The flavors in these Weight Watchers Banana Oatmeal Cookies are amazing and you won't miss the added fat at all. This is one of those Weight Watchers recipes you will want to make every week! This is a great recipe for using up extra ripe bananas.
EASY SUBSTITUTIONS FOR HEALTHIER COOKIES
There are some ways to make cookies healthier. It is hard to make a cookie that actually tastes great and is totally healthy. I think it is worth some points to have a tasty end result.
Luckily though there are ways to reduce the calories and points in sweets if you are willing to make some substitutions and play around with the recipe a little bit. These ideas are not specific to this recipe but can be tried in lots of cookie and dessert recipes!
Some easy substitutions to make so you have a healthier dessert are:
- Change out whole milk for fat-free or 2% milk. You can even try subbing almond or coconut milk for regular milk.
- Substitute applesauce or ripened bananas for oil in some recipes.
- Try using whole wheat flour or white whole wheat flour instead of plain white flour. This will add a lot of nutrients to your dessert.
- Sugar is a major source of calories and points. You can cut the sugar needed by using ripened bananas as a sweetener. Honey and other natural sugar substitutes are also an idea.
- When a recipe calls for chocolate chips try using half of what is called for. You may be surprised that the end result is just as good and you saved a lot of calories!
INGREDIENTS FOR WW BANANA OATMEAL COOKIES
This recipe uses many of the substitutions that I mentioned above. These are easy to make and if you get in the habit of making swaps while you cook you will save calories all over the place!
- White Whole Wheat Flour
- Old Fashioned Oats
- Baking Powder
- Baking Soda
- Ground Cinnamon
- Very Ripe Bananas
- White Sugar
- Brown Sugar
- Vanilla Extract
- Mini Chocolate Chips
HOW TO MAKE WEIGHT WATCHERS BANANA OATMEAL COOKIES
The key to these Weight Watchers Banana Oatmeal Cookies being a success is the bananas you use. It is very important to use very ripe bananas because those are the sweetest and that sweetness is needed so we can cut a lot of sugar out of this recipe. If you don't have really ripe bananas it is better to wait a few days or add a little extra sugar to the recipe!
STEP ONE: PREPARE
Start off by preheating the oven to 350 degrees F.
Take 2 cookie sheets and line them with parchment paper.
STEP TWO: SIFT DRY INGREDIENTS
In a medium-sized bowl add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Sift these ingredients together so they are well blended.
STEP THREE: MIX
In a separate large bowl add the white and brown sugar, mashed bananas and vanilla extract. Mix these until they are well combined using a stand or handheld mixer.
STEP FOUR: COMBINE
Add the rolled oats and the dry flour mixture into the wet ingredients and fold it in.
Now add the chocolate chips and mix them in gently.
STEP FIVE: MAKE COOKIES
Using a small cookie scoop, drop the cookie dough onto the cookie sheets.
Flatten the tops a little bit with your fingers.
If you want to add a few mini chocolate chips to the top to make them prettier you can do that now. You will need to count the extra chocolate chips because those are not figured into my total.
STEP SIX: BAKE
Place the cookie sheets into the oven and bake for 15 minutes.
Remove from the oven and transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool.
Be sure to store any leftovers in an airtight container on the counter.
TIP: Since this recipe really depends on the sweetness of the bananas to be sweet enough it is a good idea to taste the dough before you bake. There are no eggs in this recipe so it isn't a big deal to taste the dough and make sure it is sweet enough. If you don't think it is sweet enough add a little bit more white sugar to the dough and mix well. Be sure to count the extra sugar!
WEIGHT WATCHERS BANANA OATMEAL COOKIES RECIPE
I know you are excited to try this Weight Watchers Banana Oatmeal Cookies recipe! You can download and print off the complete ingredients and instructions via the recipe card below.
This recipe makes 20 cookies. Each cookie is 3 Freestyle SmartPoints. It is important to use a small cookie scoop so you are making uniformly sized cookies. The key is to show restraint and only eat one or two cookies! 🙂
Weight Watchers Banana Oatmeal Cookies are a delicious WW dessert that the whole family will enjoy.
Preheat oven to 350 F and line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
In a medium-sized bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
In a separate large bowl, mix together both sugar, mashed bananas, and vanilla extract until well combined.
Add rolled oats and the dry flour mix to the wet ingredients and fold it in.
Add the chocolate chips and mix it in.
Using a small cookie scoop, drop the cookie batter onto the prepared cookie sheet. Flatten the tops with your fingers. Add a couple of mini chocolate chips on the top to make them pretty if desired.
Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool.
Store in an airtight container on the counter.
The amount of sugar will depend on the ripeness and sweetness of your bananas. Since its an egg free recipe, taste the cookie dough and add more sugar if needed.
Be sure to count any extra sugar or chocolate chips added for Weight Watchers.
This recipe should make 20 cookies. Each cookie is 3 Freestyle SmartPoints.
If you loved this Weight Watchers dessert recipe be sure to check out these:
- Weight Watchers Pumpkin Cookies
- Weight Watchers Energy Balls
- Air Fryer Cinnamon Apple Chips
- Sweet Potato Brownies
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