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3-Ingredient Banana Almond Flour Cookies {Vegan, Oil-Free}

Blissful 3-Ingredient Banana Almond Flour Cookies made with nothing more than almond flour, bananas & baking powder. They are vegan, grain-free, oil-free, & Paleo.
3-ingedient banana almond flour cookies n a blue and white plate

I have been having fun stretching the possibilities of super-minimalist almond flour cookies in recent months. It started with my 3-Ingredient Almond Flour Cookies, but has expanded to include my Chocolate Almond Flour Cookies, Pumpkin Almond Flour Cookies, and 4-Ingredient Almond Flour Biscotti.

It’s time to add another to the list. Like its predecessors, this new recipe is easy, delicious, and versatile, yet still very healthy. In other words, a perfectly paradoxical cookie: equally ideal for holiday baking and for the healthy New Year to come.

Introducing my 3-Ingredient Banana Almond Flour Cookies!

vegan banana almond flour cookies on a wire cooling rack

What is the Taste & Texture of These Cookies?

Here are the essential stats for these cookies:

Texture: Soft and tender, with a bit of crispness at the edges. Homey and refined in one fell swoop, they do not taste like “special diet” cookies in any way.

Flavor: The banana flavor is subtle, balanced out by the nuttiness of the almond flour.

Sweetness: Perfectly sweet! The almond flour amplifies the sweetness from the bananas. Truly no need to add extra sweetener.

Nutritional Highlights of 3-Ingredient Banana Almond Flour Cookies

The cookies are also:

  • Vegan
  • Paleo
  • Grain-Free
  • Gluten-Free
  • Oil-Free
  • Added Sugar-Free
close up of a vegan grain-free banana almond flour cookie on a cooling rack

Add Your Favorite Flavors and Stir-Ins 

The basic recipe is nothing more than blanched almond flour, mashed ripe banana, and baking powder (plus optional salt).

However, the options for variation are vast!

For example, you can add flavorings (e.g., extracts, zests, spices), chopped nuts or seeds, chopped dried fruit, flake coconut, or miniature chocolate chips. I’ve included some ideas in the recipe below to get your creative juices flowing.

overhead shot of 3-ingedient banana almond flour cookies with various toppings

How to Make the Cookies

As simple as these cookies are to prepare. there is one critical ingredient and step I need to emphasize in order to ensure your success.

It’s the mashed banana.

First, it is essential that you use a very ripe banana, i.e., one with ample brown spots on the peel, but not one that is so far gone that it is starting to ooze/weep in any way.

Under-ripe or just-ripe bananas are still fairly starchy, which will work against success in tow ways: (1) the dough will be too dry (because the banana is stiff), and (2) the cookies will not be sweet enough (the stiff starch has not converted to sugar).

Second, you need to give the banana a vigorous mashing with a fork. I mean it. Work it with the fork until it is almost liquid, like so:

That is the only fussy part of the recipe. Otherwise, it will be smooth–and oh so delicious–sailing, each and every time you make these!

Oh, and in case it needs mentioning: although these taste decadent enough for dessert, they are more than healthy enough to savor as snacks and breakfast, too. That’s my kind of cookie!

Happy baking, everyone!

close up of a banana almond flour cookie on a piece of parchment paper

Happy baking, everyone!

More Grain-Free & Vegan Almond Flour Cookies to Try

  1. Almond Flour Graham Crackers
  2. 3-Ingredient Almond Flour Cookies {Vegan, Oil-Free, Keto Option}
  3. 4-Ingredient Chocolate Almond Flour Cookies
  4. 3-Ingredient Almond Flour Shortbread Cookies
  5. Pumpkin Almond Flour Cookies
  6. Sweet Potato Almond Flour Cookies
  7. 3-Ingredient Fresh Apple Almond Flour Cookies
Yield: 10 cookies

3-Ingredient Almond Flour Banana Cookies {Vegan, Grain-Free}

3-Ingredient Almond Flour Banana Cookies {Vegan, Grain-Free}

Blissful almond & banana cookies, made with 3 ingredients: almond flour, bananas & baking powder (salt is optional). Sweet, tender and crispy at the edges, they are oil-free, Paleo & vegan.

Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup blanched almond flour (not almond meal)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 1/3 cup very mashed, very ripe banana

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together the almond flour, baking powder and optional salt. Add the banana, stirring until completely blended.
  3. Using a small cookie scoop or a tablespoon, drop dough in mounds, spacing 2 inches apart, on prepared cookie sheet.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 13 to 16 minutes until golden brown at edges and centers of cookies feel firm to the touch. Transfer cookies to a cooling rack and cool completely.

Notes

Storage: Store the cooled cookies in an airtight container at (cool) room temperature for 2 days, the refrigerator for 5 days, or the freezer for up to 3 months.

Banana Tips: In order for this recipe to work well, it is important to (1) use a very ripe banana to create the mash (softer, higher sugar content than less ripe bananas); and (2) very finely mash the banana with a fork so that it is almost liquid (see photo above).

Variation Ideas:

Simple Additions: Add 1 teaspoon of lime zest, vanilla extract or almond extract to dough, or 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger, allspice or pumpkin pie spice.

Sugar Sparkle: Gently roll dough into 10 balls. Gently press top of each dough ball in a shallow dish of turbinado (raw) sugar.

Coconut: Gently roll dough into 10 balls, Gently press top of each dough ball in a shallow dish of finely chopped unsweetened flake coconut.

Peanut Butter Thumbprints: After scooping dough onto cookie sheet, make a shallow indentation in each dough mound and fill with about 1/4 teaspoon peanut butter before baking.

Cinnamon: dd 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract to the dough along with the banana.

Chocolate Chip: Add 2 tablespoons miniature semisweet chocolate chips to the dough. Alternatively, prepare dough as directed and press the chocolate chips into surfaces of scooped dough.

Nutrition Information

Yield

10

Serving Size

1 cookie

Amount Per Serving Calories 71Total Fat 5.6gSaturated Fat 0.4gCholesterol 0mgSodium 24.5mgCarbohydrates 4.2gFiber 1.4gSugar 1.3gProtein 2.5g

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Deni

Tuesday 10th of May 2022

Just made this!! Omg so good and just what I needed rn. I added some sugar and drizzled honey on top!

Camilla

Wednesday 11th of May 2022

Yum!!! That sounds super yummy, Deni! I am so glad that you like the cookies 😊

Lilly

Sunday 6th of March 2022

Hi Camila, can I use Hazelnut flour instead? or maybe coconut flour?

I've tried the other simple cookie recipe, only with almond flour (no banana), added lemon juice instead of water + lemon zest. It was super nice! I can't wait to try the banana recipe! ... thinking about making an extra batch with passion fruit!

Ria

Thursday 17th of February 2022

Followed the recipe and baked at 325F for 7 minutes in the airfryer. Turned out great!

Camilla

Friday 18th of February 2022

Oh, that's wonderful, Ria! I love the convenience of the air fryer, thanks for sharing so others (including me!) can follow your lead :)

Janice Townsend

Thursday 26th of August 2021

We love these cookies. What we added is a 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract and chocolate chips. YUM!

Camilla

Friday 27th of August 2021

Sounds perfect, Janice 😍

Dawn Mohrbacher

Monday 24th of May 2021

I made this and only altered with suggested spices. It is not sweet at all though I do like the texture. I am going to drizzle milk chocolate over them to add some sugar but if I made these again I would definitely add a sweetener to the mix (and I used very very ripe....last day bananas).

Off to make a banana upside down cake....we are high on ripe bananas this week lol

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