Monkey Cookies {Banana, Oatmeal and Chocolate Chips!}

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Monkey Cookies - perfect low sugar lunchbox treat!

I have a really yummy cookie recipe for you today.  These cookies are very low in sugar- 1 cup for 3 dozen cookies- and I think they are a perfect after school snack for kids or lunchbox treat.

I love these as well- sometimes in the morning with coffee.  These cookies are not really for when you are craving a super sweet sugar cookie or gooey chocolate chip cookie.  These are more like when you want something bread-y and comforting.  Like warm banana bread.  Absolutely delicious but not super sugary and sweet.

These cookies will actually get softer after a day or two- so perfect to make a batch to eat all week.  It does make a lot of cookies so these will also freeze really well.

The recipe does call for fresh pureed coconut.  Don’t let that scare you away because I have two easy substitutions if you don’t want to bother with fresh coconut.  It is super yummy and adds a delicious texture if you do try it :)

Here is the recipe:

Monkey Cookies {Banana, Oatmeal and Chocolate Chips!}
Recipe type: Cookies, Dessert
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 36
Monkey cookies- so delicious and a perfect low-sugar lunchbox treat!
  • ½ cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup pureed fresh coconut* (substitutions listed below)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3 very ripe medium bananas
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1¾ cups quick oats
  • Select from the following ingredients, (mixing and matching if you wish) to equal 1 generous cup total:
  • • Chopped nuts – peanuts, pecans, or walnuts
  • • Raisins or other dried fruit
  • • chocolate chips
  1. *To puree coconut, put small chunks of fresh coconut meat in a food processor and process on high for approximately 3 minutes. Coconut will be slightly chunky, and feel oily if you rub it between your fingers.
  2. Heat oven to 375 F.
  3. In a large bowl, beat together the butter, coconut, and brown sugar until light.
  4. Add the egg and ripe bananas (if they are very ripe there is no need to mash them first) and beat until well combined.
  5. Mix in t flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg until thoroughly combined.
  6. Stir in the oats and your selected additions.
  7. Use a cookie scoop or tablespoon to drop cookies at least 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet. (or use parchment) Do not flatten the cookie dough.
  8. Bake for approximately 12 minutes. The bottom of the cookie will be brown, but the top should be just beginning to show some color.
  9. Move cookies to racks to cool.


So fresh coconut can be a little bit of a pain but it is super yummy.  I got a whole coconut at Walmart for $1.98 and a small coconut is enough to make this recipe twice.  So you could do a double batch or you can have some extra for snacking- which is what I did.

If you don’t want the bother you can either use 1 cup of dried coconut (either unsweetened or sweetened- depending on your preference).  A second option would be 1/2 cup dried coconut and 1/4 cup coconut oil.  Either way works great!

If you aren’t a huge fan of coconut the flavor is very mild with fresh or dried coconut.  I love coconut but I find the banana and oats to be the most pronounced flavors.

If you decide to make these please come back and let me know what you think!

Here are a few other recipes you might like:

Cinnamon Swirl Bread RecipeCinnamon Swirl Bread

Skinny Mocha Smoothie - perfect pre workout drink or afternoon pick me up!Skinny Mocha Smoothie 

Homemade Slow Cooker Spaghetti SauceHomemade Spaghetti Sauce recipe- dump in the slow cooker and you are done!


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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Kate July 17, 2014 at 11:14 PM

Thanks for the recipe!
These bikkies were tasty and easy.

Tara September 21, 2014 at 2:37 PM

I really like these! Easy and quick!

Jean Paone November 1, 2014 at 5:39 PM

These cookies are so easy to make! They are awesome! I add in more than a cup of the add ins. I have used walnuts, dark Choc chips, milk Choc chips, white Choc chips, craisins, raisins, whatever I have available. Great recipe for those leftover bananas!

Charlene November 1, 2014 at 8:55 PM

Yeah! Thanks for the comment Jean- so glad you liked it :)

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