Outside of sensitive skin, we’ve never really had to deal with allergies in our family. So when we discovered the little lion man had a dairy allergy, I was thrown for a little bit of a loop. Since he’s nursing, his milk protein allergy meant a brand-new eating adventure for me: dairy-free.

When the doctor first asked if I’d be ok with restricting dairy from my diet, I said “of course!” {A mild inconvenience for me means my two-month old infant will be happier and healthier? No-brainer.} At first, I hadn’t really contemplated the magnitude of ‘dairy free.’ I was thinking no ice cream, no yogurt, no cheese — no big deal. Then I realized just how prevalent dairy is in our everyday foods. It’s tough just finding a loaf of bread that doesn’t use some variation of dairy as a preservative.

My biggest hurdle  is breakfast. I’m a cereal-and-milk-kinda girl and no milk variation seemed to do the trick. Truthfully, dairy substitutes aren’t really scoring high for me so my plan of attack is ‘if you can’t have the real thing, find something new’ rather than ‘find a substitute.’

In my quest to find a new breakfast go-to I tried every variation of oatmeal available. I love a good oatmeal cookie but I hate — and I mean hate — oatmeal. I know so many people who swear by it but I cannot (canNOT CANNOT) stand the texture. It’s not for lack of effort. Believe me, I’ve tried. You should see Pat’s face when I try to choke down a bowl.

So I was delighted to stumble across this recipe for dairy-free oatmeal cookies. Made from mashed overripe bananas and oatmeal, these are nutrient packed and delicious. I augmented the recipe a bit and added dried fruit and nuts.

Seriously delicious. And there’s the added renegade bonus of eating cookies for breakfast.

Dairy-Free {Guilt-Free!} Oatmeal Banana Cookies

20 minutes  | Makes about 2 dozen cookies


  • 3 overripe bananas
  • 1.5 cups of quick-cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup of walnuts
  • 1/4 cup of pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup of dried cranberries
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • organic non-stick cooking spray

How to Make Them

Preheat Oven to 350 F. Spray cookie sheets with non-stick cooking spray.

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Combine all ingredients in a bowl with a potato masher.

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Scoop by rounded tablespoon onto cookie sheet. Bake for 15-17 minutes. Let cool. ENJOY!

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*These store for about 5 days in an air-tight container.