Skinny Chunky Monkey Cookies Recipe


When I was pregnant with my first baby, I gained 65 pounds.  I have always been a huge sweets fan and it was only worse when I was pregnant!  My poor, pregnant body knows all too well the effects a pint of Ben and Jerry’s Chunky Monkey can have on it.

This pregnancy I decided to try and eat only one or two treats a day (I can’t live a day with out dessert.  Trust me, I have tried and I am miserable!) rather than a whole batch. I decided I better try this healthy cookie recipe to lighten my load a little bit.  They only have 56 calories a cookie!  They don’t have any eggs or flour in them and are so easy to make.  If you taste the batter and decide it isn’t sweet enough, a little bit more honey and a little bit of semi-sweet chocolate chips will do the trick (don’t worry, I won’t tell anyone).


Keep in mind that these cookies are from a healthy recipe with natural sweeteners . . . if you are looking for a different kind of chocolate peanut butter cookie, be sure to check out our favorite ones here.

Serves: 30

Skinny Chunky Monkey Cookies Recipe

10 minPrep Time

10 minCook Time

20 minTotal Time

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  • 3 bananas (ripe)
  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup creamy natural peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 4 Tablespoons honey
  • Dash cinnamon - optional
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips - optional


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Mash bananas in a large bowl, then stir in remaining ingredients.
  3. Let batter stand for approximately 20 minutes, then drop by heaping spoonfuls onto an ungreased baking sheet.
  4. Bake 10-12 minutes (these cookies retain their shape and don't spread out on the cookie sheet, so keep that in mind).


Freezing Directions:
Cool completely, then place cookies in a freezer bag. Seal, label, and freeze.



2129 cal


60 g


418 g


46 g
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103 Responses to “Skinny Chunky Monkey Cookies Recipe”

  1. I am absolutely going to be making these! HOORAY for a gluten-free (if you use GF products) egg-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free treat I can eat!!! And they sound so simple. Of course, I also have to substitute Sunbutter for the P.B., but hey, I can do that! THANK-YOU!!!
  2. YOu described me to a T. I gained 60 lbs with baby #2 and hated cooking for myself at home. My baby is 10 months old and I still have 5lbs to be back to pre-baby, but I just can't go a day without sweets!!! Thanks for sharing, love yall's site!
  3. I'm confused by the comments because 1 teaspoon isn't THAT small! Anyway, for me I came out with 78 cookies exactly. I gather the reason for these cookies is to eat healthier compared to the crazy processed calorie laden alternatives. For that, this is a great recipe. I would encourage people to venture out and try them, even with banana, even with only 1 teaspoon, just try it! Thank you for the recipe, my hubster will love them.
  4. I wish I had read the comments before I made these. While the lack of sugar didn't bother me, the blah taste of the cookie and the texture were odd. I was really looking fwd to a cookie that had no dairy, no fat, and no processed sugar but these missed the mark for my tastebuds. Thanks for sharing but they're just not for me.
  5. I wish I would have read the reviews before I made them. We did NOT like them. I was thinking they would be sweet or anything, but they just didn't do it for us. I should have made banana bread with my ripe bananas. :( Lesson learned: read reviews. :) On another note, I love your blog and have had really good luck with other stuff!!! The three envelope pot roast sliders are AWE-SOME!!!
  6. I have these in the oven as I write this, I used quick oats and very over ripe bananas from the freezer, and the texture was similar to no bake cookies with the quick oats (this might be the solution for the texture issue and I didn't have to wait the 20 mins). I have high expectations for the cookies because the batter was so yummy. On the plus side, if the cookies do not turn out the batter can be eaten raw (no eggs YAY) as a Chunky Monkey pudding or as Chunky Monkey Overnight oats as a breakfast treat! Keeper for me either way, perfect "treat" for my 3 year old :)
  7. Made these last week and I didn't really care for them. I felt there were way too many bananas that left them super mushy and a off putting consistency. So I made them again yesterday but added some twists.
    1 banana
    1 pint raspberries
    1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
    1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
    1/4 cup chopped pecans (walnuts or almonds would work as well)
    1 1/2 cups quick cooking oats
    2 squares, broken into bits, 90% cacao chocolate
    Drop these by the spoonful, bake at the same temperature for 12-14 minutes.
    It makes about 15(good sized cookies) with 74 calories, 12 carbs, 3g fat, 2g protein.
    Without the 2 squares of 90% cacao it would be 66 calories, 11 carbs, 2g fat, 2g protein.
    And without the nuts or 90% cacao it is 53 calories, 11 carbs, 1g fat, 2g protein.

    Anyways, thanks for letting me share! :D
  8. I found this recipe via Pinterest and made them this week. We love them! I think (like most things in life) it's a matter of expectations. If you expect this to taste like a chocolate chip cookie, you'll be disappointed, but as a healthy cookie alternative, these are great. Just enough to take care of a sweet craving. Attempts to cut out sweets never end well for us, so I'm always looking for something sweet we can have that's not terrible for us. I got 26 cookies out of it, but then I always make cookies too big.
  9. I dont understand the bad reviews. These cookies are AMAZING!!!! If you're expecting mrs fields, these aren't for you... If you are trying for a sweet tooth fix in a super healthy way, this is it! I refrigerate them and it's like a nice cool pudding cookie I treat myself to after a workout. I'm still shedding the baby weight and these make me feel like I'm not deprived of sweets so I stick to my Vegan weight loss diet better. Thank you!!!!!
  10. Oh my these we're horrible. My kids wouldn't eat them and neither would I. Thankfully I only baked one tray and then tried them. I was making these to bring them to a bridal shower. In order to not have wasted the ingredients I doctored up the rest with shredded coconut, cream of coconut and some sugar. Accidentally added the bad cookies onto the plate for the shower. Thankfully I told the guests and warned them. The two that accidentally got the o Reginald recipe cookies couldn't even finish them. Don't know how anyone could like this recipe. Sorry. Would rather have a few more calories and get some flavor.
  11. I just made this! I think next time I will add chocolate chips for a bit more sweetness but they are great and very satisfying for my sweet craving! I cooked them for double the time so they weren't so soft on the inside. You can see mine here:
  12. To all those who feel the cookie is a little bland - try adding a dash of salt to the batter. I always use a dash of salt in my cookie recipes (especially anything with chocolate) and it makes all the difference! I found it really knocked up the flavor on these as well - quite delicious for a guilt-free treat! :) And a nice recipe I can let the kiddos gorge themselves on without worry. :P
  13. I just made these today. I did not vary from the recipe except I added a little salt to mine. It made about 75 cookies. I am on weight watchers and they do the trick for just wanting a little something sweet. I like the banana flavor. Two cookies= 1 wwp+. I like the fact that they are natural. I think that in a world full of fat, calories, and preservative enriched foods we get so used to having a TON of sweetness in our foods.
  14. I'm pretty shocked by all of the negative comments for these cookies! I was SO excited to find a cookie that was sugar free, dairy free, egg free, gluten free, and peanut free (I substituted almond butter for the peanut butter)!!! After making the first batch already I can tell you that these cookies ARE yummy! No, they are not a straight across substitute for melt in your mouth chocolate chip cookies, but they are sooo much healthier. You just need to keep in mind they don't have sugar - so they won't be the type of sweet you're used to! If you don't like bananas, then this recipe probably isn't for you!
  15. Just got done making these and before freezing them I really like them! I love that it's a recipe that I can safely let my toddler help with and not worry when the inevitable happens and he sticks his fingers in the batter for a taste. We are doing B-Banana week for his home school and this is a great treat for him. We used a tablespoon for each cookie resulting in 36 cookies at about 40 calories each with crunchy peanut butter for more texture. And best of all my diabetic husband has something that works for him as a little treat!
  16. When I first tasted the batter I thought it tasted WAY too bitter, and so I added about 6 spoonfuls of sugar to it, along with a few handfuls of semisweet chocolate chips. I know this added to the calorie count, but it made the cookies way better! Also, you will want to freeze them for two reasons. One is that for some reason they taste much better that way, and I did try them both warm from the oven and frozen. Two is that the bananas in the recipe will go bad quickly if you leave the cookies sitting out on a plate. Overall, a good recipe! Even with the sugar and chocolate chips it is still a low calorie desert!
  17. Insane Mum of 3
    Just made these and I used a small ice cream scoop to portion out cookies. I got 24 cookies out of one batch, but I made them to feed kids a healthy snack. They taste great, the kids love them and they are not filled with refined sugar! Will have to try the pumpkin option for an autumn flare and will have to look in to some type of nut free substitute for school friendly batches. Thanks for finding and sharing! love them!
  18. I had 6 very very ripe bananas and I wanted to try something besides the usual banana bread. I think these cookies turned out quite nice. The first batch I made up following the directions (though I forgot the vanilla!) and the kids liked them. The 2nd batch I made a few slight changes. I only used 2 T cocoa powder, put the vanilla in there, added 2T sugar and a 1/4 tsp cinnamon. I also used a TBS when dropping the cookies and I got 2 dz out of each batch. I prefer the taste of the 2nd batch and they taste better the next day. They are nice and chewy and have a nice hint of PB and banana with that slight cocoa taste.
  19. Sharon Bull
    It is interesting that half of the posts say how great the cookies are and the others hate them. I really think it might depend upon how much sugar one normally eats, plus ingredient preferences. Since I have reduced my sugar intake my taste buds have changed and many things are now too sweet for me. I have a favorite breakfast fruit smoothie that my husband and I love but it contains no sugar. When I proudly gave it to my friend and her daughter they hated it and thought it was the worst smoothie they have ever tasted! Oh we'll, different strokes for different folks. Thanks for the recipe, can't wait to try it.
  20. Love these! Raw mix tastes great, cooked and eaten warm or frozen, they taste great. I understand some folks need a little more sweetness and that's fine too, just add your preferred sweetener to taste. I find the riper the bananas the sweeter the cookie. I also use raw cacao instead of cocoa powder. This one is a keeper! Thanks
  21. Due to food allergies, I substituted cooked quinoa for the oats, vanilla almond butter for peanut butter, and per other reviews, added a bit of agave nectar. I thought they turned out pretty decent. Like someone else mentioned, if you are used to eating regular cookies you will probably not like these. I eat mostly paleo so to me they actually taste pretty good. My husband and 3.5 year old did not care for them!
  22. We wanted to let you know we shared your delicious recipe on our 40+ Skinny Recipes To Start Your Year Healthy post! Check it out! Feel free to share on social media! Happy & Healthy New Year! Catherine @ The Shopping Mama
  23. These are perfect for a Whole Food Plant-Based person! I used pure maple syrup instead of honey and added 2 Tablespoons of ground Chia seeds (or can use flax or hemp seeds). If you are used to eating refined sugars saturated fats, oils, these might not be pleasing as others reviews state. But I will be making a version of these for a long time! Thank you!

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