Last night, I was struck by how grateful I am to live where I do. Hugh took me swimming. A romantic early evening dip, as I never do this on my own accord. The air was warm and the ocean temp about 70 degrees. Deep blue and crystal clear. It had been FAR too long since I’d been out swimming. It ends up being quite a workout for me, treading water, as I am terrified of sea creatures chomping my feet off. Hugh made a good looking life saving device. The ocean is so vast, that it reminds me how small we are in this wild and precious life. It was calming and reviving at the same time; much needed. Regardless of where you live, I know that you’ve had those moments of being overwhelmed with gratitude. I may sound sappy, but if your heart is any bigger than a pea, thoughts as these have crossed your mind.

Bringing it back to the treats at hand, because you and I can both be grateful for these pucks of oatty goodness. I don’t bake cookies often because my greedy tendencies seem to surface every time I do... I intend to give most away, but once they are warm and sweet smelling out of the oven, I get protective and hoard them. I freeze most, to have them only when I really NEED a cookie. I manage to easily convince myself that I always NEED a cookie. These are so tasty and hearty, that I even NEED them around breakfast time. The good news: these lil pucks have no eggs, sugar or butter, but I assure you, they still taste like a treat.0002

OAT ‘NANA PUCKS // 3 dozen mini pucks
Adapted from 101 Cookbooks.

Heidi's recipe calls for almond meal, but I like nut crunchies. The almond meal does however, help act as a binder. So I added wheat bran. If you have gluten allergies, omit the wheat bran and use almond meal. Also note that these cookies can be a bit crumbly in texture. If that bothers you, add a beaten egg to the wet mix.

3 Well Ripened Bananas
2 tbsp. Good Vanilla Extract
¼ Cup Coconut Oil (olive oil works fine)
2 Cups Rolled Oats
1/3 Cup Wheat Bran
2/3 Cup Finely Chopped Almonds
1/2 Cup Unsweetened, Shredded Coconut
1 tbsp. Cinnamon
1 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Baking Powder
¾ Cup Semisweet Chocolate Chips or Carob Chips0088

Oven to 350’
Mush the ripe bananas with a fork. Mix the wet ingredients together: bananas, vanilla, and oil. In another bowl, mix remaining dry ingredients. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and gently mix. Fold in the chocolate or carob chips. The dough will be loose. Here, my favorite line in her recipe, ‘don’t worry about it’. Ha.
On a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat, make mini balls, then give them a gentle smush to flatten them. I like them in balls, Hugh prefers them in pucks, shape as you wish. They don’t really change shape while baking, so spacing 1’’ between is fine.
Bake for about 14 minutes until puck or nugget is firm. Do not undercook or they will crumble.

Reader Comments (34)

Hoarding cookies is probably my favorite hobby, so I look forward to any opportunity to do it. These look amazing by the way, and will be made and consumed soon. I tend to overbuy bananas just to have a reason to use the overripe ones ("oh, I *have* to make banana bread? If you say so...") so thank you for providing another reason to why I love brown bananas :-)

July 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLisa's Cocina

mmmm . . . lovely recipe! I love cookies like that. I'm with you, if I go out in open water I'm always afraid of sea creatures chomping my toes off haha. I get chills and humbled when I look into space, it's just crazy to think we are one little creature in this vast universe.

July 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEatingRD

mmmmm! i have lots of these ingredients left over from your granola recipe. i made it last night and it was oh so tasty. and this heat has ripened my bananas somethin' fierce so yay, oat'nana pucks here i come! luv your blog. your recipes, the pics. its outta sight. delicious.

July 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterthe go to girl

Wow, what gorgeous pics, I just love them! I'm like you, I find excuses to eat cookies (and cakes, and ice cream and all things sweet) at all hours of the day... but I don't even have the self control to freeze them! These look beautiful... is it cookie time yet?!

Hmmm, I'm looking at 3 ripe bananas right now. I think I just might have to makes these pucks! Thanks!

Your site is so easy on the eyes. The photography is light and airy -- it makes me feel like I can bake this from scratch and not make a mess! I have some rolled oats that I bought but had no clue what to do with, so this recipe sounds like the help I need.

And I I deserve a cookie!

July 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKim (@ Paper Apron)

I love the name of these!

July 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterABowlOfMush

this is a cookie i might actually make and i ALWAYS have over-rippened bananas in the house. i love that they are sorta guilty, sorta not and therefore can be eaten for breakfast or dessert (with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, i imagine). i can't wait to try them- yum!

July 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLydia J

Love the action shot! Yes, I am grateful but am at a place right now where sometimes it's hard to remember to be. The other night, I was going out with my husband and put a dress on. My 4 1/2 year old son looked at me shyly and said, in a very quiet voice, "You look pretty." My heart filled up with so much thanks for this sweet child that I totally teared up. Thanks for the reminder.

July 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDana

If I try to convince myself that i should eat a cookie only when I need it, I would eat some all the time ;) Your recipe seems yummy!

July 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMarion

I too am terrified beyond reason of sea creatures nibbling at my toes. I'd much rather stay on dry land... in the kitchen in fact... making these amazing oat'nana pucks! Thank you for another amazing post. I am so grateful! ;)

July 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLeah

Wow, those look so delicious. I think I may try this soon, and maybe throw some dried fruit in there.

July 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHannah

these are called pucks? really? such a cute name :D

July 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenternags

What a great recipe! I love all the flavor components, and I love the texture of cookies made with oats!

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFaith

Hugh has managed to make even ripe, raw bananas look gorgeous. Now that is talent! This looks like my kind of cookie. I just printed out the recipe, and will report back.

July 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJess

Hello lovey, just keep getting more & more creative!
Yes, the Laguna Beach Farmer's market IS a delight of the senses.
Sprouted Kitchen is getting around! Congrats!
Keep having fun ~ Thanks for sharing your talents & joy with us :)
PS kudos to Huge for the amazing photography. Paige & Josh's wedding pictures are works of art.
xo Kp

July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKris Patton

I've started making half batches when I make cookies...I still hoard but there's less of them to hoard so it seems better.

July 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSara

Your writing reveals your wonderful heart and personality very warm and clever,truely a gift as is the white plate/tile palette at your moms kitchen...i am always overwhelmed with the talents that keep emerging. you are going somewhere

July 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLinda (mom)

These look awesome! I have a few bananas in my kitchen that need to be used up. I think I found a new recipe to try:)

July 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNutmeg Nanny

Oooh! I can't get enough of cookies. And these are healthy versions?! Wow! Thanks for sharing :)

July 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCookie Cutter

How much do I love your giant photos? So pretty.

July 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHalf Assed Kitchen

these sound delish!
your photography is stunning (love the top down view) and I am so with you on the NEEDING a cookie when I make them-
hee hee.

glad I found your blog, now if I just had a bit more tmie in the kitchen.

July 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVanessa

Oh these look really good. I am super into sweets that have a nutty/oaty component. My stomach is growling!

July 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

We always need a cookie =) Great ingredients and flavours there!

July 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterpigpigscorner

The cookies look scrumptious, but the first paragraph brought back some really great memories. Gorgeous!

July 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEralda

I made these last night and they were delicious!

August 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterErin Cochran

These look like the perfect snack for my kids! I'm definitely going to give these a go. By the way, I just discovered your blog and I'm totally in love with it! You have the most beautiful photos I've ever seen on a food blog! :)

September 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJamieanne

I just made these! First batch out of the oven and second one in :) I made Heidi's sometime last year and the Hub and I loved it was fun to switch it up a teenie bit and try your rendition. Which, after my first (still warm and gooey) bite, I can honestly say are DIVINE. Wheat bran was an excellent idea :)

January 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessie

[...] Lastly, because this recipe restored my personal baking confidence, you should probably try these Oat’Nana Pucks and then bring me [...]

January 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTHE COOKIE PERSON. » Spr

Absolutely dying to try this!! YUM! What can I use instead of shredded coconut?

May 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMandakini

I make these cookies so often...I love them.

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

I made these last weekend, but they got really crumbly on me. I'm not sure what happened, but they still tasted delicious!

August 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaria @ Orchard Bloom

Nothing beats bananas + chocolate, or swimming. Now I just want to go swimming and immediately make these... thanks for the post!

December 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterClare

I made these a few days after you posted the recipe in 2009, and down a winding five-year road, with many variations along the way, they remain a favourite. Have loved learning about you – and myself – through this blog. x

July 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

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