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Brown butter oatmeal chocolate chip banana bread cookie bites are thick, fluffy, pillowy, cake-like little bites of banana bread heaven. |

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Cookies

  • Author: Sam | Ahead of Thyme
  • Total Time: 2 hours 25 minutes
  • Yield: 24 cookies
  • Diet: Vegetarian


Brown butter oatmeal chocolate chip banana bread cookies are thick, fluffy, pillowy, cake-like little bites of banana bread heaven AND so easy to make!


  • 1/4 cup butter, browned or melted
  • 1/2 cup mashed banana (1 large or 2 small bananas)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips or chunks, divided


  1. First, you will need to brown the butter. To do this, cut the butter into smaller pieces to ensure even cooking. Melt it in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Use a rubber spatula, and begin stirring as soon as the butter melts. Continuously stir throughout the entire process to prevent burning. The butter will start to foam and sizzle, then you will start to see milk solids on the bottom of the pan. Continuously stir until butter turns a golden brown colour and gives off a nutty aroma. Once the milk solids turn a toasty brown colour, immediately remove from heat and pour into a heat-proof bowl. This entire process will take about 8-10 minutes. Allow butter to cool for 5-10 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, add brown butter, mashed banana, egg, vanilla extract, and brown sugar. Use a hand mixer to combine.
  3. Add in flour, oat flour, rolled oats, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. Beat on low until just combined. Use a spatula to stir in 3/4 cup of the chocolate chips. The cookie dough will be on the wetter side.
  4. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate dough for at least 2 hours or overnight. This is required to get fluffy and pillowy cookies, rather than flat ones that spread.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 F. Use a medium-sized cookie scooper to scoop out about 2 tablespoons of cookie dough onto a lined cookie sheet, spaced 2 inches apart. Press in remaining chocolate chips (1/4 cup) onto the top of each cookie dough ball. Bake for 10 minutes, until the edges and tops have set. The cookies might look slightly undercooked but they will continue to firm up once out of the oven. Let them cool on the baking tray for 10-15 minutes before indulging.


Brown butter will give the best results, but you can also use melted butter if you are short on time.

You can store these cookie bites in an airtight container for up to 3 days at room temperature, or up to 3 months in the freezer.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes (+2 hours wait time)
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: banana bread cookies, chocolate chip cookies, banana oatmeal chocolate chip, brown butter cookies