Date & Banana Cookies (gluten/dairy free)

By PaisleyJade - Monday, November 08, 2010

I love it when my kids enjoy eating things that I know are secretly really good for them... and these biscuits are just that!

The extra bonus with these biscuits is that they are gluten free, dairy free, super quick to make, great for using up those brown bananas that no one wants to eat, and also really fun to mix and match ingredients to suit your taste (or what's left in your pantry). 

I can see these being a regular visitor to our house (not that they last very long when they do come). 

If you look hard at my photos, you may notice that I didn't actually use dates or walnuts when following this recipe - but that's the great thing about it, as long as you stick to the measurements, anything goes!   You could try substituting the dates for cranberries, the walnuts for sliced almonds or coconut etc.



½ cup dates, chopped (or could use cranberries, raisins etc)
⅔ cup (75g) walnuts, chopped (or other nuts, seeds, dried fruit)
3 medium bananas
1¾ cups (175g) rolled oats
125 mls olive oil
1 tsp vanilla essence

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.   

Put Tbsp lots on baking sheet. 

Bake  200°C for 20 minutes, until golden.

Makes 18-20.

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  1. Anonymous12:40 pm

    mmmm those look so tasty! i will definitely be trying those with cranberries and walnuts. sounds amazing!

  2. Those look delicious! I will definitely be making them

  3. what an interesting recipe...bound together with olive oil! Will have to give it ago

  4. OOOHHH!! yay for gluten free cookies!
    I am bookmarking this one kristy!

  5. AND I just re-checked the recips - DAIRY free too.
    You should totally add that in your heading!

  6. Yummy and you can't beat the cranberries for lot of nutrients and flavor. Everything is good in them.

  7. Excellent... I've been looking at those brown spotty bananas thinking muffins?? But now will have to make these, I know there's some choc chips in the pantry too.

  8. Anonymous3:45 pm

    Ooo they look so tasty!
    Can I just point out though, oats are not considered safe for Coeliacs (they are grown with wheat and barley and get cross contaminated).
    It is possible to buy uncontaminated oats - but Im yet to find them. Hope I do so I can try these!!

  9. oops.. that last comment was from me - not sure why it says anonymous!

  10. Thank you for this recipe - I love easy ones with simple ingredients :) and I have all of what's required too! Mmmm, I know what I'm making tomorrow! Cheers!

  11. Anonymous5:34 pm

    now you are talking my language
    these i can make and enjoy!!!!
    thanks friend

    love and light

  12. wow, super healthy! I have dates in my cupboard but I've been banned from using them as Thierry absolutely hates them and won't try anything with them in! Will have to put them in something and give them away!

  13. These look yummy, and i'm gluten free. So, YEY! I didn't even know that oats were gluten free. So, double yey!

  14. They look so yummy!
    Thanks for sharing the recipe :)

  15. Mmm, these look good. I'll be trying them out for my wheat and dairy free boys, without the nuts too.

  16. Anonymous2:53 am

    I will definately be making these today...and I'll be adding figs and almonds :) Thank you for sharing!

  17. As soon as I saw this post, I forwarded it to my mum. She's been on a low fat, low sugar diet for ages and I know she would enjoy these.. let alone me...LOL!

    If nothing else, the pics are definitely enticing me to make these - they look so fresh and full of colour!

  18. Hi, don't miss my giveaway! good luck. mmmmm they look yum.

  19. YUM!!!
    Im experimenting with gluten free stuff at the mo too!

  20. Thanks so much! I have a friend who can't have refined sugar or anything gluten. This will be the perfect treat for her. And I'm sure good for the rest of us too.

  21. Do you mash the bananas?


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