5 ingredient Christmas cookies

It’s probably pretty evident after 4+ months of blogging that I’m not much of a baker. The closest I’ve come to posting a sweet recipe is in this breakfast fruit crumble post!
It’s not that I don’t have a sweet tooth – quite the contrary! – it’s just that whenever I make my own sweets, I turn into an out of control sugar-crazed beast and somehow end up eating them all in record time. For some reason I’m totally fine eating things that others have made/that are store-bought or ordered at a restaurant… But then I make my own, and suddenly I’m thinking about cake while brushing my teeth, while showering, while making dinner… And it doesn’t help that Pieter doesn’t really care for desserts, so pawning off whatever I make onto him just isn’t a viable option. 😛

5 ingredient Christmas cookies! Mashed banana and rolled oats make up the base of these super easy, super festive little cookies.

So yes. For the sake of my teeth and my general health and the sanity of those around me (the sugar rush is real), I’m not much of a baker. And for that reason, I also haven’t developed the level of comfort with baking that allows you to really get creative in the kitchen. I really wish I had though – I’m always so impressed by cooking show competitors when they casually whip out incredible and experimental desserts from classic base recipes!

Which brings me to these 5 ingredient Christmas cookies – because yes, Christmas is less than three weeks away. WHAT????!!! If you, like me, are a rather rusty baker, and/or if you, ALSO like me, are a last-minute *magician*, these are a great little festive option to whip up. Plus you can dazzle everyone with how healthy they are – they’re practically your morning bowl of oatmeal! (Unless you eat them all in one sitting, that is, which has totally never happened here ever.)

5 ingredient Christmas cookies! Mashed banana and rolled oats make up the base of these super easy, super festive little cookies.

The base is made with mashed banana and rolled oats, which you’re likely to have already, and the level of skill required is pretty much zero. So: right up my alley.

5 ingredient Christmas cookies! Mashed banana and rolled oats make up the base of these super easy, super festive little cookies.


These cookies obviously don’t have the texture of super decadent cookies made with traditional batter, but they’re nice and chewy – a bit like an oatmeal raisin cookie, unsurprisingly – and they stay moist and tender for several days… Or, you know, 2.5 days, which is the longest I’ve ever been able to make them last. 😎 That was actually quite the triumph, not gonna lie.

While the recipe I’m giving you guys here is for Christmas-themed cookies, these also work for triple chocolate chunk, white chocolate & macadamia, dark chocolate & cranberry… you name it! I wish I could take credit for the idea, but my friend Emily was the one to tell me about this genius trick (thank you!).

5 ingredient Christmas cookies! Mashed banana and rolled oats make up the base of these super easy, super festive little cookies.

The weather’s been quite ‘balmy’ (humid and rainy) around here so I wasn’t in much of a Christmassy mood yet… Until we went out and did possibly the most adult thing we’ve done in our entire lives: we bought a mini Christmas tree! It is super adorable and adorned with makeshift garland and bowls, and Porgy is set on destroying it if it’s the last thing she’s does. Whether or not she succeeds, I’m well and truly in the Christmas spirit now, so LOOK OUT!!

5 ingredient Christmas cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 8-10 cookies

5 ingredient Christmas cookies


2 mashed bananas
1 cup rolled oats
handful of pistachios, roughly chopped
handful of dried cranberries, roughly chopped
handful of white chocolate chunks


1. Preheat the oven to 175c/350f.
2. Combine the banana and oats, then throw in all other ingredients and stir until everything sticks together.
3. Use your hands to form little balls (you should get about 8-10 from one batch), then place on a lined baking sheet and flatten slightly.
4. Bake for about 10-15 minutes, or until the tops of the cookies have turned a light golden brown.
5. Let cool slightly, then enjoy!


  1. says

    My favorite Christmas cookies are white chocolate cranberry oatmeal so these sound right up my alley! I so know what you mean as well, for some reason when I bake I seem to lose all self control and challenge myself to eat all the sweets as fast as possible ha.

    • sophie says

      Oh gosh I’m glad I’m not the only one!!! I really wonder where that weird urge stems from?

  2. says

    Did you really just make a cookie with mashed bananas and no oil, butter, or sugar??? I think my prayers have been answered! I have to make this ASAP because it means I can be healthy and eat my cookies too. YAY!!!!!! Merry Xmas to me :)

    • sophie says

      Yesss!!! You can definitely add some sort of sweetener if your bananas aren’t super ripe, but in my opinion they’re perfect without anything else added! (Obviously not as decadent as those incredible white chocolate macadamia cookies they sell at Starbucks, but definitely satisfy my sweet tooth!)


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