If you’re in need of a way to use up those brown bananas sitting on your counter, look no further than these delicious gluten free banana cookies!  These banana bread cookies are moist, naturally sweet, and only call for 6 simple ingredients – yay!

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I wanted to keep this paleo banana cookie recipe as simple as possible, using as few ingredients as I could.  I think I rose up to the challenge if I do say so myself.  Here’s what you’ll need to make these dairy free banana bread cookies – which, by the way, are vegan, gluten free, AND paleo!Banana Bread Cookies (Gluten Free, Vegan, Paleo)Play Video

Ingredients For Gluten Free Banana Cookies

By using only a handful of ingredients, it allowed the banana flavor to really shine.  I mean, you can’t have banana cookies without banana!  And you’ll never guess these banana bread cookies are made without eggs.

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These almond flour banana bread cookies are easy to make.  Like really easy.  Here’s what you do:

How To Make Paleo Banana Bread Cookies:

  • Mix up the dry ingredients (almond flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt)
  • Mash the bananas with a fork and add them to the dry ingredients
  • Add in maple syrup and mix until combined
  • Scoop onto a parchment lined cookie sheet, flatten, and bake for 26-30 minutes.

I just can’t get over how ridiculously simple these are!!

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If making an actual loaf of banana bread intimidates you, give these cookies a shot.  They are practically fool proof and I know you’ll love them.  And if you have kids…they’re gonna go bananas over these!

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Tips For Making Banana Cookies

  • Don’t mash the bananas to death – keep a little texture in them!
  • Always measure the mashed bananas with measuring cups.  Don’t just guess by the size of the banana.
  • Ovens vary.  Keep an eye on them and take them out when the tops are golden brown and your kitchen smells like banana bread!
  • They will continue to set up as they cool, so for the best texture, let them come to room temperature.
  • I personally like the recipe as written, but listed a few optional add-ins for people wanting more flavor.  Also, my readers have added some yummy things with great success (like nut butter, flax seeds, oats etc.) so be sure to read the comments for more ideas!
  • If you love these cookies, you should try my banana split ice cream sandwiches!  They are DELISH!

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Banana Bread Cookies (gluten free, vegan)

These easy vegan and paleo banana bread cookies are a delicious and healthy treat the whole family will enjoy. Their banana bread flavor is to die for!Prep Time5 minsCook Time28 minsTotal Time33 minsRecipe Type: CookiesServings: 15Author: Simply Jillicious


Optional Add-ins

  • 1 egg (makes the cookies fluffier and brings out the banana flavor – thanks reader Brandi!)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • extra 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

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  • Preheat the oven to 350℉ and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  • Add the almond flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon to a bowl and mix well
  • Mash the bananas with a fork and add them to the dry ingredients (I mash, then measure)
  • Add the maple syrup
  • Mix until all the ingredients are evenly incorporated
  • Use a 1.5 tablespoon cookie scoop to scoop the dough onto the baking sheet
  • Gently flatten the cookies with a fork or back of a spoon.
  • Bake for 26-30 minutes until the middles have set and aren’t wet (mine were perfect at 28 minutes)
  • After the cookies come out of the oven, place them on a wire rack to cool
  • Let the cookies come to room temperature before eating
  • Store in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 5 days


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These cookies won’t spread too much so I put all 15 cookies on one baking sheet, so I won’t have to bake 2 batches.For this recipe I used a 1.5 tablespoon cookie scoop.**These cookies are almost entirely sweetened by bananas, so make sure your bananas are really overripe!**Substitutions:  Regular Flour: Regular flour cannot be subbed 1:1 with almond flour.  Therefore I wouldn’t recommend making this recipe with normal wheat flour.  I’m unable to test regular flour because of my gluten allergy so I cannot guarantee your results, but others have tried it and said 1 1/4 cup of regular flour worked well. However, I would still recommend following the recipe.Nut Free: I’ve had a reader say that using 1/2 cup sunflower seed flour and 1 cup oat flour worked well. I have not tested this and cannot guarantee your results. Pin Recipe

 Hungry for more?  Try some of my favorite recipes!

Paleo Spice Cake with Cinnamon Maple Glaze
Gluten Free Pancakes
Crunchy Almond Butter Cups
Coconut Lime Date Balls
Pineapple Chicken Fajitas
Paleo Whoopie Pies

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