — May 13th, 2015 @ 9:55 pm

      Sure, I don’t think it will make much of a difference, so you should be fine!

  14. DJ Carlton — May 21, 2015 @ 3:51 pm (#)

    It’s like taking a bite of peanut butter air!  I decided to try these because my husband loves peanut butter. (Me?  Not so much.)  I took the advice of another poster and rolled the balls of raw dough balls in white granulated sugar, and I am very pleased with the result.  These are far better than traditional PB cookies because they are cake-like (or like biscuits or scones, as others have mentioned), not hard and crunchy.  These are light, fragile when warm, and have a fluffy, melt-in-your-mouth texture, which is enhanced by the contrasting sugar coating.. I used regular creamy Jiff brand and a tad more than what was called for by the recipe, and still the PB flavor really wasn’t all that strong.  That’s fine with me.  We’ll see what my husband thinks.

    • Ali — May 21st, 2015 @ 4:27 pm

      Thanks DJ! I hope your husband enjoys these! : )

  15. Kristi — June 7, 2015 @ 10:01 am (#)

    I made these yesterday and while they taste super good, my dough was incredibly sticky. I wasn’t able to roll them into the nice balls that are shown in the picture. The only thing I did differently was not add the cornstarch (didn’t have any on hand). Would that have made the difference? I want to make them again, but it was a little frustrating with all the stickiness! 

    • Ali — June 8th, 2015 @ 8:33 am

      Hey Kristi! Not adding the cornstarch is the only thing I could think of that would definitely explain the sticky dough. Next time, if you want to make them and don’t have any cornstarch, you can always use flour (it will work the same way). Popping the dough in the fridge for a little while should help firm it up as well, but the cornstarch/flour is important. Glad you still thought they were yummy though!

  16. Rachael — July 2, 2015 @ 6:30 am (#)

    Hi I’m going to try out this recipe today.. looks too yummy! Problem is I’m lactose intolerant and it’s hard finding dairy-free butter locally (we’re still a bit behind on these things it seems). Can this be done without the butter?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 2nd, 2015 @ 8:23 am

      Hey Rachel! We haven’t tried this recipe without butter, but you might be able to try coconut oil instead. We’d suggest giving that a go. We hope that helps!

  17. Sara — July 14, 2015 @ 7:40 pm (#)

    Found these on Pinterest and made them tonight, I am always experimenting with PB cookies when I have a sweets craving. I love these cookies, I didn’t have cornstarch on hand but they still turned out delish. I’ll be making them again for sure. Thanks!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 15th, 2015 @ 7:28 pm

      Thanks Sara, we’re glad to hear that — thanks for giving these a try! :)

  18. Julie — August 18, 2015 @ 6:09 am (#)

    Made these early last evening for a quick treat  to have in the house. My daughters got to lick the spoons too !  The cookies are very sticky but, put them in the refrigerator for a little & they did get more firm to roll in balls. I also used coconut oil ( not vegetable ) & used more flour (instead of corn starch) too ! Did not use any sugar to coat them either.   They are a moist cookie & the favor is yummy with a little banana – a little peanut butter, just enough of each . Actually, it feels like your eating something  healthy & not too bad for you either. So eat up & enjoy ! 

    • Ali — November 4th, 2015 @ 4:04 pm

      So glad you enjoyed the cookies, Julie! :)

  19. Tine Stempell — October 19, 2015 @ 2:32 pm (#)

    Best. Cookies. Ever.
    I just tried the recipe, everything worked well, and, best of all, it was easy to get my husband to help me rolling the most delicious cookie dough ever… ;-) I am glad he left over some dough for the cookies! 
    Thank you for the recipe! 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 20th, 2015 @ 12:07 pm

      Thanks so much Tine, we’re happy you and your husband enjoyed these! :)

  20. Andrea — November 14, 2015 @ 11:46 am (#)

    These cookies are the best!! Delicious, moist and so easy to make,  the best breakfast for a cold and cloudy day!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 14th, 2015 @ 2:38 pm

      Thanks Andrea, we’re happy you liked them! :)

  21. Paula S. — December 5, 2015 @ 11:40 pm (#)

    Hello! Just wanted to say I tried these with gluten free flour and for those attempting that, increase peanut butter to 3/4 cup.  They aren’t as moist and peanuty as they should be otherwise.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — December 7th, 2015 @ 11:33 am

      Thanks so much for sharing Paula, that’s good to know!

  22. Heather — January 3, 2016 @ 11:57 pm (#)

    Very easy recipie, and delicious. Once I began making the cookies I realized I didn’t have any eggs, so I substituted vegetable oil and a little extra banana for the egg, still came out great! No cornstarch on hand either, once again came out fine.  I also used a cookie scoop for forming the dough, so much easier. Thanks for the recipie! 🍪

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 5th, 2016 @ 1:06 pm

      Oh wow, good thinking Heather! We’re so glad you were still able to make these work using what you had! We’re happy you enjoyed these! :)

  23. Ottilie — March 21, 2016 @ 7:09 pm (#)

    Made these yesterday, forgot the cinnamon and forgot the sugar for sprinkling. Still tasted good! I do agree with some of the comments that this cookie is a little floury/cake-like in texture, but they are soft and hit the spot for when you’re craving something sweet but don’t want to feel the guilt.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 21st, 2016 @ 9:49 pm

      We’re glad you enjoyed these! :)

  24. Emily — April 21, 2016 @ 1:56 pm (#)

    These were amazing!! I don’t understand how people’s were dry! I LOVE this recipe. I now keep bananas on hand at all times so I can make them every couple weeks! Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — April 22nd, 2016 @ 8:20 am

      Thanks for your sweet words about these cookies Emily! We’re so glad you love them! :)

  25. Anna — May 11, 2016 @ 10:28 pm (#)

    A big mistake adding the cornstarch so I will try this again without it and hope they are better cause so far they are too dry and I did exactly everything right as the  recipe says.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — May 16th, 2016 @ 8:13 pm

      We’re sorry to hear these came out dry Anna — we haven’t had any issues with that before. We wonder if the banana was ripe enough?

  26. K caldwell — September 19, 2016 @ 7:49 pm (#)

    Very dry and not enough sugar or peanut butter . Sorry, waste of time and ingredients

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 20th, 2016 @ 10:02 am

      We’re sorry to hear you didn’t care for these, Ken!

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